Having battled with serious addiction at 16, Chyler Leigh succeeded against the odds and made giant strides in the entertainment industry. The American actress is mostly known for her part as Janey Briggs in the film Not Another Teen Movie, Agent Alex Danvers in Supergirl and as Lexi Grey in ABC‘s medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy.
Despite the odds, Chyler Leigh has built a wonderful life for herself. Here’s more information about the actress and her fascinating life history.
Born on the 10th of April, 1982, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chyler Leigh Potts is an American actress, singer and model. Though born in North Carolina, she grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Trantwood Elementary School. Her parents, Yvonne Norton and Robert Potts, owned a weight loss business together but it went bankrupt and the couple later got separated in 1994. Chyler had to move to Miami with her mother and brother, Christopher Khayman Lee. Eventually, her mother remarried.
In eighth grade, the young actress began modelling and acting in local television commercials. In 1999, Chyler and her mother moved to Los Angeles in order to develop her acting career. Around this time, she wrote and passed the California High School Proficiency Exam.
In the same year, she met Nathan West and they started dating. Not long after, she moved in with Nathan and because they both had difficult childhoods, they resorted to abuse of drugs such as cocaine which became a full-blown addiction. However, after attending a church service, upon the invitation of a friend, the two were able to break free from their addiction and they have remained clean and sober till this day.
Having started acting at a young age, she made her film debut in 1997 with the film Kickboxing Academy. She went on to feature in local TV shows and equally tried out modelling. In 2001, she got the lead role in the successful comedy film Not Another Teen Movie. The following year, she was ranked #65 on Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002 and featured in the TV series Girls Club and That 80’s Show.
Chyler Leigh eventually became a series regular in the legal drama, The Practice but could not continue due to budget cuts. She then went on to feature in ABC‘s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. At first, she made slight appearances in the third season but became a regular by the fourth season, playing the part of the main character’s half-sister.
In October 2015, she nabbed the lead role in the CBS/CW DC television show Supergirl, playing Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a scientist and government agent. Some of her other films include Brake, The 19th Wife and Taxi Brooklyn.
Chyler Leigh also makes music with Nathan West, her husband. They work together under the name ‘WestLeigh’ and majorly perform covers. In 2015, they wrote the song Love Lit the Sky in celebration of their thirteenth anniversary and on Valentine’s Day, 2017, they released a single Nowhere.
Family Life: Husband And Kids
The Supergirl star is married to American actor, singer and musician, Nathan Luke West. Nathan proposed to Chyler on the set of Not Another Teen Movie in 2001 and the two tied the knot in 2002 in Alaska.
Nathan was born on the 29th of September, 1978 in Anchorage, Alaska, where he also grew up. He attended and graduated from Service High School, where he played Hockey. As an actor, he worked with his wife on the TV series 7th Heaven, Safe Harbor and the thriller, Brake. He also featured in Disney’s Miracle and the historical romantic drama, Alleged.
The couple is blessed with three children. When starting out, the pair made a pact that whoever guessed the sex of the child right would be the one to name the child. Chyler Leigh got to name the first child, a son – Noah Wilde West who was born in December 2003; while Nathan got to name his two daughters – Taelyn Leigh West, born in September 2006 and Anniston Kae West, born on the 7th of May in 2009.
Chyler Leigh and her family reside in Los Angeles and they are devoted Christians. With three children, the American actress is doing her best to stay afloat in her career while still making memories with her family. She notably decided to take time off Grey’s Anatomy just to focus on her family.
Chyler Leigh and her husband dedicate most of their days to their children but they still make out time for date nights to relax and catch up. The American actress sure has an enviable balanced family life.
Chyler Leigh – Net Worth
The beautiful actress, who had a shaky beginning in life, is said to have an estimated net worth of $5 million. This comes as no surprise at all as she earns within the range $25,000 to $50,000 per episode on Supergirl. One can say she is doing relatively well for herself.