Wilson is a Force to Be Reckoned With

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At 5'0", Chandra Wilson is hardly a giant among her peers. At least literally. But give her some authority, throw some blue hospital scrubs on her, and the actress becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey

An Emmy nominee, as a matter of fact.

In real life, the Houston Chronicle reports, Wilson is married with three children, and a lot less loud and bossy than her Grey's Anatomy character. Dr. Miranda Bailey.

"The Nazi" is what Bailey was referred to in the show's pilot episode, when creator Shonda Rhimes wanted a take-no-prisoners character with a don't-you-dare attitude to instruct the impressionable interns.

Wilson delivered.

"It's a teacher's mentality. The pilot described me as the Nazi, so I had to think about that and try to relate. It's about my demeanor, how I carry myself, demanding respect from my students," Chandra said. "Once I have that, I just teach."

The character seems to come easily to Wilson.

"She's a very familiar woman. I can't say she's a particular person, but everybody seems to know someone that's Dr. Bailey-like," she said. "The biggest compliment I receive is when people say they know that woman. Or when people in the medical profession come up to me and say, 'Yeah, Dr. Bailey, she's on my floor.' I've dealt with people like her. My mom's like her."

Her character has become so popular that Wilson, a Houston native who works in Los Angeles but lives in New York, draws stares from total strangers whenever she takes to the streets.

"Sometimes people think I'm Dr. Bailey, but they're not sure, because my demeanor is different or because 'she's too short,'" Wilson said. "I get away with walking around town. I'm still able to have a life."

It's hardly a normal one.

Away from her husband, two daughters and 1-year-old son (Wilson's Season 2 pregnancy was written into the script as Bailey also gave birth to a son) she spends 14- and 15-hour days on the set. But there are perks. The Emmy nomination, for one.

"I was very flattered to be nominated. I'm still trying to figure out what it means. It's a fantastic representation. I embrace that, that there's someone sitting at home who says, 'If she can do it, I need to get up and do my business like I'm supposed to.' There's no excuse for not doing the things you want to do in life," Wilson said.

The Emmys will air Sunday, August 27. Wilson and co-star Sandra Oh are both up for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Grey's Anatomy reeled in nine other nominations to boot.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


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I love Dr. Bailey! Chandra is so awesome! I have been hooked on this show since it began and right from the start Nazi has been my favorite! My husband and I and our 2 girls watch the show like it's our life. I definitely have a couple of Dr. Bailey's in my life including my mom. I love strong women who don't take no stuff like the Nazi! It's amazing that Chandra is nothing like her character! I love you anyway girlfriend! Keep on representing for the strong women in the world!


I just got hooked on the show this summer. I really like Dr. Bailey. She peeked my interest when they called her the Nazi.


I luv Dr. Bailey. She is so funny. I luv when she pushes the interns around. Girlfriend don't take no mess from anyone. You go, girl!


Keep the balance bit between you duty & job, both are sweet, don't lose it my friend.
We love to see you in greet rolls, keep on.


chandra is an amazing actress. the nazi must be a difficult role to play when you are such a sweet, soft-spoken person like chandra, but she does it flawlessly.


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I love Nazi! i think that if Chandra wasn't a nazi and so-hard-attitude it just wouldn't be the same..


Chandra Rocks!!!!


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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

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There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.