Chandra Wilson will appear as a fashion editor on the soap opera

By Rachel DeSantis
April 25, 2019 01:16 PM
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Chandra Wilson is trading the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial for the red carpet.

The Grey’s Anatomy star will soon pop up in a guest spot on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital as a fashion journalist, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.

Wilson, 49, will head to Port Charles just in time for the annual Nurses Ball, where she’ll hit the red carpet as Sydney Val Jean, East Coast fashion editor of Crimson magazine.

Michelle Stafford and Chandra Wilson on General Hospital
Chandra Wilson on General Hospital
| Credit: Michael Yada/ABC

The star, who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey’s, will go head-to-head against the magazine’s editor-in-chief Nina Clay-Cassadine (Michelle Stafford) in a red carpet rivalry at the annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser.

In first-look photos shared exclusively with PEOPLE, Wilson dons a black dress embellished with sparkles as she hits the carpet to chat with Felicia Jones (Kristina Wagner) and Mac Scorpio (John J. York).

Michelle Stafford, Kristina Wagner, John J. York, Chandra Wilson

This will be Wilson’s third appearance on the soap; in August, she appeared as therapist Dr. Linda Massey, and in 2014, she appeared as a patient named Tina Estrada.

General Hospital’s Nurses Ball is celebrating 25 years this year, after it was founded in 1994 by Port Charles resident Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring).

“This year will be particularly special and personal,” the show’s executive producer Frank Valentini said in a statement. “We were able to incorporate original music and performances from a few of our actors, including James Patrick Stuart [Valentin Cassadine]. There’s a lot of heart in these amazing performances. You won’t want to miss them!”

Wilson’s episode of General Hospital will air Friday, May 17 — one day after the season 15 finale of Grey’s Anatomy — on ABC.