Celebrity Girl Crush: Sandra Oh

‘Oh, Oh, Oh’ is what Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted last week when the news broke that Sandra Oh would be leaving Grey’s after Season 10. A collective, gut-wrenching groan was heard round the world because every Grey’s fan knows that Dr. Cristina Yang, played by Oh, is EVERYTHING! Talk immediately turned to whether there could even be a Grey’s Anatomy without Cristina because it’s the relationship between Cristina and Meredith that has been the thru-line since the beginning. Sure we love McDreamy and Burke and Hunt but it’s always been Sisters Before Misters with these two and we adore them their ride-or-die sisterhood.

Cristina is Meredith’s person and damn it if she isn’t ours too. She can always be counted on to give you the straight dope with no emotional muddiness whether you like it or not. Meredith is the legacy but Cristina is a rockstar! She saved Derek’s life with a gun pointed to her head, wrangled and rallied the troops keeping everyone alive after their plane crashed in the woods and when locked in any battle of wills and wants, she consistently chooses her best interests over those of lovers or husbands no matter how much she adores them. We heart Cristina! Hard!




Of course the show will continue because Shonda is a freaking genius (Scandal anyone?) and I’ll watch anything she writes even after I’ve tired of or been disappointed by some of her characters. I’ll be watching Grey’s this season with anticipation and dread. Anticipation for my last few original hours with Cristina and the dread of witnessing her departure.


Which brings me to the title of this post. I have a list of girl celebs that I crush on for various reasons and Sandra Oh is one of my earliest girl crushes. The first time I saw Oh was on HBO’s Arli$$ where she played personal assistant to super sports agent Arliss Michaels played by Robert Wuhl. There are some actors that grab you immediately and I remember thinking ‘who is that?’




Then she showed up in a memorable turn as Stephanie in Sideways. A badass on a motorcycle who upon discovering her new lover’s impending nuptials, beat the hell out of him with her helmet. My love deepened.


Which brings us to Grey’s Anatomy where she became our collective person.


One of the best actresses working today, Oh’s talent has been richly acknowledged. She has earned a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards and five Emmy nominations for her work on Grey’s and a CableACE Award and NAACP Image Award nomination for her work on Arli$$. (CableACE awards were given before cable TV shows were included for Emmy consideration.) She’s won acting honors at film festivals from Vancouver to Milan and has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.





After falling hard for Oh’s impressive acting chops, I began noticing just how stylish she is and I fell in love with her head full of lust-worthy locks. In addition to being easy on the eyes, she’s socially conscious as well! Oh was a very vocal supporter of TV and film writers when the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) was forced to strike for fair compensation in 2007 and she lends her voice to help orphaned Korean children find loving homes in the US.
Oh and Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes on the picket line during the 2007 WGA strike.
For these reasons, I am delighted to crown Sandra Oh my very first Celebrity Girl Crush.
SAG Awards with cast of Grey’s Anatomy.


Who are your celebrity girl crushes?


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  • Reply Sina Lewis 25 August 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Christina Hendricks is mine. Pretty shallow reason for my crush. She's just plain beautiful. Love her performance on Mad Men too. I think that's when I started admiring her the most.

  • Reply 30 August 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I'm loving it! This is such an awesome post. I have always admired her on the show. I think she is beautiful in an exotic type of way. There is no one that looks like her. My Gurl Crush…not yours!!!

  • Reply patranila 30 August 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Nope, nope, nope – she's mine!! LOL

  • Reply patranila 30 August 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Sina, I remember when Christina was on Life with Damian Lewis (before the writer's strike) and Mad Men. She's amazing!

  • Reply Amanda T 18 April 2014 at 2:49 PM

    I like her a lot too! She is funny, and stands out from other Hollywood-types.

    • Reply patranila 16 May 2014 at 10:38 PM

      Yeah, she's a really strong actor.

  • Reply Kung Phoo 18 April 2014 at 3:41 PM

    My wife used to watch the show, but haven't watched it in many years.. She is leaving for better things i guess..

  • Reply Rena McDaniel 18 April 2014 at 5:43 PM

    I have only watched it a couple of times but she was my favorite actress on the show!

  • Reply Russ R. 18 April 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Mine's Kate Hudson 🙂
    Grey's won't be the same without her, but as Kung Phoo
    has said she may be leaving for better things.

  • Reply Jennifer Zimmerman 18 April 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I love Sandra Oh, but I can't quite put her in crush category. Pink is my top girl crush, no question.

    • Reply patranila 16 May 2014 at 10:39 PM

      P!nk is definitely crush worthy.

  • Reply Pauline Cabrera 18 April 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Oh I love her!! LOL 🙂 Well, my celebrity girl crush.. can't really think of any but I admire Vanessa Hudgens for some reason! I used to stalk her a lot. Haha.

    • Reply patranila 16 May 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Ha! I don't really know anything about Vanessa.

  • Reply EmmaT 18 April 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I don't think I particularly have a celeb girl crush. Or else there've been so many over the years I just can't remember them!

    I'm loving Sandra Oh's style on the red carpet though.

  • Reply Boonie 19 April 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Thank you for writing about her. I grew up not having many Asian women to look up to in media. She is a wonderful actress, and goes beyond stereotypical roles usually given to Asian women, or women of color. She's always a breath of fresh air to see, and I approve of your celebrity crush 🙂

    • Reply patranila 16 May 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Yeah, she's definitely a breath of fresh air.

  • Reply Sharon Ruggieri 19 April 2014 at 6:05 AM

    Not sure if I had girl crushes, but I always admired America's sweethearts! Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston…the main reasons? They were (are) so natural in their beauty, (no plastic surgeries to "enhance" their assets, though Meg's had face ones that are horrible) they all have a great sense of humor and they seem more real

    • Reply patranila 16 May 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Jen Aniston is on my list too.

  • Reply Franc 19 April 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Sandra Oh is really great in her character as Cristina. She always have the fire in what she does.

  • Reply Midnight Cowgirl 19 April 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I loved her in The Princess Diaries. Her role was small but so memorable!

  • Reply Aisha Kristine Chong 20 April 2014 at 2:21 AM

    Such beautiful person! <3

  • Reply Fabulous Perks 20 April 2014 at 3:56 AM

    I have watched a few episodes and she plays an amazing role. It's sad that she is leaving. I'm sure she's off to bigger and better things.

  • Reply Sandy Sandler 21 April 2014 at 4:20 PM

    How fun. I loved reading this and she is a fantastic actress.

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