Not Another Teen Movie
American actress Chyler Leigh is best known for playing Dr. Lexie Grey on the ABC hit series “Grey's Anatomy” (2005-?), a role she held since 2007. The role has brought her a Screen Actors Guild nomination. She also played regular roles on “Reunion” (2005, as Carla Noll), “The Practice” (2003, as Claire Wyatt), “That '80s Show” (2002, as June Tuesday), “Girls Club” (2002, as Sarah Mickle), and “Safe Harbor” (1999), from which she shared a Young Artist nomination. Leigh got her start as a model at age 12 and quickly got her first break on television as a co-host of “Hall Pass” (1996). She branched out into the big screen with 1997's “Kickboxing Academy,” where she acted alongside her brother Christopher Lee, but she did not gain true fame until she starred in the box office hit “Not Another Teen Movie” (2001). She also famously appeared in the video of Marilyn Manson's song, “Tainted Love,” which was included in the film soundtrack. In 2002, Leigh was awarded Young Hollywood Award for Exciting New Face – Female. The same year, she also was named one of Stuff magazine's “102 Sexiest Women in the World.”
Leigh is married to actor Nathan West. They have three children together (one boy and two girls).
Childhood and Family:
Chyler Leigh Potts was born April 10, 1982, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to parents Bob Potts and Yvonne Norton. When she was two years old, her family moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she attended Trantwood Elementary and Great Neck Middle School. She stayed in Virginia until age 12 when her parents divorced. Her mother then brought Chyler and her older brother Christopher Khyaman Lee (born March 11, 1978) to Miami, Florida. There she attended Nautilus Middle School and an unknown High School before dropping out to pursue acting. She trained with private acting coach Sharon Lane.
Met on the set of “Not Another Teen Movie” (2001), Chyler married actor Nathan West (born September 29, 1978) a year later on July 20, 2002. They welcomed their first child, Noah Wilde, in December 2003. Their second child, daughter Taelyn Leigh, was born in September 2006. The couple's third child, daughter Anniston Kae, followed on May 7, 2009.
Chyler Leigh kicked off her modeling career in Florida when she was 12 year old. She was a success print model before appearing in national commercials for Coca Cola and the hamburger restaurant Wendy's, among others.
Leigh's first break arrived in 1996 when she landed a co-hosting job on a syndicated talk show called “Hall Pass.” In the following year, she was cast alongside Ty Hodges and Todd Segal in the television series “Kinetic City Super Crew” and also made her film debut in 1997's “Kickboxing Academy,” where he starred opposite her brother, Christopher Lee, who played Danny, her love interest in the movie.
In 1999, Leigh played the role of Grace Smith in the television series “Saving Graces,” but she did not reunite with her brother until she took on a regular on the television drama series “Safe Harbor,” which ran on The WB for a season from September 20, 1999 to November 28, 1999. There she played Jeff's best friend, Jamie Martin. She shared a 2000 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble for her performance on the show.
Entering the new millennium, Leigh appeared in the television series “Wilder Days” and “M.Y.O.B.,” and played Frankie in three episodes of the hit series “7th Heaven” (all 2000). In 2001, she landed the lead role of Janey Briggs, a uniquely rebellious girl, in the comedy film “Not Another Teen Movie,” opposite Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Eric Christian Olsen, Eric Jungmann, Mia Kirshner, Deon Richmond, among other actors. Directed by Joel Gallen, the film debuted at No. 3 at the box office with over $12 million, and eventually grossed more than $66 million worldwide. The budget of the film was $15 million. Leigh also appeared in Marilyn Manson's music video for “Tainted Love,” a song that appeared in the soundtrack of the film. The song became Manson's biggest hit to date in the UK, where it reached a position of No. in the UK Top 75 charts.
In 2002, Leigh returned to series television as a regular on the Fox mid-season sitcom “That '80s Show,” where she was cast as a punk rocker named June Tuesday. The show was canceled after 13 episodes due to poor ratings. The same year, she also played the regular role of Sarah Mickle in David E. Kelley's short lives series, “Girls Club.”
In 2003, Leigh joined the cast of the ABC hit legal drama “The Practice” in the regular role of Claire Wyatt, Lindsay's associate at her new practice. However, she was let go at the end of the season as a result of budget cuts. In the following year, appeared as Kate Spangler in an episode of the prime time soap “North Shore” called “ My Boyfriend's Back.”
In 2005, Leigh joined Will Estes, Amanda Righetti, Dave Annable, Sean Faris and Alexa Davalos to star in the Fox drama series “Reunion,” playing Carla Noll. The show, however, was axed after only nine episodes because of low ratings.
In 2007, Leigh appeared as Meredith Grey's younger half sister, Dr. Lexie Grey, in the third season final of the ABC medical drama series “Grey's Anatomy.” She was made an official series regular for the next season. In 2008, the actress jointly netted a Screen Actors Guild nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
In 2010, Leigh starred as Queenie in the Lifetime television movie “The 19th Wife,” an adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel of the same name. Co-stars in the film included Matt Czuchry, Patricia Wettig and Jeff Hephner.
Recently, in 2011, Leigh returned to the big screen with the action/thriller “Brake,” directed by Gabe Torres and written by Timothy Mannion. She played the role of Molly Reins, opposite Stephen Dorff as Jeremy Reins, JR Bourne as Henry Shaw and Tom Berenger as Ben Reynolds.
Young Hollywood: Exciting New Face – Female, 2002