Actress Sandra Oh is on the cover of TIME magazine’s 2019 list of The 100 Most Influential People. Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes wrote a glowing profile of Oh. Other notables featured on the list include Robert Mueller (by Sally Yates), Khalid (by Alicia Keys) and Glenn Close (by Robert Redford).
Oh is currently starring in the dramatic thriller Killing Eve on Netflix. In March, she hosted Saturday Night Live and posed as Yoko Ono in the 1970s, as captured in the iconic photo by Keith MacMillan. (Oh’s black and white portrait for SNL is by Mary Ellen Matthews.)
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Growing up in the 80s, I was often called Yoko Ono. It was a racist slight and I resented it. Then I started learning about her as an artist. I saw @jeanyoon88’s Yoko Ono Project in Toronto in the 90s. I Hammered in a Nail I imagined the pages of Grapefruit I had a chance meeting w/ Ms. Ono at an airport last week. I told her I was hosting SNL and that I wanted to pose as the iconic photo of her. I asked her if that would be alright and she said “okay.” I burst into tears. I cannot express how much it means to me to embody her image. Thank you, @yokoonoofficial for your presence and artistry and how much you give to this world. #iamyoko Thank you @nbcsnl @maryellenmatthewsnyc
Oh said growing up in the 80s, she was often called Yoko Ono. “It was a racist slight and I resented it. Then I started learning about her as an artist.” Before SNL, Oh had a chance meeting with Ono at an airport and asked if she could pose as the iconic photo of her. “I asked her if that would be alright and she said ‘okay.’ I burst into tears. I cannot express how much it means to me to embody her image.”
Oh’s next project, Invincible, is an animated Amazon series about a teenager whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Seth Roger, Mark Hamill, and Mae Whitman are also signed on the project.
Sandra Oh’s monologue on SNL…