Actress Chyler Leigh, known for her roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Supergirl, recently came out as a lesbian in a moving essay about her sexuality. Leigh said that her role in the Supergirl series, helped her come to terms with her sexuality.

Leigh plays Kara Danvers’s sister, Alex, in Supergirl who realizes she is a lesbian in season two of the show. Alex’s coming out scene has been praised for being one of the best and most authentic coming out stories.

On the Creating Change website, an LGBT+ organization that Leigh co-founded, the actress revealed how her role as Alex helped her own journey with her sexuality. She said, “What I didn’t realise 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 heart felt 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 personal dialogue, the heart behind it surely did. From the director, the press, the media, the cast, and the fans, I’m still told that it was the most realistic coming out scene they’d ever witnessed.”

Leigh continued, “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 two, episode six if you wanna see for yourself.”

Though the actress has received negative backlash after coming out, she has also been met with much acceptance. “It’s been a long and lonely road for both my husband and myself but I can whole-heartedly say that after all these years, he and I are still discovering the depths of ourselves and each other, but throughout our journey we’ve learned to be proud of who we are, no matter the cost,” she said.

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