Chyler Leigh Wiki – Chyler Leigh Biography
Chyler Leigh West known professionally as Chyler Leigh, is an American actress, singer and model. She is known for portraying Janey Briggs in the comedy film Not Another Teen Movie (2001), Lexie Grey in the ABC medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy (2007–2012), and Alex Danvers in the DC Comics superhero series Supergirl (2015–present).
Chyler Leigh can relate to her Supergirl character in more ways than one.
Leigh, 38, opened up about her sexuality in a recent post on the Creating Change website, saying the coming out story of her Supergirl character Alex Danvers helped the actress learn to fully embrace and accept her authentic self.
“When I was told that my character was to come out in season 2, a flurry of thoughts and emotions flew through and around me because of the responsibility I personally felt to authentically represent Alex’s journey,” she began the post.
Leigh said she felt a connection to the words and emotions her character used when revealing that she was gay.
“What I didn’t realize was how the scene where she finally confessed her truth would leap off the pages of the script and genuinely become a variation of my own. IRL,” she continued. “My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest each take we filmed, every time presenting another opportunity to get those honest words out of my mouth. Though they don’t exactly match my personal dialogue, the heart behind it surely did.”
Facts You Need to Know
April 10, 1982 (age 38 years), Charlotte, NC
Nathan West (m. 2002)
Noah Wilde West, Taelyn Leigh West, Anniston Kae West
Christopher Khayman Lee
Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Yvonne Norton and Robert Potts and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where her parents ran a weight-loss business. The business went bankrupt when she was eight and her parents’ marriage ended when she was 12; she, her mother, and her older brother – former actor Christopher Khayman Lee – then moved to Miami, where her mother remarried her first husband. Leigh was estranged from her father for many years following her parents’ divorce, but they have since reconciled.
Leigh was in eighth grade when she started modelling. She soon began acting by appearing in local television commercials and a syndicated teen news show, Hall Pass. In 1999, Leigh and her mother relocated to Los Angeles so she could develop her acting career. At 16, she took and passed the California High School Proficiency Exam.
Drug addiction and recovery
At age 16, Leigh met her future husband, 20-year-old Nathan West, when they both attended auditions for the pilot of an unsuccessful WB series titled Saving Graces. They began a relationship, and Leigh left home to move in with West. Leigh described them as being “broken”, both having had troubled family lives and difficult upbringings. This led to abuse of drugs such as cocaine, which quickly escalated into addiction. The catalysts for change eventually came in 2001, when Leigh, in the throes of addiction and barely eating, was told by the director of Not Another Teen Movie that she looked unhealthily thin. Around that time, she and West also attended a Christian church service, at the invitation of a friend, which helped them break free of their addiction. Clean and sober in 2002, they were wed in Alaska surrounded by their closest family and friends.
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 with the cast 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. 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, but was let go at the end of the season due to budget cuts. Following that, she joined the cast of Reunion in September 2005.
In ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Leigh first appeared as a woman in Joe’s bar who was noticed by Derek Shepherd during the final two episodes of the third season, and her character is later revealed to be Lexie Grey, the younger half-sister of the titular character. Leigh was made an official series regular for season four and remained so until the eighth-season finale, as Leigh chose to depart from the show after five years to spend more time with her family.
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”. On Valentine’s Day 2017, they released the single “Nowhere”. Leigh has taken part in several of her husband’s tours.[clarification needed]
On June 18, 2017, a single “Spirit of Samba” of Laurent Voulzy was released featuring Leigh, Nina Miranda, Luisa Maita and Eloisia; in France has reached its maximum with the 99th position of the Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique (SNEP).
In October 2015, Leigh began starring in a lead role in the CBS/CW DC Comics television show Supergirl as Alex Danvers, the elder adoptive sister of the titular character and a scientist and government agent at the DEO.
In 2002, Leigh married fellow actor Nathan West in Alaska. 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 (born 2003, 2006, and 2009).
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 their first child, she guessed she was having a boy so she chose the first name and Nathan gave him his middle name. For their second child, Nathan correctly guessed it was a girl, so he named her. Their third child, also a girl, was guessed correctly by West, and he again chose the name.
Leigh is a Christian and credits her faith and a “really awesome church” with giving her and her husband “a reason to live”. She also supports The Thirst Project, a non-profit organization in America which aims to bring safe drinking water to communities around the world.
In 2019, Leigh revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder a decade earlier.
In June 2020, Leigh came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Leigh and her family previously lived in Los Angeles , but they now split their time between Vancouver and Nashville.