By Jeffrey Epstein
In Out�s June Hot Issue, Sandra Oh is Hottest Gay Icon in the Making. In exclusive outtakes from our chat with the actress, best-known these days for playing the acerbic Dr. Christina Yang on Grey�s Anatomy, talks about her late-blooming sexuality and why she understands people who stay in the closet.
Have you always felt the gay love?
I don�t know when that started really happening. That�s when you really get a sense of who�s watching. I have always felt it as a presence, but for real I did Diana Son�s play Stop Kiss at the Public in �99. I have played a lot of gay characters in theater before, but this was the first piece of theater that a lot of people saw. And then Under the Tuscan Sun, too, there was a lot more notice. But it�s grown as my career has grown. It�s good love to have.
Why do you think the gays love Christina?
I like the fact that she�s someone who is their own person who is bucking a lot of things. But the wittiness, her sense of humor, comes from a beautifully arrogant and insecure place. I like that about her. I find it fascinating. I think you have to be a fairly aware person to play someone who is deeply unaware.
When you played gay in Under the Tuscan Sun did anyone�including your �people��advise against doing that?
No. And if anyone said that, I wouldn�t have paid attention anyway. I have no one around me who would say anything like that. Half of Hollywood is gay�at least the people I run into! I�m not a person whose sexuality is so much of their personae. I understand it�s a very personal decision for actors, if they�re gay, whatever they want to do with that info, I understand. If you�re successfully seen as some hot guy and you�re hired to be the hot guy, and because of where and how we live you decide to stay in the closet because who you are might alienate your audience� if that�s important to you, that�s important. But I don�t have that pressure to fulfill a certain type of archetypal thing in society. There�s no pressure.
Your home country of Canada has legalized gay marriage. How did you feel when you heard that?
Oh, so proud! Legalizing things that make people get along better: pot and gay marriage. What�s the big deal? Live and let live. If you want to love who you want to love, go ahead!
Have you always had gay people in your life?
I guess so. I didn�t notice until I left home and went to theater school. I think I was really a late bloomer in a lot of my sexual consciousness. I�m ultimately happy with my development.
For more Sandra, pick up the June issue of Out.