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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One more thing, can meredith pls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! be given a complete makeover? especially her hair. Surely now that she is a residence and will have a bit of time to herself, can you make her look nice?


I am not sure how either, but i thought derek stayed with addison for 8 months and before then, he was with meredith for 2 months. Then there came the divorve, the NDE and all othe stuffs, i think their internship is more than a year unless of cos i got it all wrong. Shonda i trust will give an explaination to this misunderstanding. Why isnt there any pics of the cast on set? surely some photographer most have taken a few shots of them by now


Can someone please help me? I have an "age-problem"! Mer was 4 or 5 when her parents split up (it seems like that from the flashbacks she had), her father "eventually" remarried, so I'm guessing, Lexie was born 1 or 2 years later! That makes Lexie Grey at least 5 years younger than Meredith, right? Then how - and here comes my problem - can she be an intern only one (!!) year after Mer? Did Mer go through an extra education previously to SGH or did her parents split up when she was still a baby or is Lexie even more of a genius than Cristina or what?? Because I have thought that the three seasons where really only one year of internship. Maybe I got something can anybody clear that up for me?


Simple math shows that Meredith would have to be in her 30's but the time line is messed up anyway. if Lexie does not make a good impression the first couple of show's you might as well forget it. She's not well liked anyway so it would take something special for people to come around. If Shonda realizes fan's are not happy hopefully she will fix things.


If Meredith dad left when she was 5 or 6 that's how much older she would be than Lexie. So if Lexie is say 25 add that 5 or 6 years to that and Meredith would have to be in her 30's. Unless they create one of those storylines where Thatcher had an affair while married to Ellis which would put them closer in age. It stated that when Molly was in the hospital she was 23 and Lexie is older than Molly.


I hated the end of last season. Shonda's cliffhanger was an off the cliff downer. The George & Izzie chapter was awful - not to mention unbelievable on any level. And as for the possibility of Derek hooking up with Meredith's half sister - what a slimy story idea! I hope the Lexie character gets dealt a better hand than that.
Do they want us to hate everyone because that is where these dopey faux plot turns are taking me. I will not buy the Season 3 DVD. Shame on all you Grey's writers and producers. YOU MAY NOT HAVE IT ALL MUCH LONGER. I'm going to start watching Dempsey's car races and look forward Pompeo et all in the cast in other projects. At least that's something to look forward to. My plan this fall is to read the GA reviews before tuning in. You lost me for now.


bonnie... Meredith was only in Europe for 2 months !!! making it kind of strange... but wouldn't Lexie have to be almost 26... 4 years of med school? That is a whole new thought for me.. and I don't think that mer is over 30... and thatcher didn't leave ellis until she was 5-6!!!


At least they got the kid part right. I think Chyler is cute and seems very sweet. But I consider Lexie a slut and a trouble maker before I even get a chance to see what she's all about. I maybe wrong for my opinion but I'm not alone.


Man she is a nightmare that won't go away. I'm with a lot of other's she will not grow on me at this point. She can be a perfect angel or whatever to start with and the writer's will have her do something stupid. So why waste my time getting to like her just to hate her again later on. Like someone else said she needs to get on a slow boat to China. Lexie Grey is not wanted by the fans.


I have always trusted the writers to give me something interesting to watch, whether it is what I was expecting or not. I doubt this time is going to be any different. I also sorta got the impression that Meredith was a very angry, rebellious young girl and took a little longer to decide she wanted to become a surgeon than some of the others. She does seem older than both George and Izzie. One more possibility is that Lexie is brilliant. She may have finished school early. Completed med school when she was younger than the rest of her graduating class. When her younger sister Molly, was in the hospital the first time she mentioned her older sister was the smart one. Anyway I look at it, I never expected to like a show this much. I never expected to fall completely in love with a fictional character - McDreamy. I never expected to want so much to have a friend like George (I love him) and Christina (she makes me laugh). This is pure entertainment and I am never disappointed for long. The story always draws me back in, no matter how much I may disagree with a storyline at first.


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.