Killing Eve and Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh has created history in Hollywood. She scored an Emmy nomination for best actress in a drama, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to achieve the feat.

She is nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting category in a thrilling drama series. Her performance in the BBC America series has won her wide acclaim from critics and audiences

Oh is not a new name in the fraternity. As the leading star for her remarkable work in Grey’s Anatomy, she had been nominated five times in the supporting category and is now the first Asian actress to get an Emmy nomination.

Oh plays Eve Polastri, a MI5 officer, in Killing Eve. It is mostly shot in Europe. “It’s a complicated role that also requires precise comic timing, and Oh nails every aspect of it,” reads Variety’s review

She was born in Canada to Korean immigrant parents. Some of her recognisable performances were in The Princess Diaries, Under the Tuscan Sun, Big Fat Liar and her feature debut, Double Happiness. In addition to this, she has given voice for animation, most notably in the series “Arliss” in the late 1990s.

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“I’ve been in this industry for a long time and what I’ve seen and experienced is how long it takes to make actual real change — and it’s not the real change our community is needing and seeking,” Oh said, reported

“Where is our Black Panther? I know our community wants that and our community is impatient for it.”

It is appalling to learn that before Oh, no Asian descent was on nominated on American TV. “There’s something in the invisible feeling of many Asian-American cultures. Invisibleness is extremely, profoundly internalised. Our burden and our change are much more interior and mental,” she added.

Fans are applauding her latest feat online:

The Emmy Awards will take place on September 17.

Feature Image Credit: Elle

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