With “Grey’s Anatomy” wrapping production of its current season, Chandra Wilson tells us, “For the sake of my kids, I will say publicly that I’m doing nothing for two months” over hiatus. “That makes them really happy.
“I’ve worked straight for three years,” adds the mother two daughters, who were born in 1992 and 1998, and a four-year-old son. “It’s nice to stop and go to PTA meetings and be there for their finals and regular stuff that needs my attention.”
Still, she adds, “I’m so grateful for those opportunities, from start to finish. That’s the balance all working moms have to deal with.” Her non-“Grey’s” activities in the past three years have included her Broadway run in “Chicago,” and her Emmy-nominated performance as a homeless woman in the Hallmark Channel film “Accidental Friendship” — and “Frankie and Alice,” the feature she shot with Halle Berry that wrapped early last year.
“It was a meaty subject, a meaty character,” she says of the movie that has Berry as a woman afflicted with dissociative personality disorder — with an alternate personality who’s a racist white woman. “I play the sister of Halle’s character and, as with a lot of mental cases when they go undiagnosed, she’s just viewed as ‘the crazy one’ of the family. It’s a big deal for the family, which has built up a lifetime of resentment, to finally come to terms with it and learn that something clinical is actually going on with Frankie.”
However, she notes, she hasn’t heard anything bout “Frankie” in a while, and “I don’t know when it will be released.”