Sandra Oh leaving Grey's Anatomy
Actress Sandra Oh is quitting hit U.S. medical drama Grey'S Anatomy following the completion of its upcoming 10th season.
The star, who has portrayed Dr. Cristina Yang since the show's premiere in 2005, reveals she has struggled with her decision because she has had such a strong emotional attachment to her character.
The Emmy Award-nominee admits she first started thinking about wrapping up her stint on Grey's Anatomy last year (12), before signing on for another two seasons, but she insists now is the right time to pursue other opportunities.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go. It's such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. (Her character Yang) wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go. We have to start the process, story-wise, for the Grey's writers to think of why she's going to go...
"I've gone through a lot of therapy over this. I started thinking about it because I had to prepare myself. I gave myself two years to emotionally let go. At the end of last season, Shonda (Rhimes, creator) took me aside and said, 'What are your thoughts?' I said, 'I'm ready.'"
The 10th season of the show will begin airing in the U.S. in September (13).
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