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Supergirl Actress Chyler Leigh Comes Out, Inspired by Character Alex Danvers

 

Chyler Leigh Comes Out in an Emotional Post About Alex Danvers’s Journey

Chyler Leigh, a star on the CW’s Supergirl, came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Just in time for Pride! She revealed her story through an online post on Create Change, a site founded by Leigh, her husband Nathan West, and Angel Lagdameo. It exists to provide “encouragement & inspiration to be the change you want to see in the world.” In her post, Leigh discusses how the coming out story of her character, Alex, affected her journey to finding herself. 

Chyler Leigh’s Post

Chyler Leigh in Supergirl - The CW
Chyler Leigh in Supergirl – The CW

In the post, Leigh talks about her surprise at relating to Alex’s journey personally. While she talks about her journey with her identity, she does not put any specific label on herself. 

“When I was told that my character was to come out in season 2, a flurry of thoughts and emotions flew through and around me because of the responsibility I felt to authentically represent Alex’s journey,” she wrote. “What I didn’t realize was how the scene where she finally confessed her truth would leap off the pages of the script and genuinely become a variation of my own. IRL. My heartfelt like it was going to beat out of my chest each take we filmed, every time presenting another opportunity to get those honest words out of my mouth. Though they don’t exactly match my own personal dialogue, the heart behind it surely did. From the director, the press, the media, the cast, and the fans, I’m still told it was the most realistic coming out scene they’d ever witnessed. And to steal from Alex’s words, that’s because there’s some truth to what she said about me.” 

The scene is in season 2, episode 6 of Supergirl

The Backlash

Leigh and her husband revealed many reactions to Alex’s coming out were negative. She explained that they lost friends. Said friends watched Supergirl avidly and claimed they would stop watching because of Alex’s sexuality. It did not align with their beliefs. Leigh described those beliefs as “less than acceptable”. She went on to say that those people became distant from Leigh and her family. Eventually becoming outcasts. 

She wrote, “I don’t hold a grudge towards the negative response, because as I said, we all have a hard time in one way or another with acceptance (whatever the subject may be) whether towards ourselves or others.”

Leigh went on to say that the journey isn’t easy. It’s been difficult and lonely. Not just for herself, but her family as well. But they have deepened their relationship and learned “to be proud of who we are, no matter the cost.”

 


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