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SAG Awards 2019: Sandra Oh shares the powerful advice that shaped her career

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The actress used her acceptance speech to give thanks to those who had supported her along the way.

Consider this our petition for Sandra Oh to win all the awards henceforth.

The Canadian-Korean star just picked up her third Best Actress in a Drama award at the Screen Actors Guilds to keep on her mantelpiece alongside her Golden Globe and her Critics Choice Award. The award was in recognition for Oh’s stellar performance in Killing Eve as a haunted analyst tracking down a ruthless serial killer.

In her acceptance speech, Oh tearfully thanked the actors and actresses who had supported her in her career.

“I’d like to thank my mentor and all the fellow creative dreamers,” she said. “I am not the actor I am without the work that we share. I want to thank my fellow actors, I have felt your support so tremendously these past few years.” 

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Oh singled out a few of her peers in her speech, actors and actresses whose words of praise had reverberated in her head over the last two decades and shaped her career. 

“Jamie Foxx, in 2006, pulled my aside and said ‘Keep going,’” Oh recalled. “And in 2017, Lena Waithe just embraced me and said: ‘You already won. It’s in the work’. So thank you to my fellow actors. Thank you so much.”

Oh also used her acceptance speech to pay tribute to her co-stars in Killing Eve Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw, as well as her fellow nominees in the Best Actress category.

Oh has been reminding everyone of the very tangible power of advice, support and compliments in her acceptance speeches this year. At the Critics Choice Awards, Oh heaped praise upon her co-star Comer, calling her “my obsession, my other half” and the “person who’s pushed me to the limit.” 

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer at the Golden Globes

“When it’s just the two of us on set, the entire world goes away,” she said. “I’m so appreciative of your trust and your talents.”

The pair will be returning to the small screen in the second season of Killing Eve in April, which will be set just 36 seconds after the end ofthe first season. Villanelle has disappeared and Eve is left to pick up the pieces of her life, unclear if Villanelle is dead or alive.

“Why are you and Villanelle so interested in each other?” Fiona Shaw’s spymaster Carolyn asks Eve. “What really happened in Paris?” 

It’s Eve’s obsession with Villanelle that drew her into the role in the first place, Oh has said.

“There’s tons of things that are interesting to me,” Oh told Variety of the character of Eve. “I love spy stuff—who doesn’t? So to kind of upend that…because this character is not slick. I felt immediately like I could understand Eve. But the two biggest things were what I felt the piece was about, which was an investigation of the female psyche, and the originality of the voice and the tone of [writer director] Phoebe [Waller-Bridge].”

 As for the insane popularity of the show, which received more than 40 million streaming requests when it launched on BBC iPlayer, Oh has said it’s all about its inscrutability.

“It’s mysterious for Eve, still, and it’s mysterious for me,” Oh told Variety

“But I think maybe why it resonates with people is that you can fill that mystery in with whatever is right for you. I think there’s so many things that make the character of Villanelle compelling; you can kind of see it from Eve’s point of view.” 

She added: “One thing that I can say—and this is the classic thing with a psychopath or sociopath—is that they have no guilt. On a day-to-day level, on a lot of fronts, there’s a lot of freedom in that, the idea of living without guilt, or without shame, or without rules. I think that’s an extremely attractive part of Villanelle.”

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