Sandra Oh said she “can’t believe” how many Koreans attended the recent Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards ceremony and seeing the growing number of representations on the screen. photos are “extremely satisfying”.
The Killing Eve star said the wins of actors Jung Ho-Yeon and Lee Jung-Jae in Squid Game at the awards ceremony was crucial for better “global acceptance”.
The Korean actors won Best Actor and Best Actor in a Drama Series respectively at the 28th annual ceremony, which took place Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Oh made the remarks during the world premiere of Disney and Pixar’s new animated feature Turning Red, which stars Rosalie Chiang and Sherry Cola, and pop superstar Billie Eilish.
Oscar nominee Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell produced the original songs for the film.
“It was so exciting, being at the SAG Awards, I couldn’t believe how many Koreans were there,” Oh said.
“I was like, there’s a Korean, there’s a Korean, there’s a Korean.
“I have to tell you, having been at this game for a very long time, and that was not the case for too long, so being able to still be here and witness it is incredibly satisfying.
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“I feel like being recognized by your peers, such as the SAG awards, is very important to the global acceptance of actors.”
“It’s a big family, it’s a tribe and that’s really what the SAGs are about.”
Turning Red tells the story of Mei Lee, a confident 13-year-old girl who, due to a mistake about her family’s legacy, is transformed into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.
Oh’s co-star Sherry Cola said Asians have been “later behind” when it comes to representation in Hollywood, but the film will help steer the industry in the right direction.
“This movie is going to make history, I think there’s a lot more work to be done,” she told PA news agency.
“We’re seeing some changes but we have to keep working and movies like this totally take us in that direction.
“Asian, we definitely go after when it comes to representation in Hollywood, I just feel lucky to be a part of the change.
“Growing up we hardly watched movies like this. We barely see faces like mine on the red carpet and being a part of it means a lot.
“It just means we can’t give up, we have to keep pushing.”
The Turning Red premiere, which takes place at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, is Disney’s first live red carpet event of 2022.
The film will air exclusively on Disney + from March 11.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/sandra-oh-says-she-couldnt-believe-how-many-koreans-were-at-the-sag-awards-41401649.html Sandra Oh says she ‘can’t believe’ how many Koreans there are at the SAG Awards