Even though Sandra Oh hasn’t been back on Grey’s Anatomy since leaving the show in 2014, her former co-stars are still celebrating her historic Emmy moment on Thursday.
The Killing Eve star became the first Asian woman to be nominated in a lead actress category by the Television Academy for her stunning turn as MI-5 agent Eve Polastri. Oh, who is actually Korean-Canadian, reacted to her history-producing moment, telling ET in a statement, “I share This specific moment with my community.”
Previously, Oh received several straight nominations through 2005 to 2009 inside the supporting actress in a drama category for playing Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s, though she never won.
Grey’s star Justin Chambers celebrated Oh’s achievement which has a simple tweet.
Actress Stefania Spampinato, who joined the show several years after Oh left, also praised the former Grey’s star, calling her an “absolute idol.”
Showrunner Krista Vernoff shared an enthusiastic (along with NSFW) message following Oh’s nomination. “Sandra Oh! Sandra Oh! Sandra Oh!!!!” Vernoff tweeted. “I mean. For f*ck’s sake. This specific is actually everything. This specific is actually so incredibly well deserved.”
Meanwhile, Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes retweeted Ava DuVernay’s social media post celebrating Oh breaking through the Emmy glass ceiling. “2018. Damn. Congrats to
#SandraOh. along with saluting all the Asian actresses overlooked for decades. #Emmys,” DuVernay tweeted.
Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland, also wrote a sweet message to Oh, along which has a GIF through an old Grey’s moment with Oh along with Ellen Pompeo’s characters happily dancing.
“Our hearts are also bursting with pride along with excitement for Sandra Oh, producing history as the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series!” the tweet read.
Oh earned the first lead actress Emmy nomination of her career for her role as MI-5 officer Eve Polastri inside the critically acclaimed series, Killing Eve, inside the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. She will be competing against last year’s Emmy winner, Elisabeth Moss, Claire Foy, Tatiana Maslany, Keri Russell along with Evan Rachel Wood.
As one of just a handful of visible Asian actors working in film along with television, Oh was candid when she spoke with ET in January about the importance of playing her part in showing in which people who looked like her are capable of subverting stereotypes.
“I feel acutely aware of how important the item is actually along with I absolutely want to be a part of the item inside the best way possible,” Oh said at the time. “The best way possible in which I know how is actually to find the most interesting material along with to do my best work for the item. the item’s too important to not care about the item or to not try along with be out of the box in some sort of way.”
“The central voice of the show is actually a woman. The lead characters are women,” she continued. “The people producing are women. There is actually still a lot more work to do in diversity in front along with behind the camera, however to be actively involved in creating something… Where can I go along with see myself in some way?”
The 70th Emmy Awards, co-hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost along with Michael Che, will air live through the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17, starting at 5 p.m. PT on NBC.
Check out the full list of nominees along with follow ET’s ongoing Emmy coverage here.