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Chandra Wilson — Miranda Bailey
"I had to go to ABC in New York and go on tape with casting there. I was completely wrong for this character, but for whatever reason, they had me come in. It was one of those, 'I have absolutely nothing to lose' kind of auditions. Then I got called to come out to L.A. to do my studio and network auditions. I did the audition and they told me I had to come back later that evening for the network. It was me and one other actress. The note that I was given was, 'Everything is really good, but the other actor really took command. She was really in charge. You should probably bring some more of that with you to the audition.' I went in and I did that, and then it was over. I was descending down the stairs as they were all talking to the other actors thinking, 'This was a free trip to L.A.' I think it was the next day when I got the role."