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Chandra Explains Heigl

"Grey's Anatomy" thespian Chandra Wilson reached like no thespian in recent memory has reached to take the high road when asked about series colleague Katherine Heigl's comment about not submitting herself for Emmy consideration this year.


"Grey's Anatomy's" Chandra Wilson (Courtesy of ABC)

Heigl, who last year was the surprise winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for best supporting actress in a drama series, did not throw her name into the ring this year because "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the Academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention." And, "I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials," Heigl added for good measure.

"All actors have to do the exact same thing every single year," said Wilson, who was one of an endless parade of thespians who came to Beverly Hills Monday to plug a mess of made-for-TV movies on Hallmark Channel at the Thank God We're Working Summer TV Press Tour 2008.

"We have to decide ... do I submit and, if I submit, which clip to submit ... You can have a great seasonal arc but if you don't have, like, that [episode] that's, like, your [episode] and you were breaking out in tears, well, then, that's not the right thing for the category," Wilson continued. That confirms it: We're the only one who got choked up by that save-the-deer, save-the-world story line Heigl was given at the start of the 2007-08 TV season.

"It was amazing to me the way it kind of got blown out of proportion," Wilson concluded.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 8, 2008; 10:32 PM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2008  
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