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Sandra Oh Shares Traumatic Experience After Grey’s Anatomy Stardom!

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Sandra Oh shared how she was able to go from “hiding in restaurants” to freely moving about in an upcoming interview with Today‘s Willie Geist

Sandra Oh learned a lot playing Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, but it was her experience working with a different type of medical professional that gave her the tools to thrive and survive stardom.

To be perfectly honest, it was traumatic. It was traumatic,” the Chair actress, 50, explained in a sneak peek from her Sunday Today With Willie Geist interview, which airs Sunday, August 29-

And the reason why I’m saying that is the circumstances you need to do your work is with a lot of privacy. So when one loses one’s anonymity, you have to build skills to still try and be real. I went from not being able to go out, like, hiding in restaurants, to then being able to manage attention, manage expectation, while not losing the sense of self.

Sandra added that before she sought professional help, she was not able to “go out” and when she did, she was “hiding in restaurants.”

Eventually, she found a “good therapist,” who helped her to “manage attention, manage expectation, while not losing the sense of self.”

A big lesson the therapist taught her was the power of protecting your own energy. She explained, “You just have to work at finding your way to stay grounded. And a lot of times that’s by saying no.”

Sandra Oh Reveals ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stardom Led to Insomnia and Body Aches

The acclaimed actor opened up about the effects that her sudden “Grey’s Anatomy” fame had on her health during a Variety “Actors on Actors” conversation, presented by Apple TV+, with “Squid Game” breakout star Jung Ho-yeon. According to Oh, the experience of suddenly being in the limelight caused her to experience serious health effects while she was filming the ABC medical drama.

“Honestly, I got sick. I think my whole body was very, very sick. Even though you keep on working, but it’s just like, ‘Oh, I can’t sleep. Oh, my back hurts, I don’t know what’s wrong with my skin,’” Oh said during the conversation with Ho-yeon.

Oh shared the experience when Ho-yeon asked her how she handled navigating public attention. However, Oh noted that their experiences were both very different, with Oh’s pre-dating the rise of social media.

“When ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ came, I think my life changed very much,” Oh told Ho-yeon. “It’s tricky to imagine, because this is almost 20 years ago. So the context is very different. But the stress is the same, or the confusion is the same … when people are in extremely amazing, privileged, heavy responsibility positions like this. Your personal health is, I think I realized, came first.”

When reflecting on her experiences with “Grey’s,” Oh told Ho-yeon that she learned that she needed to be happy with herself in order to be at peace in the spotlight.

“I learned that I had to take care of my health first,” Oh said. “But that’s not only your body. That is your soul. That is definitely your mind. So even those things like doubt, question. ‘Cause you can’t, ultimately, depend on anyone else. You have to somehow find it within yourself. You ask people’s opinions, yes of course, but ultimately, we are alone with ourselves.”

And Sandra is comfortable enough saying no to the opportunity to return to Grey’s Anatomy. She recently told E! News’ Daily Pop that she has no desire to slip on Cristina Yang’s scrubs. “It’s really a time in my past,” she shared, adding that she still thinks, “It’s a great privilege to have been on a show like that.” 

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Source: Variety

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