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Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra Wilson reveals best thing about bingeing the iconic show for first time

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Chandra Wilson.
Chandra also reveals the real reason she’s staying away from social media (Picture: Kristina Bumphrey /StarPix /REX)

Grey’s Anatomy actress Chandra Wilson, 51, on scaring off fans, disasters on Zoom and why Bridgerton is best watched alone.

Have you learned any new skills during lockdown?

My daughter learned how to do nails [shows off manicure to the camera], so I finally get to have nails! That’s how you know I haven’t been to work because Bailey doesn’t have nails.

Mostly, I’ve been spending as much virtual time as I can with family and friends.

Did the cast of Grey’s Anatomy stay in touch?

We took a big break for a minute! We were doing show after show and we all needed to sit down. Later, we started making sure everyone was OK.

I don’t think anyone has mastered the art of entering a Zoom room smoothly. Either the camera is not on, or the mute is on, the angle is crazy or you’re looking up someone’s nose.

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You’ve got 30 people on screen and it’s hard to see them because everyone looks so weird.

Season 17 shows Covid hitting the hospital. Was it hard to film while this was all going on in real life?

What’s going on in the world is giving us honest content to portray and the opportunity to honour our healthcare professionals and tell their stories – that’s what is driving our current season.

Bailey is so fierce. Do people get intimidated by you when they see you at the supermarket?

I think so! A lot of the time people don’t come up to me because they know how Bailey would react. I get a lot of double takes, because people think, ‘Why would she be in this store? It must be somebody else.’

Because of the pandemic and everybody wearing masks, I thought it would be easier to move around while everyone is unrecognisable.

It hadn’t occurred to me that people see me in masks all the time, so everyone was like, ‘That’s Dr Bailey!’

What would you like to see happen in Bailey’s future?

What’s interesting is that I’ve never gone into the writer’s room to give input about her story.

Every single read I sit down and see what they’ve come up with and it’s always something challenging – it’s always a direction that I’d never thought about. And then I realise, ‘OK, they don’t need me!’

They need me to bring these pages to life and for seven seasons it’s worked very well.

Television Programme: Grey's Anatomy with Chandra Wilson as Bailey.
Chandra has been playing the formidable Dr Miranda Bailey since the show’s very first season

With Grey’s Anatomy coming to Disney+, plenty of us will be bingeing it for the first time. What should they look out for?

The exciting part of watching Grey’s from the beginning is usually there will be someone around you that has seen all these episodes so you’ll have them going, ‘Oh, you’re at that part? Wait until you get to…’

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In every season we have many episodes where you find out what happens in these characters’ lives, who passes away unexpectedly, what kind of accidents happen.

Once you’ve started you can’t watch it with someone who has already seen it because they’ll just give it away!

You’re a director too. Do you prefer being in front of the camera or behind it?

My first love is being an actor. Being a director has just made me appreciate what it takes to put a show together.

It’s made me a better actor because it’s made me more conscious of what you need to do in front of the camera in order for the director to get the shot they want.

When you’re making a TV show everything carries the same level of importance: from the acting to the directing to the set design and the costumes.

Shonda Rhimes is a powerhouse — she’s done Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Bridgerton. Why are her shows so successful?

The shows that come out of Shondaland have a very young feel – they feel current and familiar to our audience. That makes them fall in love with those characters and invest in their stories.

Shonda Rhimes Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 24 Feb 2019 Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chelsea Lauren/REX (10112927b)
Shonda Rhimes’ shows are so successful because they have a ‘young feel’, says Chandra (Picture: Chelsea Lauren/REX)

Bridgerton set pulses racing – did it get you hot under the collar?

I watched all of it on Christmas Day. I binged it all with my daughter, though — which I probably shouldn’t have!

But once we started the first episode we went all the way through to the end.

You started on stage very young. Would you go back?

Oh, certainly! I started out in musical theatre when I was five years old and I immediately fell in love with audience reaction.

I felt like we were providing [the audience] with an escape from whatever it was they were going through outside the theatre for those two hours.

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Speaking of audience reaction, do you like hearing what viewers say on social media?

At the beginning I used to rely on the fan mail. But now I’m probably the last person in Shondaland that has not jumped on to social media. So I just get all the comments about the show passed on to me by everybody else.

It’s an important tool, but sometimes you hear negative things about yourself and your character. I would rather not know that!

Grey’s Anatomy will be available to stream on Star on Disney+ from February 23.

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