Sandra Oh has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.
Oh, 47, was honored for playing Eve Polastri, an MI5 analyst who hunts for — and becomes obsessed with — an unhinged female assassin named Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Earlier this month, Oh won her first award for playing Eve at the Golden Globes, where she not only hosted the NBC telecast but was named Best Actress in a TV Drama. It was Oh’s second Globe win overall (she nabbed one in 2006 for Grey’s Anatomy), which made her the first Asian performer to win multiple Golden Globes.
For the SAG prize, Oh beat out Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Laura Linney (Ozark), and Julia Garner (Ozark). Oh also earned an Emmy nomination last year for her role as Eve on BBC America.
Backstage, Oh was asked to opine on diversity in Hollywood. “Are we there yet? Of course not. But it’s always good to have something to aspire to and move towards, for us to see ourselves is a deeply human need and I’m here to do my best to fulfill that.”
As for her character of Eve and what people can learn from her, Oh said people should “embrace your own darkness and shadow because if you don’t make space for it, it’ll come and destroy you, as she’s coming after Eve to destroy her.”
-With reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy