06/29/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• The actress, 39, scrubs in to play Chicago's Mama Morton onstage in Manhattan—after only a week rehearsing.
HOW ARE YOUR NERVES? Complete butterflies in the stomach, no appetite whatsoever. But I have an obligation to give them a $125 show. I can't come in at $98.
YOU COULD USE SOME OF DR. BAILEY'S STEEL. I wish I could be like her: Shoot a look, and everybody knows what it means. I try to summon her up outside of television. She won't come.
HOW DO YOU CHILL OUT? I have to watch my soap-opera tape: The Young and the Restless, All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. Every day. All four. Since I was a kid.
WHAT'S UP WITH T.R. KNIGHT'S POOR GEORGE ON GREY'S? Child, I don't know. Every time I think I know, they come up with something different.