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Who Will Lexie Grey Sleep With?

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Here's the shocker from the first two (and, from the looks of spoilers, at least the next few) episodes of Season Four of Grey's Anatomy:

Lexie Grey doesn't hook up with anybody.

Not McDreamy, not McSteamy, not George. Nobody.

"Around here, it's the ongoing joke," the petite actress who plays Lexie, Chyler Leigh, tells the New York Post. "Who am I going to sleep with?"

Chyler Leigh PicWho indeed? As Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes tries to recover from a grim third season, she's trying hard to recreate a satisfying soufflé of sublime surgeons with fragile, complicated love lives and life-and-death medical crises.

The most potent new ingredient she's poured into the pot is Chyler Leigh, who plays Meredith Grey's Harvard-educated half-sister, Lexie.

Leigh interviewed for the high-profile role last November, but wasn't told until three days before filming the two-part season finale last April that her character would be Meredith's sister.

"This was all a huge secret," says Leigh. "They didn't want anyone to know I was coming."

But now the actress can fill in the blank.

"Lexie's mother died unexpectedly. Her father (Meredith's dad, Thatcher) is a basket case and drinking. "Lexie Grey was supposed to do her internship at Massachusetts General but came home to be with her dad."

Does half-sister Meredith welcome her with open arms?

Hardly. Especially after Meredith finds out that Lexie and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) have already met over drinks at Joe's Bar.

"Meredith pretty much doesn't want anything to do with her," Leigh said.

Leigh, who is married to actor Nathan West and has two young children, says she never watched Grey's Anatomy before the audition and had to play serious catch-up prior to joining the cast for Season Four.

When she found out last fall that she was up for a role, "my husband and I rented it on DVD and watched non-stop for about a day and a half. I was emotionally drained and exhausted. But I fell in love with the show."

Even the third season? Chyler Leigh pauses, and then decides not to censor herself. At 25, she is a quick-witted and intense young woman.

"Last season was the crash-and-burn season," she says. "This season, the show is redeeming itself. Raising itself from the dead."

Leigh sits in her studio trailer, one in a long row of identical star trailers that makes the Grey's parking lot look like an RV showroom.

She's so new to the cast that there are still no personal touches in her private digs. In fact, she seems a little shell-shocked at being part of the pampered ensemble of a hit show.

In 2002, Chyler Leigh was cast in two forgettable TV series, "Girls Club" and "That '80s Show." Since then, she's done other pilots and had guest spots on "North Shore" and "The Practice."

Tell her she may be the George Clooney of Grey's Anatomy (before ER, George Clooney claims to have been on more failed pilots than any other actor in Hollywood history) and Leigh nods her head in quick agreement.

"And to be on a medical show, like him, where I could possibly break through? It's pretty great."

She's just come out of rehearsals for a scene where Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) is barking orders and George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) faces humiliation (hehas to repeat his intern year) by being asked to hold a patient's wedding gown.

"Looks like Bambi just became a bridesmaid," says McSteamy, pouring salt in George's wounds.

"When a show has this much clout, you expect attitude and drama," says Leigh. "But when I showed up there was just nothing.

"I came in last season for the last two episodes so I didn't know what was going on with all that controversy. Everyone was so welcoming. Shonda was running around introducing me to everybody and saying, 'This is Lexie, this is Lexie!'

"Frankly, it was almost anti-climactic," she says.

But never boring. Because bringing Grey's Anatomy back to life has meant creating a classic soap-opera triangle between Lexie, Meredith and Derek Shepherd. And Dr. Sloan is always on the prowl.

"Everybody says 'Who's it going to be? McDreamy or McSteamy?'" says Leigh. "But my husband says, 'Why not McTeamy? Why not have both?'"

Leigh says that when she finally gets her romantic groove on, it's not going to be what people expect, so cross Dr. Shepherd off the list.

"Right now, she's focused on surviving," says Leigh. "In going through that, she'll find someone who in some way, shape or form connects with that."

