I was recently asked to interview Chandra Wilson who you might know as Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy. I must admit, I got a little star-struck when I began my interview with her but by the end of our conversation I was overjoyed not only for the opportunity to speak with her but also for the program she has teamed up with.
First of all I must say that my husband and I love the character that Chandra plays on Grey’s Anatomy. If it wasn’t for her character, I doubt my husband would even watch the show.
Are you on Twitter?
I am not. I am not yet. I know people keep telling me that I need to get with it. But I haven’t quite gotten there yet.
@aanzalone asks: What has the journey been like as your character on Grey’s Anatomy has evolved? It seems Bailey has become more emotional over the last year.
You know what. The writers really make an effort to make sure everyone knows that she is a well rounded human being. It’d been really nice sometimes if you see one dimension of a person and that way you think you know them. But Bailey is always throwing you something else that you wouldn’t expect from her. So as far as her being emotional is concerned we just know her better now so that demeanor that she used to have up all the time and being “hard nosed” and all that well as an audience member we know better now. We know that she feels, that she thinks and breathes just like everybody else. We learn more and more about her all the time. Even in this weeks episode we learn something else about who it is she used to be as an intern. She continues to grow and that is what makes her fun for me to play.
You are a busy mom of 3 on a hit television show, how do you balance career and family?
That is the question that all working Mom’s have to ask every single day you have to start off each and everyday with a plan knowing that there is a human factor there where people won’t do exactly what you would have done if it were you doing everything. But the bottom line is that it gets done. And then you get to the end of the day and you say “Wooo I made it!” And then you do it all over again the next day. So a support team is absolutely essential. And you have to factor in breaks at some point. To take a break to get your energy back and start all over again.
Can you tell us more about the Downy Touch of Comfort program and the Quilts for Kids?
I sure can. Downy fabric softener has partnered with Quilts for Kids and created the Downy Touch of Comfort program. This program works to distribute handmade quilts to children who are staying in the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals all across the country. It has been a wonderful effort. Ive been involved with the program for over a year now. Really the fact that children account for more than 6 million hospital stays in this country every single year has been something that has really drawn me to this program to do exactly what the title says which is to bring a Touch of Comfort to the faces of the kids as I get a chance to distribute the quilts and also to help out the families as well. There is nothing makes a Mom or a Dad feel better at the bedside of a sick child than seeing them smile. That is something that I get from the program which makes it a personal effort for me to make sure everyone enjoys there gift.
How can other’s get involved in this program?
There are quite a few ways. At Downy.com you will get all of the information about the program as far as you can make monetary donations directly to Quilts for Kids through the website, you can find out about local Quilts for Kids chapters in your area where you can personally go and volunteer your time, we also have a fantastic quilters kit out there for all those aspiring quilters who would like to put a quilt together and donate that to the program. And also out on shelves now for Downy’s 50th Anniversary are our new specially marked bottle with the Touch of Comfort logo and 5cents from each one of those purchases goes to Quilts for Kids to help Downy’s initiative of getting 10,000 more quilts into the program this year. So its a great initiative, I know that we can make it and those are the best ways that anybody and everybody can get involved.
Thank you so much, Chandra, for taking the time to speak with me about the Downy Touch of Comfort campaign and the Quilts for Kids. I learned a lot and had a blast chatting with you!