Chyler Leigh is Best Known For Being cast in the role of Alexandra “Alex” Danvers in the action drama TV series, Supergirl. She has reprised this role in other superhero TV series such as The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Having played the role of Dr. Alexandra “Lexie” Grey in the medical drama TV series, Grey’s Anatomy.
Born Name: Chyler Leigh Potts
Occupation: Actress, model, and singer
Years active: 1996–present
Born: April 10, 1982, 37 years and 11 months, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Hair Color: Dark Blonde (Natural). But, she often has to dye her hair as per her role requirements.
Eye Color: Hazel
Measurements: 34-23-35 in – (86-58-89 cm)
Bra size: 34B
Genre: Pop, pop rock, alternative rock
Chyler Leigh managed to pass the California High School Proficiency Exam at the age of 16.
Father – Robert Potts (Operated Weight Loss Business)
Mother – Yvonne Norton (Ran Weight Loss Business with her husband)
Siblings – Christopher Khayman Lee (Brother)
Others – Robert Louis Potts (Paternal Grandfather), Violet Leone Peterson (Paternal Grandmother)
Chyler Leigh West (pronounced /ˈkaɪlər/ KY-lər; born Potts; April 10, 1982), known professionally as Chyler Leigh, 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).
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, actor Christopher Khayman Lee, to Miami where her mother remarried her first husband. Following her parents’ divorce, Leigh was estranged from her father for many years, but they 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. 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.
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.
Leigh and her family live in Los Angeles.
She has English, Danish, French, and Irish ancestry.
Chyler Leigh is represented by The Burstein Company (Talent Agency).
Early in her modeling career, Chyler Leigh was featured in the commercials for leading brands such as
She had also done modeling work for many magazines and catalogs.
As a Singer
She often collaborates with her husband Nathan West to create music. They have performed covers of popular songs as well as created original songs.
On the eve of their 13th anniversary, they created the single, Love Lit the Sky. They released another single Nowhere on Valentine’s eve in 2017.
In 1997, Chyler made her theatrical film debut in a lead role in the action comedy movie, Kickboxing Academy. She was 15 years old at the time of her debut.
First TV Show
In 1996, Chyler Leigh made her first TV show appearance on drama series, Hall Pass.
Chyler suffers from exercise-induced asthma, which makes it difficult for her to hit the gym. Anyways, she doesn’t like hitting the gym. Instead, she relies on her active lifestyle to keep herself fit.
She also likes to join her husband for an occasional jog around the block. Also, running after her young children keeps her on moving around throughout the day.
Regarding diet, she tries to make healthy choices. She relies largely on a vegetarian diet with a focus on eating fresh veggies. She occasionally eats poultry and fish for her protein intake. She has also given Blood Type Diet a try as well. In this diet plan, the blood test is done and then customized diet plan is made accordingly.
Chyler Leigh Favorite Things
Food Indulgence – Ice cream
Beauty Products – Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Dermalogica Active Moist moisturizer
Stress Buster – A great movie with a glass of wine
Chyler Leigh Facts
She has often confessed in her interviews that she did drugs in her teens. She also used to drink heavily during that phase and barely used to eat.
Soon after she started her modeling career at the age of 12, she started smoking.
In 2002, she was placed by Stuff Magazine on the 41st spot on their list featuring 102 Sexiest Women in the World.
She is a fan of ink art and has got a big artsy tattoo on her back, featuring two creatures, night sky, and stars in the background.
In 1999, Chyler moved with her mother to Los Angeles to get a better shot at the acting career.
She has done advocacy work for The Thirst Project, which is a non-profit organization that aims to provide safe drinking water to the communities all over the world.
She made her first appearance in medical drama Grey’s Anatomy in the finale episode of the third season. She was made a member of the regular cast in the following season.
She has collaborated with her husband Nathan West to establish The Create Change Mission, which aims to bring positive changes to the world using media-based solutions.
In 2002, she was placed in the 65th position in “Hot 100 Women of 2002” list created by the Maxim magazine.
Visit her official website @ chyler-leigh.org.