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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.

Chyler Leigh PictureLeigh 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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    We would probably love Chyler Leigh as an intern if the name Lexie Grey was'nt attached to her. I have never seen any of her work. But I guess if Ellen does ever decide to leave and Chyler is good enough we srill have Grey's Anatomy. It's just a though I want Ellen there until the last show is made so don't call the firing squad on me.

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    I still love the original casts and some new stuffs will spoil the show. Sorry to say. I prefer Isaiah Washington.

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    They were doing good until sesason 3 somewhere along the line the writer's messed up. If they are going to convince the viewers that there is only a couple of years between the old interns and the new ones then the makeup department has their work cut out for them. It was obvious at the end of season 3 they were looking less like first year interns. Preproduction started this week handing out script's and all that fun stuff. Shooting starts Monday I believe. I'm ready to see some great pictures of my favorite couple. I'm going to be sick if Derek and Meredith don't get back together. I also don't have anything against Chyler it's the whole thing about Meredith's family that I think is getting old. You already know Thatcher's going to be around and after the way he treated Meredith I would rather not see him again.

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    Here is the article I found on televisionista about production staring up this past week! http://televisionista.blogspot...

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    I totally agree with sak about the merder situation: before addison they never had problems and they never stopped loving each other, now it's so much different! Like someone said, they've changed derek so much! I think probably we'll have to wait the very end of the show to see them together and happy...
    (I apologize for the possible grammar mistakes)

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    I don't think they start shooting again until 7/16

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    I am surprised that we haven't seen pics of the cast back at work too! I figured when the word got out that GA cast was back to work, there would be photographers camped out at their studio for pics of them! I hope we will see some very soon! Hopefully, some good pics of Patrick and Ellen together. I remember when most of the cast was at that Ball in June that Eric Dane and his wife had, Ellen was telling a reporter how glad she was to see Patrick because she had not seen him in a while and that they (the cast) is use to seeing each other everyday, so it was good to see everybody. From what I have read in a few articles since GA has started back to work this week...is that everybody is glad to be back! That sounds good!
    The Emmy announcements will be made next week, on Thursday I think. Lets hope that GA will be well represented! I definately think the show will be nominated and I hope Patrick and Ellen will as long as everybody else! I wish all of them luck, I know they are looking forward to hearing!

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    I never thought that the timeline on this show is so screw up.

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    aha... Thatcher left Ellis when Mer was 5-6. Meredith spent 2 months in Europe before attending Medical School at Dartmouth. Lexie's sister Molly is 23 and Lexie is older than Molly. When Molly was admitted Lexie was in her last year of Med School so she was 25-26 at the youngest if she didn't skip any years... meaning meredith would have to bea bout 30 right now... so Meredith must have skipped some years or the show is just getting messed up with the ages. hafsa... Meredith is BEAUTIFUL. Life at the Hospital is CRAZY they don't have time for appearances.. the makeup crew specifically makes them look tired and warn-out

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    bonnie.. that is soo strange!! I seriously never thought about that !