Sandra Oh is a 51-year-old Canadian–American actress who became a household name by playing Dr. Cristina Yang in the popular American medical drama TV series “Grey’s Anatomy”. Her character, who was on the show for 10 seasons, was a fan favorite due to her exceptional intelligence, passionate spirit, and startlingly dark wit.
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Fans were sad when it was announced that the actress would leave the show after season 10.
Other prominent projects played by Sandra Oh were Rita Wu in the HBO comedy “Arliss” (1996–2002), and Eve Polastri in the spy thriller series “Killing Eve” (2018–2022).
Being active in the entertainment industry for 20 years earned her numerous accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. The actress also made it to Time magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” list in 2019.
The actress’ convincing portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters has led some fans to speculate about her real-life sexual orientation. Now, let’s explore whether these assumptions hold any truth. Is Sandra Oh gay? Read on to find out the answer.
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Sandra Oh’s Sexuality: What Made Fans Think She’s Not Straight
In the British spy thriller TV series “Killing Eve”, which was aired on BBC America and BBC Three from 2018 to 2022, Sandra Oh plays one of the main characters, Eve Polastri.
Eve Polastri, a secret agent working for British intelligence, has been deemed by fans as bisexual. She shows great chemistry with another female character, Villanelle, who was played by Jodie Comer.
During the Q&A portion of the San Francisco International Film Festival, someone referred to Eve Polastri as “straight”, to which the actress, Sandra Oh, automatically replied with “No,” right away with an accompanying hand wave. It has somehow confirmed what the fans already know — Eve Polastri is bisexual.
Sandra Oh has played the bisexual role so effectively that it sparked rumors about the actress’ sexuality. Fans began to speculate that the Golden Globe awardee is lesbian in real life.
Well, is she?
Sandra Oh’s Personal Life and Relationships
In spite of her success, Sandra Oh has managed to keep her personal life somehow private. This is because she wanted to call herself an actor, but not a celebrity.
But based on what the public knows, the award-winning actress was married to a renowned film director, Alexander Payne. Sandra Oh and Alexander Payne were in a relationship for five years.
She revealed in her interview with The New York Times in 2004 how the film director had to chase her for eight months before they started dating.
The couple got married in 2003. They also worked together on the critically acclaimed film “Sideways” (2004). They, however, separated in March 2005 because of undisclosed reasons.
The actress admitted that she never really read news about her marriage to avoid hurting her own feelings.
The actress started dating again when her divorce was finalized. Her ex-husband, the Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne, had also moved on and tied the knot with Maria Kontos. The couple actually welcomed their first child together in 2017.
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Sandra Oh, on the other hand, was rumored to have dated The Hereafter band member, Andrew Featherston. The actress, however, stayed true to her word to keep her personal life under wraps that there was so little information about the relationship. That’s aside from a few paparazzi-taken photos of them together. The romance was, however, short-lived, although there was no date as to when the couple called it quits.
The award-winning actress was then rumored to have been secretly dating Russian-born professional photographer Lev Rukhin since 2016. Aside from a few photos of them together which were taken by paparazzi on a few occasions, there were not many details about the relationship. The actress was keeping things private as she always does.
Is Sandra Oh Gay?
Now back to the question about Sandra Oh’s sexuality… NO. She’s not gay. Or lesbian. Or bisexual. Despite her natural portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters on screen, this award-winning actress is straight behind the camera, which is evident from her past relationships.