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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And I also think people see the connection that we the fans have seen from day one or those comments from the link/article above would not have been written. People see that they have a great relatiionship on and off screen. Those two were great in the NY & Co photo shoots and we all saw how attentive Patrick was to Ellen at the award shows! He was such a gentleman. He seems to always make her laugh and smile! They are just very comfortable with each other.


ialso came across that it made me sdo upset about what some of these people were saying it was just soo stupid and rude and who could say such mean stuf to Ellen?


You would not believe what i just came across on the net. I am not sure when it was created but apparently it was a pertition on 'stopping ellen from marrying chris"! OMG, is that a practical joke or what, the girl is obviously in love with this guy, she has been with him for 4 years and are living together, doesnt that say something? I might be wrong, but i am very sure ellen pompeo would not be happy or even slightly ammused if she came across this pertition. Also, the comments posted where just plain rude and childish, pple want her to dump chris and go for dempsey. Seriouly, where would she fit in dempsey's life? he has 3 kids and a wife for goodness sake.
I cant deny EP and PD do look good together and i do love seeing them together. one cannot help but wounder if those two found each other too late and in another world, another time they would have been the perfect couple but that is not the case and there is a limit to everything.


production started on July 12... that is when all of the official info on Chyler was released.


Kathy - I saw that two (televisionista)....everywhere else has said 7/16, and PD said he only had a couple of days before shooting...he returned to the states last week, so who knows? It could be either one.... I found it interesting that the S4 promo pic still had IW in it. Must've been shot last year. But no ED, no SR, and thankfully no CL...


@bonnie: wow, I completely overlooked your posting regarding the age-problem (guess I was tired) so I wrote nearly the same thing...but it really is strange and the mistake they made is pretty obvious!


I dont think i will HATE lexie as much as i will HATE derek if anything happens between them, simply because, he knew better and no matter what he knows that will hurt mer to breaking point. Plus i cant see how they will ever go back together if derek and lexie happens. Its too humiliating and degrading.... END OF DISCUSSION! Best thing is to give the 2-3 epi a try and if Shonda keeps messing up(GOD knows i cant take that kind of pressure anymore) i will just stop watch.


I'm giving Lexi the benifit of the doubt because at the bar she didn't know that Derek was Meridith's. But once she finds out she better back off. (I'm all for the MerDer if you havent noticed)
Season 4 will b interesting....


Correction vstewart, Ellen pompeo is 4 years yonger than Patrick dempsey. He is 41 and she is 37, do the maths.


People don't always go straight from college to medical school. I have a friend who went after he hit thirty. Mer mentions in season 2 about having some lost years where she partied too much. The timeline may be a little screwed up but I don't care too much (I always think it's funny that Mer on the show is supposed to be younger than Derek when EP is only a couple years younger than PD)


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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.