The June 2020 issue of ELLE Canada stars Canadian actor Sandra Oh.
In this issue Sandra opens up to ELLE Canada Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft about her goals and what’s in store for the much-anticipated third season of her critically-acclaimed series ‘Killing Eve.’
“I’m in a place in my career now where I am specifically interested in roles that explore a character’s race,” she explains during an intimate breakfast before the cover shoot, which was photographed by famed artist Greg Swales on location in Santa Monica, CA, before COVID-19 restrictions were imposed.
“Sandra is an uplifting voice that it feels good to hear from right now: she’s honest, brave, hilarious, creative and dedicated to pushing conversations about race forward,” says Vanessa Craft.
As powerful executive producer Shonda Rhimes says in this exclusive feature: “You cannot have a superficial conversation with Sandra.”
On being delighted to see a younger generation of actors not flattening their accent, like she admitted she did throughout her career:
“They are just carrying that into the character of, say, a doctor. That’s how we get the shift. We don’t want to just have a person of colour acting the way a white person would act. Because they’re not!”
On recalling her time on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ where she would often work with series creator Shonda Rhimes to ensure her scenes as Cristina were as authentic as possible:
“I’m happy to take that on. As you mature, you look for meaning, you look for connection to the world. You’re working for purposefulness – and if you can get that from your work? What a blessing.”
I really loved this editorial as it shown so many dramatic silhouettes, colour and shapes, which the actress has never been afraid of. Her Elie Saab Haute Couture 2020 Oscar gown is a testament to that fact.
The only look which didn’t work for me was the orange Valentino gown. I’m not sure if its the colour or the lighting that isn’t working in this picture, but it’s my least favourite.
I was really surprised by how well the Louis Vuitton look worked for her.
When it comes to her Gucci cover, you may have seen that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has already worn this same dress on her cover for Harper’s Bazaar UK April 2020 issue.
The June 2020 issue also highlights the Indigenous artists who are creating boundary-pushing pieces that are inspiring strength and healing in women, takes a deeper look at the three hero skincare ingredients you need to be using, and offers a frank look at the first stages of an open relationship.
The June issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on Monday, May 18th.
Credit: Vogue.com & Elle Canada