Chandra Wilson Talks Soaps, Grey's

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Chandra Wilson: Soap Opera Nut!
She's not just blowing smoke.

Unlike certain self-proclaimed soap opera nuts who don't really watch soaps, Grey's Anatomy star Chandra Wilson takes in four a day: All My Children, One Life to Live, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless.

Now she's taking that unabashed passion to the red carpet.

Wilson and former soap stud Ty Treadway will cohost the two-hour SOAPnet... Live from the Daytime Emmys pre-show Friday night at 7 p.m. EDT. Below are excerpts from Chandra's interview with TV Guide about the event.

TV Guide: When you grill the arriving stars, will you be nicey-nice or channeling Joan Rivers?
Chandra Wilson: Hopefully somewhere in between. I may not be very warm if that Nash [played by Forbes March] from OLTL shows up. I just don't like what he's doing to Jessica. She needs to be with Antonio!

TV Guide: Geez, you are a fan. You even judged one of this year's categories.
Chandra Wilson: Yep, supporting actress. And because I'm a fan, I was going, "Why on earth did you submit those episodes?"

TV Guide: Why are you so crazy for soaps?
Chandra Wilson: It's pure voyeurism. You get a chance to go into somebody else's house and snoop. I love escaping into Pine Valley or Genoa City. I get mad when I hate something but I keep watching. Of course, my shows fall short sometimes. How else do you keep going 52 weeks a year?

TV Guide: You shoot Grey's Anatomy right next door to General Hospital. Ever tempted to drop by for a cameo?
Chandra Wilson: No! In my early days I had a recurring role on OLTL â€" I was a classmate of Carlo Hesser's niece â€" and I did a little background work at All My Children and, I think, Another World. But that just messes me up. It's hard for me to have a "Hey, how ya doin'?" relationship with soap actors because then they're not their characters anymore. I need them to stay in their world, not come into mine. When I see the GH stars on the lot, I can't even talk to them. They must think I'm insane.

TV Guide: Well, you'll sure be breaking down that wall for SOAPnet!
Chandra Wilson: I know! People who know me well are saying, "Why on earth did you agree to this? What were you thinking?" But I'm honored to do it. Soaps are such a big part of so many lives. That's what real people do â€" we watch soaps. Everybody has done it at some point, whether or not they want to deny it. There are men who don't want to admit they watch Grey's Anatomy. They always blame it on the girlfriend.

TV Guide: Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Miranda Bailey could use a sudsier life â€" everyone around her is annoyingly self-obsessed and she's all business. The viewers adored it when she had a baby.
Chandra Wilson: People did! One day Oprah corrected Dr. Oz. He made a reference to the "vagina" and she said, ‘No, no, no. It's va-jay-jay!" I loved it!

TV Guide: Bailey didn't make chief resident in the season finale. Were you shocked when you got that script?
Chandra Wilson: No, because Dr. Bailey just doesn't delegate. The Chief had been warning her for weeks â€" you need to slow down, you need to spend time with your family, but, no, she was running the clinic, doing her surgeries and looking at the chief like he was crazy.

TV Guide: But we didn't even get to see her reaction when she lost out to Dr. Callie Torres. Seems like you got robbed of some damn good drama there.
Chandra Wilson: That was Bailey's choice. What was she gonna do, act the fool and get all crazy about it? That's not her. She got right back to work. She had to go deal with her interns. She had Meredith and Cristina and their issues. That's true to form for Bailey. It's important for her to be competent.

TV Guide: So what's ahead for her next season?
Chandra Wilson: It'll be interesting to see what [series creator] Shonda Rhimes reveals. There's another POV to explore. It won't be what it was this season with all the doubt and self-consciousness and that kinda crap. She's moving on. There's another journey ahead for Bailey.

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


i l\really enjoy watching baileys character cause i think she is the only one not wanting to get in verybody's pants all the time whether she s married or not. cause i mean derek was still married to addison when he got in merediths pants season 2 finale


she is seriously the most awesome character eva!!!
plus, she has the best lines in EVERY episode!!!


LOVE HER!!! Wish she did more interviews though. She's just so interesting and an amazing person.


I just find her so amazing. Even though Bailey has issues of her own she stay's strong for everyone else. I also like the fact that Chandra does'nt seem the need to stay in the spotlight all the time.


i love bailey!


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.