Chyler Leigh

Active - 1997 - 2011  |   Born - Apr 10, 1982 in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States  |   Genres - Comedy Drama, Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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Born Chyler Leigh Potts in Charlotte, NC, in 1982, the future actress and her family relocated to Virginia Beach, VA, in 1984. After spending her early years at Trentwood Elementary and Great Neck Middle School, Leigh's parents divorced and Chyler and brother Christopher Khayman Lee relocated with their mother to Miami, FL, to begin a new life. It was in Miami that young Chyler decided to drop out of high school to pursue a career as an actress by training with acting coach Sharon Lane. It was under Lane Management that Leigh began landing frequent modeling and commercial work, appearing in television spots for Coca-Cola and Wendy's among others.

Landing the job as co-host of the syndicated talk show Hall Pass (1996) proved the widest exposure to date for the burgeoning talent, and it wasn't long before Leigh would subsequently appear in such series as Kinetic City Cuper Crew and Safe Harbor. Also appearing in unaired pilots for Saving Graces and Wilder Days (and inadvertently cast as the teenage lover of real-life brother Christopher in the former), Chyler dropped Lane Management in favor of representation by The Gersh Agency before auditioning for her biggest feature role to date in Not Another Teen Movie. Though she secretly longed for the role of "The Pretty Ugly Girl," Leigh auditioned for the role of "The Perfect Girl" under the advise of her new management, and, to everyone's surprise, walked out of the audition with the role of "The Pretty Ugly Girl" secured.

As the years wore on, Leigh would continue to find success, especially on the small screen, starring on shows like The Practice, Reunion, and Grey's Anatomy.

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  • Started working as a model at age 12.
  • Did not graduate from high school, but achieved the equivalent by taking the California High School Proficiency Exam. 
  • Garnered notice playing the "Pretty Ugly Girl" in 2001's Not Another Teen Movie and appeared in the music video for Marilyn Manson's cover of "Tainted Love" which was on the film's sound track.
  • She and her brother, Christopher, were originally cast as love interests in Safe Harbor. Their characters were rewritten to accommodate the siblings.
  • Met Nathan West when they both auditioned for a TV pilot called Saving Grace in 1999; the show was not picked up, but Leigh and West were married in 2002.