‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Chandra Wilson reveals she kept a second job while starring in Season 1 in case the show is canceled

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  • Chandra Wilson held a second job until the second season of “Grey’s Anatomy,” she told Mario Lopez.

  • She kept her job at a bank because short-lived TV shows are common in Hollywood.

  • The actor and director said the bank had to “force” her to leave because she did not want to quit.

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson told guest host Mario Lopez on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she was so uncertain about the future of the show on her first season she kept her second job as a precaution.

“As an actor working in New York, you’re used to having your bread and butter,” Wilson explained – referring to a job that would earn money on a regular basis. “My bread and butter was my job in Banker’s Trust’s document processing department.”

The actor explained that her job at the bank, now known as Deutsche Bank, was “long term temp” and worked well with her schedule as her shift was nights so she could hearing during the day.

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Wilson on “Grey’s Anatomy”. ABC / Eric McCandless

She joked that she was making ‘high end’ money “because I was [an] operator at the time. I knew how to do Word, Excel and Powerpoint. “

Wilson, who played everyone’s favorite no-frills Doctor Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy” for the 18 seasons to date, said she had a friend who told her, “Never put all your eggs in one basket, especially when they call you here in LA because the jobs don’t last.”

She knew her friend was being honest because she had been on short shows before. So she heeded the advice and all through “Grey’s” season you had to call the bank and say, “Oh, I’m not available this weekend, I’m not available this weekend. . “

“Grey’s Anatomy” celebrated 350 episodes in 2019. Craig Sjodin / ABC via Getty Images

“When we got into season two my supervisor said, ‘Stop calling and telling us you’re not available because we see you on TV,’” Wilson said with a laugh, admitting that her banking employer must have “forced me out.”

Wilson has now directed numerous episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” including Kate Walsh’s return episode in Season 18, “Hotter than Hell”.

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