PASADENA, Calif. – How would Sandra Oh describe her emotions when it came to co-hosting the Golden Globes in January?
“Petrifying. Fear. Relief,” she joked Saturday to the Television Critics Association. “I was petrified. I was pet-ri-fied! And then I was relieved. And then I was ecstatic.”
The actress, promoting the second season of AMC and BBC America’s “Killing Eve” (April 7, 8 EST/PST), reflected on a string of very happy awards shows this winter. In addition to co-hosting the Globes with Andy Samberg, she won the Globe for best actress in a drama, and also took home trophies at the Critics Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Weeks after the elation of those nights faded, the significance of Oh’s wins as an Asian-American actress is not lost on her (Oh was the first woman of Asian descent to her category at the Globes).
“I don’t think I can explain to you how profound I feel it meant to not only myself and my parents, but for a lot of people in my community. Not only the Asian- American community but also the immigrant community as a whole, to be able to speak your parents’ language in a very, very public way,” Oh said of her Globes speech, in which she thanked her enthusiastic parents in Korean. “I’ve had so many young people in their 20s say, ‘That meant so much to me.’ … there’s so much significance because people have not seen that reflected.”
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As she said in her Globes monologue, Oh viewed the hosting stint as an opportunity for Asian-American representation. But she described her preparation process in language that couldn’t have aired on NBC.
“All I wanted to do was hit it out of the (expletive) park,” she said. “I knew what it could mean … I knew what that platform could do.”