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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Yuck are we really stuck with her for more than 13 episodes. I was having enough trouble with that one as it was. I'm only a fan of one Grey and she aint it.


hask it's Ok nobody is calling the firing quad. They need to make a preseason for or against Lexie Grey poll. Then do another one maybe midseason poll than another one at the end of the season just to see how many change their mind's. Because it's so obvious that 99.9% of the fan's hate her already.


You got me all wrong, i wasnt talking about lexie, i was talking about ellen pompeo.


We know why we don't like her for obvious reason's. I can't see anyone liking her yet unless your against MerDer's happiness.


Easy. You like Lexie Grey right of the bat? What's wrong with you?


My God some people can kill your spirit at one go. I was just googling around and came across so many rude, vindictive, malicious and unfair comments on my favorite character. I am so upset, i mean how can you sit down and judge a person you have never met before?


There is nothing wrong with Chyler any actress given the name Lexie Grey would not be welcome. It's the writer's who have made us feel this way. They have to know how the fans feel about the whole thing. As far as Patrick and Ellen they have something special and amazing and I'm glad they have become really good friends. It just makes them so much more fun to watch.


i cant belive that shonda didnt think about the age differences!!! i think she has a good plot line up her sleeve. i will absolutely HATE lexie. do any of you wonder if she knows she is going in to the show being hated like kate? those of you who say u will not watch the show bcuz of lexie, YOU GUYS NEED TO REALIZE THAT ONE FRICKEN CHARACTER SHOULDNT STOP YOU FROM WATCHING THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!! what is your guyses problem?!!! i mean seriously?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
shonda needs to think about the things she is writting becuz some of it doesnt make any fucink sence!COME ON SHONDA U CAN DO BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!! btw-mer looks great!


I don't care about the actress. What I do care about is her character ruining what was once my favorite show. So basically I hate Shonda for messing up greys. Secondary to that, I hate the appearance of this new slutty character.


i really really really really really really do NOT like lexie grey. im hoping she turns out like addison. i didnnt really like addison and now i love her and im very sad shes leaving but happy that she has her own show now =). hopefully lexie wont cause that big of a fuss for SGH!


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.