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5 Questions With: Chyler Leigh

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 14th 2009 4:00PM
Chyler Leigh"When I first heard about the pairing between my character and McSteamy, I was like, 'Wait, what?' It seemed to me so out of nowhere ... but obviously it wasn't."

You know her as Lexie, Little Grey and the intern who's made McSteamy a one-woman guy, but Chyler Leigh is also a busy mom (she was pregnant all season -- could you tell?) who gave birth to her third child just days before we talked.

As the newest rising-star intern on 'Grey's Anatomy,' Lexie Grey's budding romance with Mark Sloane was one of the hottest (and, yes, steamiest) storylines this season. Never have so many people Googled "broken penis" because of primetime TV.

AOL TV got Leigh to dish about the show's 2-hour season finale (Thurs., May 14 at 9PM ET), the resolution to the whole will-they-or-won't-they Meredith and Derek wedding and why she's not mad at Izzie for stealing her chance to be a bridesmaid. -- By Maggie Furlong


Chyler LeighYou know her as Lexie, Little Grey and the intern who's made McSteamy a one-woman guy, but Chyler Leigh is also a busy mom (she was pregnant all season -- could you tell?) who gave birth to her third child just days before we talked.

As the newest rising-star intern on 'Grey's Anatomy,' Lexie Grey's budding romance with Mark Sloane was one of the hottest (and, yes, steamiest) storylines this season. Never have so many people Googled "broken penis" because of primetime TV.

AOL TV got Leigh to dish about the show's 2-hour season finale (Thurs., May 14 at 9PM ET), the resolution to the whole will-they-or-won't-they Meredith and Derek wedding and why she's not mad at Izzie for stealing her chance to be a bridesmaid. -- By Maggie Furlong

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Justin Chambers as Alex Karev star in the episode "Now or Never" - George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie's friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace's doctors together. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Chandra Wilson, Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang star in the episode "Now or Never" - George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie's friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace's doctors together. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres stars in the episode "Now or Never" - George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie's friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace's doctors together. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Kevin Mckidd Owen Hunt, Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres star in the episode "Now or Never" - George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie's friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace's doctors together. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Kevin Mckidd as Owen Hunt and Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres star in the episode "Now or Never" - George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie's friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace's doctors together. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Justin Chambers as Alex Karev star in the episode "Here's to the Future" - Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd star in the episode "Here's to the Future" - Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd star in the episode "Here's to the Future" - Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Liza Weil stars in the episode "Here's to the Future" - Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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    GREY'S ANATOMY Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Kimberly Elise, Jon Rowland, Webster Williams and Chelsea Taylor star in the episode "Here's to the Future" - Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. Airs Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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1. Congrats on your new baby girl! And congrats also on having the best hidden pregnancy on TV this season!
[Laughs] Thanks! Yeah, it was pretty funny when the whole [Lexie stress eating] storyline came out. I was like, 'Oh, I get it ...' [Laughs] They were very cool about it, and having had two [kids] before, and my first child I gained 55 pounds, I kind of learned the hard way.

2. Were you upset at all that sick Izzie swooped in and ruined your chance to be Meredith's bridesmaid?
Well, you know I think what's cool about it, even though it didn't happen, was still the fact that Lexie was asked to be a bridesmaid. I think, more than anything, even if it had ended up happening, I think the sentiment behind it was far greater than she would've ever expected anyway. I mean, she didn't really expect to go to the wedding at all. [Laughs] So, to have been asked to be a bridesmaid I think was a really cool experience between the two of them ... even though it didn't happen, I don't think it was too upsetting.

3. Well, didn't happen yet ... right? Will we be seeing a resolution to the Mer-Der wedding that never happened?
There's always a chance! If you hear anything, let me know. [Laughs] It'll definitely be addressed by the end [of the season]. It'll be addressed.

4. Did you have any idea when you signed on for the show that you'd end up being a full castmember having naughty sex in the on-call room?
I knew there was a chance, obviously being on this show [laughs], that the on-call room was inevitable, but I'll say this -- when I first heard about the pairing between my character and McSteamy, I was like, 'Wait, what?' It seemed to me so out of nowhere ... but obviously it wasn't, and the writers know what they're doing. It was definitely a little left field for me, but I'm really enjoying seeing the maturity of the two characters. I think with Lexie, it's just building the confidence, and there is a maturity level that's kind of coming along with it, and she actually has somebody on her side who not only believes in her as a person, but also as a surgeon and as a doctor. And then for him, it's causing him to look into himself a lot more ... less narcissistically [laughs], but more like, 'What do I want?' I love seeing the two of them growing together.

5. What can you tell us about the finale?
The finale ... there are so many huge moments for everybody in the cast. Nobody gets left out. There's a lot of breakthrough. To be expected, there's also a lot of chaos and tragedy and all these things that come into play -- it's pushing everybody to the limit. Definitely very unexpected -- very unexpected -- things. I mean, when I was reading the script, I was quite shocked by the end. It's gonna be a fantastic episode -- I'm really excited to watch it myself.


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