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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It makes no sense but I think it depends on how long Meredith was in Europe. She apparently took some time off. It stand's to reason Meredith has to be over 30. If Molly was 23 that means Lexie has to be at least 25. Because unless you are smart enough to skip a grade or two from high school to medical school your going to be 25 when you finish. Meredith was 5 when her dad left. Even if Thatcher had Lexie pretty quick when he left she would have to be at least 6 or 7 years younger than Meredith. If Lexie is 25 that means Meredith has to be at least 31 or 32. I hope I made sense.


Chyler Leigh seems sweet! but LEXIE GREY FUCK OFF!


bonnie2... I defenitley didn't realize that!!!! Does that mean that thatcher was having an affair?! ahh that would be a crazy plot line....


Am I the only one that does not get how Lexie could be an intern immediately following Meredith?? Didn't Thatcher leave Mer & Mom around age 6 or 7?? How is Lexie old enough to be just one year behind Mer? The whole thing is ridiculous...


Chyler is'nt the one I have a problem with it's her character Lexie. The Grey family storyline is getting really old. Plus Shonda herself saying she was having trouble writing for so many people and so on and so on. Nothing has made sense all summer.


I'll also like Lexie as long as she has NOTHING to do with Derek and Meredith. I wonder if Shonda has any idea what "that flirting in the bar with Derek" did to us Mer/Der fans! It was like stabbing a stake through our hearts! You DON'T MESS WITH MER/DER!!!!!! So, I guess we'll have to see what Shonda decides to do with this character............lets just hope she really thinks this one through and realizes what the fans really want! You know, just the thoughts of Mer/Der being with anyone else would never work in my opinion. From the beginning of episode 1, season 1 we fell in love with Mer/Der and we have grown to love them even more through season 3. So she can't burn their relationship down...they have been through so much together! Lets just hope that we will finally get to see what we have been waiting for... for (3) seasons.....Mer/Der together in a healthy relationship with no problems from anybody!


if this b**** gets with derek then i say mer nd mcsteamy hookup just to piss him off! that's fair nd i'm so mad at wht they've turned derek's character into tht i dont ever care if he gets hurt! jeeesussss this show used to be my favorite. i really dont kno anymore.


i'm sorry but she really needs to go die.
she's ruining the freaking show.


Since I'm very excited for season 4, I'll tell you my fantasy- that since they had to break up Christina and Burke, they might let Derek and Meredith stay together. And I think they would be crazy to hook up Lexie and Derek. Derek didn't know who she was when he flirted with her so the idea that he would hook up with an intern AGAIN and also hook up with a Grey AGAIN would make him slightly psychotic.
These are my dreams....


I have mixed feelings about Lexie Grey... She doesn't seem like a trouble maker. I think as long as Meredith and Derek stay together then I'll like Lexie. If season 4 will redeem itself Shonda should give the fans what we want. So Lexie might also be like her mother and try to bring Thatcher and Meredith to good terms. Thing is we will never know until season 4 starts. Let me just say I'm super excited!!!


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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.