Leigh in 2011
|Born||Chyler Leigh Potts
(1982-04-10) April 10, 1982
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Nathan West (m. 2002)|
|Awards||Young Hollywood Awards|
|Also known as||WestLeigh (with Nathan West)|
Chyler Leigh West (pronounced /ˈkaɪlər/; 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 a lead role, in the CBS/CW show Supergirl as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers.
Leigh was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Yvonne Norton and Robert Potts. Leigh was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where her parents ran a weight-loss business. However, when Leigh was eight, the business went bankrupt and at the age of twelve, following the break-up of her parents’ marriage, Leigh moved with her mother and brother to Miami where her mother remarried her first husband. Following her parents’ divorce, Leigh was estranged from her father for many years, but the two have since reconciled.
While in eighth grade, she started modelling. 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. At age 16, Leigh 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. The two began a relationship, and Leigh left home to move in with West. Leigh and West, both having had troubled family lives and difficult upbringings, were described by Leigh as being “broken”. 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. In 2002, the couple, now clean and sober, 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 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 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. 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”. On Saint Valentine’s Day 2017 they released a single “Nowhere” and then she take part in tours.
In October, 2015, she began starring, in a lead role, in the CBS/CW show Supergirl as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, who is the sister of Supergirl.
On July 20, 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: Noah Wilde (born December 2003), Taelyn Leigh (born September 2006), and Anniston Kae (born May 7, 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 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.
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.
|1997||Kinetic City Super Crew||unknown|
|1999||Saving Grace||Grace Smith||unknown episodes|
|Safe Harbor||Jamie Martin||Main cast member, 10 episodes|
|7th Heaven||Frankie||3 episodes|
|Wilder Days||Rip||unknown episodes|
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Janey Briggs|
|2002||That ’80s Show||June Tuesday||13 episodes|
|Girls Club||Sarah Mickle||9 episodes|
|2003||The Practice||Claire Wyatt|
|2004||North Shore||Kate Spangler||1 episode|
|Reunion||Carla||Main cast member, 13 episodes, 2005–2006|
|2007–2012||Grey’s Anatomy||Dr. Lexie Grey||Guest (Season 3)
Main Cast (Season 4–8): 112 episodes
|2010||The 19th Wife||Queenie Alton|
|2012||Private Practice||Dr. Lexie Grey||1 episode|
|2013||Window Wonderland||Sloan Van Doren||TV Movie|
|2014||Taxi Brooklyn||Detective Caitlyn ‘Cat’ Sullivan||12 Episodes|
|2015–present||Supergirl||Alexandra “Alex” Danvers||Lead Role|
|2001||“Tainted Love“||Marilyn Manson|||
|2008||“Like a Virgin“|
|2011||“Breathe (2 AM)“|
|“Running on Sunshine”|
|“How to Save a Life“|
|2015||“Love Lit The Sky”||With Nathan West (East of Eli)|
|2002||Young Hollywood Awards||Exciting New Face-Female||Herself||Won|||