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Sandra Oh

Canadian actress Sandra Oh, born to Korean parents, was first interested in ballet, not acting. She began her professional career as an actress at age 15 in high school, acting on TV and in theater.

In 1995, Oh won her first Genie award (Canada's equivalent to the Oscar) for her much-talked-about lead role as feisty Jade Li in the drama "Double Happiness."

Gigs on American TV series such as "Popular," "Six Feet Under," and "Judging Amy," prepped her for a recurring role as Rita Wu on HBO's "Arli$$," which ended in 2002.

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Right before her turn as a surgical intern on "Grey's Anatomy," Oh starred as Stephanie, a sexy wine pour girl, in the critically acclaimed 2004 drama "Sideways," starring Paul Giamatti. The film was directed by her then-husband, Alexander Payne (they divorced in 2005). She was cast as over-achieving intern Christina Yang on "Grey's Anatomy" in 2005.