8 Things You Didn’t Know About Grey’s Anatomy Star Chandra Wilson
We all know and love Chandra Wilson for her role as the hard-loving, smart and fiercely loyal Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy, who so often steals the show with her larger than life personality and hilarious one-liners. But there’s so much more to know about this amazing actress, wife and mother of three — even though she does her best to keep her personal life private. Chandra is one of the few original actors cast on the Shonda Rhimes medical drama series who still holds her coveted position on the show, and fans are so thrilled she’s stuck around so long! We couldn’t imagine it going on without her, so we made a list of 8 things you probably didn’t know about Chandra Wilson!
8. Started Acting at a Young Age
Chandra is a well seasoned actress now, and it’s probably because she’s been acting since she was only 4-years-old! Her mother was a postal worker and wanted to keep her active while growing up so she enrolled her in a series of after school activities to keep her busy and pave the way for a bright future. In an interview Wilson commented on it: “Starting at age four, my mom decided that she was not going to have an idle child in the house. So I started taking dance lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then I was in acting classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I was also modeling on Saturdays. And that was my childhood.” Sounds like it all paid off, and quickly because by the mere age of five she was performing on stage in musicals with Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars company.
7. Career in Theatre
She may be focusing on primetime television now, but theater is where Wilson focused all of her efforts in the early moments of her career. As a child and teenager, her focus was primarily on the arts and she didn’t entertain any ideas of doing anything different with her life. She attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and then continued on that path with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated with a BFA in drama and spent the next four years studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and performing on stage. Chandra landed jobs on the production of The Good Times Are Killing Me in 1991 and won a Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut performance and some off-Broadway productions like Paper Moon: The Musical and Little Shop of Horrors. Her most recent onstage performance was Chicago in 2009!