In today’s edition of heart-crushing news, Canadian TV goddess Sandra Oh has confirmed AGAIN that she will not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesday’s at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) to reprise her role as Dr. Cristina Yang. While attending the Season 2 premiere of her series Killing Eve (and slaying in her white suit), Oh confirmed she has no plans on putting her scrubs back on anytime soon, saying, “I am Eve and that’s where I plan to stay as long as the show will have me.”
Grey’s Anatomy just became the longest running medical drama of all time on TV and has no signs of slowing down, whereas Killing Eve’s longevity has yet to be proven. As long as Killing Eve will have her? This is literally all we heard from the interview.
Speaking to Extra, Oh said she’s frequently asked about returning to Grey’s Anatomy because the fandom is real. “I just got to tell you, creatively you have moved on and while I know, and I deeply appreciate it, because I can feel it from the fans how much they love Cristina and that the show also still keeps Cristina alive, for me, [Killing Eve] is my home now,” she said. “This is where I am.”
Oh has previously stated that she has no plans on returning to Grey’s Anatomy, telling Access in 2017 that she and show creator Shonda Rhimes had discussed a cameo, with Oh saying, “I just don’t know. It would have to feel right.”
Fresh off her hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, where she paid homage to her Canadian roots both during the opening monologue and later in the show by wearing a t-shirt with the CBC logo, Oh has been making waves with her role as FBI agent Eve Polastri.
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In January, she became the first Asian American to host the Golden Globes and became the first actor of Asian descent to win two Golden Globes, winning Best Actress in A Drama for Killing Eve. Oh won her first Golden Globe in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for playing Cristina Yang.
Oh starred on Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 until 2014, when her character left with a final line that summed up her character. Powerful, brilliant, quietly emotional and a beacon of female friendship. We get that Oh doesn’t want to tarnish her perfect exit. But we also get that we want Cristina Yang back at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. So, we’re torn.
Even if Oh doesn’t reprise her role as Cristina Yang (still a chance!), her impact continues to be felt on the series, not only in the fictional world of Grey’s Anatomy, where her character is often referenced by Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey, but by paving the way for other actors of Asian descent. Being a trailblazer? That’s so Cristina Yang.