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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I hate both, Addison and Lexie. I'm not sad for Addison's departure! Goodbye!!!


well..i think the trepidation surrounding Lexie's character results from the fact that IF her character facilitates a break-up between Mer/Der, it will be the *second time* we've been through this as viewers. With Addison, it was a first - and we learned to love her, after awhile. Plus her history with Derek, and Derek's need to honour the vows they exchanged - well, I think we could understand why he made the choice he did to leave Mer (even if it ended up being the wrong choice). But to have another character get between Mer/Der a second time, with no history to warrant it except attraction (AND she's Mer's half-sister)...well that would just suck. I hope you're right, McShava, and Shonda's just playing with us :)


I know why I'm negative - she flirted with Derek at Joe's. I'm sure she's a nice person. Have no idea if she's a good actress, as I've only seen her in GA. But if the storyline creates a Der / Lexie pairup....I will NOT be happy.


Chyler is going to be a great addition to the cast. I don't know why everyone is being so negative. I see her as a love match for Sloan maybe or even Alex. Derek and Lexie would have looked good together, but God forbid!!


awww. she seems sweet. and obviously the other cast members like her =]. I think we should give her a "McChance". Who knows maybe she won't go after Derek...and even if she nevermind. i was trying to think of a positive thing to say about Derek and Lexie being together but i can't think of any. so we'll just have to see how this plays out.


Whatever, we are not talking about the real person here, we are talking about the character she is player. She may be having fun, but she still shouldnt even dare go near derek.


Yeah, she sounds nice.
After all, i dont REALLY understand why everyone hates Lexie that much..
Addison "destroyed" the merder couple aswell and still she turned out okay. by the end of season 3, everyones quite sad shes leaving. At least i am.
And then there's lexie you hasnt done anything so far.. except that flirt but that doesn't have to mean anything. Perhaps shondas just teasing us ;-)
We never know. Not yet. so i don't understand you no ones even trying to give her a chance. after all the actress seems to be nice. And, btw, i somehow had the impression, that she'll be important for george as well. that look he gave her, after shed told hin she was a grey was like "woohoo.. finally a grey i might get" (; Okay, just kidding.. i'm only saying this because everyones so sure shell cause the bis MerDer Break-Up ..


she as a person sounds really sweet and nice.. but I don't think she knows what she is getting herself into!


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.