Sandra Oh made the trip to the DGA for Deadline’s Emmy Contenders event to talk about her new series, BBC America’s Killing Eve, which marks her first series regular role after spending 10 seasons as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy.

“Immediately what struck me was the tone and Phoebe’s [Waller-Bridge, creator] unique and fresh voice. She was exploring the genre of thriller in a completely unique way,” Oh shared. “Also, the fact that is was a psychological thriller drama with an intense dance between these two characters of Eve and Villanelle, it was just so juicy.”

“The show gives a beautiful account of each character in a completely rounded way,” Oh added.

The Contenders Emmys 2018
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Based on the novels by Luke Jennings, the series centers on two women; Eve, a security services operative who fantasies about being a spy, and Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. These two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

On her decision to not lean on the characterization created in the books, Oh said “while they were great source materials and you see the background of where these characters are coming from, I felt very conscious of trying to create my own characters and the tone is different. I wanted to stay in the show’s world.”

Killing Eve was picked up for a season 2 before its premiere on April 8. The first season comprises eight episodes, which air Sundays on BBC America.