In the meantime, does she get weak in the knees around all that man candy?

"My husband is extremely dreamy," says Leigh, "so I get it at home. I come here and it's like, 'whatever, guys.' They just happen to be ridiculously good-looking men that I get to spend my day with."

What's fascinating about Leigh is that in real life, she's had a lot in common - not with Lexie Grey - but with Meredith.

Born in Charlotte, N..C., Leigh grew up in Virginia Beach until age 12, when her parents' divorce forced a move to Miami Beach.

At 14, her mother pushed her none too gently into acting and modeling. Leigh did a lot of French and German 'tween catalogue work, which she hated.

"You get all those people who say, 'She's too fat, too skinny, too pretty, not pretty enough,'" says Leigh. "It's such a horrible thing to put kids through."

Chyler Leigh says she still has the scars to show from it.

"The hardest thing I've had to overcome is the people-pleasing," she says. "The idea of conditional love, that you have to be something other than what you are because what you are isn't good enough.

"I don't have a relationship with my mom. I haven't seen or spoken to her in three years. I had a lot of healing to do."

Her marriage, she says - to a man she met at 16, married at 20, changed and saved her life: "My husband taught me that if you have a gift, it's a shame to squander it because you're wasting time. He taught me to be passionate about life."

Like Meredith Grey?

"I'm not dark and twisty like Meredith," says Leigh. "But I could have been."

Chyler Leigh, called into hair and make-up, flashes a smile that is anything but anxiety-ridden. After all, she's on her first hit show. There are lives to save and ridiculously good-looking men to spend her day with.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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I WANT SHE WOULD BE TOGETHER WITH MARK SLOAN (MCSTEAMY) BOTH OF THEM ARE SO CUTE IN SEASON 5.. i hope that they slept together, but Mark could develop love feelings to her. COME ON! Mark hasn't been in Love again ever since Addison left him. SO, no wonder that he needs someone new
i like how Mark teased her so much and the fact that he looks a little jealous when George is with her.. i hope Shonda Rhimes could make them together in Season 5!! I hope so..
MARKXIE 4eVa!!

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she will get boned by a scumbag of a ewboy r a dirty nigger!

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I a little bit hate Lexis, because seemingly she is replacing the heroine role from Meredith. And hope she is not with derek. derek& mer is a perfect couple...

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There's clearly something going on between Lexie and Cristina. And pairing them together is certainly not something people generally expect... If this happened the show would be redeemed for me.

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I hate Lexie. her character is just boring and typical. she has no substance. i feel like they wanted to add something in the show since they took away burk and addison but this was a poor replacement. They were both very strong characters, and lexie seems to be a glorified extra maybe they should bring in someone with a little more personality, and a little less background drama.

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Oh Please !!! Lexie & Alex ���
Love them so much
Cant wait

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Dude come one NOOOOO not alex! :( he's mine! and he's still like...broken from addison and ava. God pleez i HATE lexie!

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with... alex? but he still love rebecca.. hmph.. with george? noo.. george is with callie or IZZIE.. alex 100% den.. because meredith has to be with derek.. burke with christina.. i rili want them to be together..they are a prefect coupleeee.. especially burke and christina.. aaaa.... but ANYWAY.. i think lexie grey with alex. 99.9% he3:P ^^

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well honestly i dont like lexie at all they are trying to force in this new character and trying to make her cool and important when really she is nothing more then georges friend and another "leg to hump"
i think that she will end up being a rotten charachter and end up causing a larger gap between merideth and derick. it really suck to think so but i think they will get through it
i also dont like lexie in real life she seems over confident and pretty much a biiotch ahha. no i mean seriously who auditoins for a production that is extremely popular and "she never really watched the show before" honestly if she didnt care enough to watch the show then they shouldnt have picked her.
she just expects stardom and recognition i hope they right her off the show in some freak accident like she has aids or something and then gives it to her dad.

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