Chyler Leigh: New Kid On the Block

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If Chyler Leigh already feels nervous, like the new kid in school, let's hope she doesn't read too many Grey's Anatomy fan sites.

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Leigh joined the show as Lexie Grey, Meredith Grey's half-sister and new Seattle Grace intern, for Season Three's final two episodes. Two weeks ago, she became a series regular.

The news hasn't gone over well with fans, but on her second day of filming on the Grey's Anatomy set this season, the new cast member tells People magazine that she - and everyone else - is happy to be back.

"Everyone is super gung-ho about the season," Leigh said. "Shonda Rhimes said in her blog that this is going to be a different season. Last season was so dramatic, everything came crashing down. This season will be the redemption from that mayhem."

The show was rocked by the controversy over Isaiah Washington's remarks, ending with the actor's dismissal and parting comments.

But Chyler Leigh, 25, says the experience of joining a hit show as big as Greys Anatomy has been a series of pinch-me moments.

"I'm still in every moment looking behind myself going: Who me?'" she says. "I still walk on and before every scene my heart starts pounding, but that's always been the case for me. I use it as a motivator."

Leigh is married to actor Nathan Woods and has two children with him, Noah, 3, and Taelyn, 10 months. She's had several roles to prepare her for the experience, including gigs on Reunion and The Practice.

"At first I had that kind of new kid in school feeling," the newest Grey's Anatomy star jokes. "But everyone has been warm and welcoming with lots of hugs and pats on the back. This whole experience has been wonderfully overwhelming. My biggest thing right now is just: Buckle up! I don't know what to expect."

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Yo dudes, Stop hatin' on my girl. Meredith is a biatch for not giving her a chance. Someone's got daddy issues. :::: ugh ::: [flicks hair over shoulder]. Is George gonna try to get up on that?!?!


She's cute. I can see her and Derrick hooking up.


LEXIE SHOULD NOT DARE DESTROY MERDER or else! I hate her! She's such a bitch! I hate her already! She better not come in between Merder because the fans will obviously hate her. For the record: WE HATE LEXIE! Us fans couldn't take Merder not being together. They should always be happy and TOGETHER. MerDer gives us HOPE.


LEXIE SHOULD NOT DARE TO BREAK UP MERDER or else! I just hate her because of the possibility that she might cause the break-up. With Addison, its okay cause she was his wife. she was in derek's life first but lexie is such a bitch! Please Shonda God don't ever break Merder! Leave that couple be. Us fans couldn't take it. For the record, WE HATE LEXIE! She shouldn't be called a GREY!!!!!!!


ILoveLexie i think you are mad, and so what if lexie or whatever her name is is cuter than meredith? that is not the point, so shut the heck up!


Lexie is 100x cuter than Meredith.


well i feel much better after reading your comment
wakingupwithmcdreamy, so thank you.


Y'all, GROW UP! Lexie did not know that it was Derek in the bar, and he did not know that it was Lexie. Derek proved himself trustworthy and Lexie let it go and went somewhere else. When Meredith has been through and lost so much this season, I am shocked by all the MerDer fans who are trashing a character that they have only had a total of 45 sec. of contact with. Has anyone stopped to think that she might be good for Meredith? Meredith is a progressive evolving train wreck, that is why I love her so much. The truth is that she always needs support and absolutely never makes any decision or movement without someone to either push her or stand next to her. Cristina is her best friend, but now she has more of her own dark and twisty issues to work through, and that is where Lexie comes in. I know from experience that even if you do not like your sister at first, she can end up bein the strongest connection you will ever have. Darek and Meredith make their own bed to lay on, and it will always be something that will make them detour--Work, Addison, McVet. Just take heart that the show is called Grey's Anatomy. They will never get rid of Meredith, she is the original Grey that we were introduced to, and when everything is said and done, we all know that she will come out on top. The twists and turns is what makes it interesting television. Leave the personal grudges in highschool.




THIS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!
LEXIE BITCH IS LIKE A PARASITE!!!!!! & im realy dissapointed with Shonda.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.