Chyler Leigh

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Chyler Leigh
Chyler Leigh Potts

(1982-04-10) April 10, 1982 (age 41)
  • actress
  • singer
  • model
Years active1996–present
Nathan West (m. 2002)

Chyler Leigh West (pronounced /ˈklər/; née Potts; born April 10, 1982), known professionally as Chyler Leigh, is an American actress, singer and model, best known for her portrayals of Janey Briggs in Not Another Teen Movie and Dr. Lexie Grey in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. In October, 2015, she began starring in the CBS/CW show Supergirl as Alexandra "Alex" Danvers.

Career[change | change source]

In eighth grade, Leigh started modeling. She soon began acting by appearing in local television commercials and a syndicated teen news show called Hall Pass. In 1999, Leigh and her mother relocated to Los Angeles in order for Leigh to develop a career in acting.

Leigh started acting at an early age and debuted in the film world at age 15 in 1997's Kickboxing Academy. She started hosting in local TV shows and modeling; in 2001, Leigh nabbed the lead role in the box-office success Not Another Teen Movie as Janey Briggs. She also appeared in Marilyn Manson's music video "Tainted Love", a song which appeared in the film. She was ranked #65 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[1] In 2002, Leigh was cast in two short-lived TV series: Girls Club, in which she played lawyer Sarah Mickle, and That '80s Show, in which she played punk rocker June Tuesday. She then became a series regular on the ABC legal drama The Practice. Following that, she joined the cast of Reunion in September, 2005.

In ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Leigh first appeared as a woman in Joe's bar who was noticed by Derek Shepherd while in the third-season finale, it was revealed that she was Lexie Grey.[2] She was made an official series regular for season four, and remained so until the eighth-season finale.

Chyler Leigh also makes music with her husband Nathan West (East of Eli), under the name "WestLeigh". They have performed covers and originals songs. In 2015, for their thirteenth anniversary they wrote "Love Lit The Sky".[3] On Saint Valentine's Day 2017 they released a single "Nowhere" and then she take part in tours.[4][5][6][7]

In October, 2015, she began starring in the CBS/CW show Supergirl as Alexandra "Alex" Danvers.[8]

Personal life[change | change source]

Chyler Leigh in 2006

On July 20, 2002, Leigh married fellow actor Nathan West. The couple worked together in 2000 on the television series 7th Heaven, playing Mary Camden's (Jessica Biel) troubled friends Frankie and Johnnie. Leigh and West have three children – a son and two daughters: Noah Wilde (born December 2003), Taelyn Leigh (born September 2006),[9] and Anniston Kae (born May 7, 2009).[10]

Leigh has said that she and her husband have a pact in which the person who guesses the baby's sex correctly gets to choose the name. When pregnant with Noah, she guessed she was having a boy so she chose the first name and Nathan gave him his middle name. For Taelyn, Nathan correctly guessed it was a girl, so he named her. Their third child, also a girl, was guessed correctly by West; he chose the name Anniston Kae.[11]

Leigh is a Christian and credits her faith and a "really awesome church" with giving her and her husband "a reason to live."[12][13] She also supports The Thirst Project, a non-profit organization in America which aims to bring safe drinking water to communities around the world.[14]

Leigh is best friends with actress and co-star Melissa Benoist[15][16] and Chyler Leigh's kids call Melissa Benoist "aunt Melissa".[17][18]

References[change | change source]

  1. "". Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2007.
  2. Ingrassia, Lisa (2007-06-10). "Grey's Anatomy Welcomes New Cast Member – Grey's Anatomy, Chyler Leigh". Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  3. "Modern Machine - Photos from Modern Machine's post | Facebook". Facebook.
  4. "Nowhere by East of Eli featuring Chyler Leigh".
  5. "Nowhere (feat. Chyler Leigh) - Single". iTunes.
  6. "East Of Eli featuring Chyler Leigh - Live March 18th - Los Angeles".
  7. "Chyler Leigh and Nathan West release delightful new song for Valentine's Day".
  8. "Supergirl". IMDb.
  9. Ingrassia, Lisa. "Grey's Anatomy Cast 'Happy to Be Back' – Grey's Anatomy, Chyler Leigh". Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  10. Ingrassia, Lisa. "Grey's Anatomy's Chyler Leigh Welcomes a Baby Girl, 7 May 2009". Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  11. Suzanne Goin's Chopped Chicken Salad. "Grey's Anatomy's Chyler Leigh Expecting Baby No. 3 – Babies, Chyler Leigh". Archived from the original on 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  12. "Addiction to Fulfillment: An Interview With Chyler Leigh".
  13. "Grey's Anatomy Star: At Long Last, Love". Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  14. "Playing Doctor: A House Call From Chyler Leigh of Grey's Anatom".
  15. "'Supergirl' Season 2 Star Chyler Leigh Reveals Why She's Thankful For Melissa Benoist". International Business Times.
  16. "Supergirl: Apparently Even Melissa Benoist Doesn't Know Who's In The Rocket".
  17. "Chyler's kids call Melissa Benoist "aunt Melissa"".
  18. "Aunt Melissa". Archived from the original on 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2017-05-28.

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