The announcement of the 2018 Emmy Award nominations on Thursday morning included a history-making selection: "Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh became the first Asian woman to be nominated in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.
Oh landed the nod for her breakout performance in the freshman drama series, which has been a hit with critics and fans alike. And while the actress has been nominated for multiple Emmys before in the supporting category (for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"), her latest nomination is not only personally significant, but significant to her fellow actors of Asian descent.
The actress elaborated on that latter feeling in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I’m struggling to find the right words for it," Oh told THR of her reaction to her nomination. "I feel quite serious about it. What’s a blend of the words seriousness and joyous? I’m absolutely thrilled. I feel my community at all times; I am my community at all times. I have joy not only for the show and myself and family, but also for my community. Hopefully my community can feel like they have representation, as well."
The Emmys have been taking baby steps toward that representation in recent years, awarding Archie Panjabi in 2010 (the first Asian woman to win an acting Emmy, for Best Supporting Actress for "The Good Wife") and Riz Ahmed in 2015 (the first Asian man to win an acting Emmy, for Best Lead Actor for "The Night Of"). Such recognition must continue, Oh told THR.
"I wait for everyone else who will also have the opportunity," the actress said. "It cannot rest. I don’t want to rest on the fact that a handful of us have had the opportunity and that it stops there. I want the movement to keep on going. I want the ripple to turn into a wave."
Watch to see if Oh can make some more history with a win when the Emmys air on NBC on September 17.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]