Chyler Leigh Opens Up About Discovering Her Sexuality In Pride Month Essay

Written by on June 10, 2020

For actor Chyler Leigh, artwork imitated life when her character on The CW’s “Supergirl” got here out as a lesbian, prompting her personal journey of self-discovery. 

Leigh candidly unpacked how her onscreen alter ego helped her come to phrases along with her personal sexuality in a Pleasure Month essay she posted on Create Change, the web site she co-founded. The positioning goals to assist readers “develop into the change you wish to see on the earth.”  

“Once I was informed that my character was to return out in season two, a flurry of ideas and feelings flew by means of and round me due to the accountability I personally felt to authentically symbolize Alex’s journey,” Leigh wrote.

“What I didn’t notice was how the scene the place she lastly confessed her fact would leap off the pages of the script and genuinely develop into a variation of my very own. IRL. My coronary heart felt prefer it was going to beat out of my chest every take we filmed, each time presenting one other alternative to get these trustworthy phrases out of my mouth,” she added. “Although they don’t precisely match my private dialogue, the guts behind it absolutely did.”

The “Gray’s Anatomy” alum stated that the overwhelmingly constructive response to her character’s popping out scene made sense as a result of “there’s some fact to what she stated about me.”

Whereas she didn’t specify her sexuality, Leigh defined how she and husband of almost 20 years — with whom she shares three kids — are persevering with to develop collectively whereas she explores her identification.

“It’s been an extended and lonely highway for each my husband and myself however I can whole-heartedly say that in spite of everything these years, he and I are nonetheless discovering the depths of ourselves and one another, however all through our journey we’ve realized to be pleased with who we’re, regardless of the fee.”

However there have been additionally those that weren’t as thrilled with the route the superhero present was taking, Leigh stated, together with members of her personal neighborhood. 

“I used to be informed from pricey pals (and even avid watchers of ‘Supergirl’) that they might not watch the present due to the truth that Alex’s journey took a flip from their lower than acceptable beliefs.”

She added: “Quickly after, they started to distance themselves and finally my household and I had been outcast, marking the lack of many of us we liked.”

Nonetheless, Leigh insisted that she doesn’t “maintain a grudge” about her detractors. “All of us have had a tough time in a technique or one other with acceptance (regardless of the topic could also be) whether or not in the direction of ourselves or others,” she added.

On Instagram Tuesday, Leigh thanked followers for his or her response to her essay. 

“As we speak I’ve obtained an outpouring of affection and help for acknowledging and loving myself because the individual I actually am,” she wrote. “As soon as we face our personal true selves, we will higher see the world round us, in addition to how we will make a constructive and lasting change for the sake of equality and love.”

Leigh concluded her message by writing, “I’m grateful to see extra clearly, breathe just a little simpler, and I’m proud to contribute to all that I imagine in with an trustworthy, open coronary heart. Sending like to you all.”

Manufacturing on the newest season of “Supergirl” was shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus, and the sequence aired a makeshift early finale. The following season is slated to return in spring 2021.

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