"I am f---ing shameless with my parents"
Sandra Oh has discussed her adorable relationship with her parents.
When asked about her Instagram post that showed her parents standing in front of a Killing Eve billboard, Oh replied, “[Laughs] I am f—ing shameless with my parents. I’ve got to tell you, if someone went online and did some digging, there’s a lot of tape on them. I’ve put them on red carpets; I’ve brought them to awards shows.”
“I have a really good relationship with my parents,” she continued. “They live in Vancouver, but they spend the winters with me, so it was like, these posters are up, and we have to see these posters.”
Oh added that the relationship with her parents is especially important due to her Asian-American culture. “Because it’s the reflection of your child, right, but this is also what I feel as an Asian-American—we do not have enough physicalized, concretized reflections of ourselves in spaces, images of ourselves, our sisters, our mothers, our aunts, let’s say,” she said. “So they really wanted to see it. It was after church and we were driving around and they wanted to have a picture of it. [Pauses] So I just happened to then put that picture on Instagram.”
Oh also revealed that she watched Black Panther with her parents and her mother loved it. “It was a long time ago,” she said. “I brought my parents. I thought, maybe it’s a little too much for them. They totally loved it. My mother loved Black Panther. I cannot tell you what an insanely high review that is.”
Oh was also asked if she anticipated the response about her being a Korean-Canadian woman headlining a TV show. “Honestly, that question, in different forms, has been the main question of my entire career,” Oh responded. “So the anticipation always comes, because there aren’t enough of us. You could possibly spread this question around. Like: Frances McDormand, how does it feel, as a white woman, to be playing this character? No one asks her that, right?”
“I actually want to drill down to why that is. For me, for us, it’s because there’s just not enough of us, so the questions always get funneled to whoever is representing right now. I don’t have the right words for what the reverse is. It’s so normalized—Frances McDormand is the face of people and characters that are so normalized to see that you don’t question or you don’t need to ask the justification for her existence.”
In related news, Oh recently said she feels a “heartbreak” for underrepresented communities such as Asian Americans.