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Current Projects

Glee (2009-2015)
Type: Television Show
Starring: Lea Michele as Rachel Berry
Status: Completed

Dorothy of Oz (2012)
Type: Animation Movie
Starring: Lea Michele as Dorothy (voice)
Status: Post-production
Release: Unknown


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May 14th

2015 Fox Network Upfront

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Mar 24th

Lea Michele looks back on Glee

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One of the constants throughout Glee’s six years has been star Lea Michele, who plays the ambitious Rachel Berry. Michele, who’s currently in New Orleans shooting Fox’s Scream Queens—from Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan—looked back with EW on the impact of Glee and what it’s meant to her life and career.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you remember your audition?
LEA MICHELE: Of course. It might have been six years ago, but it wasn’t 100 years ago. You can’t forget the thing that was the start, and the moments that began the most important thing of my life so far. I had a very memorable audition—as everyone knows I got into a car accident heading to Fox to meet with the network. I was reading [the script] for the first time, thinking about how amazing it was and how funny and smart and touching. We were all reminiscing last week, during the last week of the show, of what the first week of rehearsals was like. It was just me, Kevin [McHale], Jenna [Ushkowitz], and Amber [Riley] before other people came. There’s so many memories. It’s pretty unbelievable. It was honestly such an incredible journey.

What are your memories of shooting that pilot?
I remember my first day. I remember feeling really nervous. I’d never done television before. I know that on my first day, Ryan [Murphy] said that it came really naturally for me, so that gave me the confidence to shoot the rest of the pilot and all of that. I remember shooting “Don’t Stop” with all of the kids. It was sort of the first time that we really connected as a group, and we all were fooling around so much. We were like, misbehaving. We were all hysterical laughing, kind of messing around, and then Ryan came up to us and he was like, “Matt Morrison has to cry in this scene and you guys are misbehaving.” It was the first scolding that we got, but it was also the most amazing moment, because everyone knew it—Ryan knew it, we all knew it, Matt knew it—that we were like best friends. That relationship that we created amongst that original group, and then continued on to everyone else who came after, is what made the show great. We all were really friends. We all ready had emotional investments with everyone.

Did getting slushied get any easier?
I had to have it done I think three times in this season, in our final season. It definitely doesn’t get better. You become less afraid leading up to it. I remember the anticipation the first and second time. That got a little bit better, but I definitely don’t think anyone should—it’s like being bitchslapped by an iceberg.

Are you off slushies for the rest of your life?
You know me—do you think I eat anything like that?

When did you know that first season that the show was a phenomenon?
I’m pretty sure everyone else will say the same thing. We had two moments early on. I think it was when we were in New York for our upfront, and I don’t even think the show had aired yet. We flew to New York for the upfront, and that night was the American Idol season finale as well as the Glee pilot premiere, because they were airing the pilot right after American Idol. So we were all in New York, and then we all flew home for Idol, then all drove back to me and Dianna’s house and watched the pilot together. The first moment was in New York for upfronts: We were all at Ruby Foo’s having dinner and TMZ was outside. We were like, “Why is paparazzi outside for us?” And we all linked arms and literally did a conga line outside of Ruby Foo’s.

The other big major time was when we went to Australia in September 2009. The show had only had one episode air, and we were doing a mall tour. We went to Australia, and I think something like 3,000 kids showed up for us—on the other side of the world, for a show that hadn’t even aired yet. There were just moments at the beginning. And then obviously, later on, we were singing the national anthem at the World Series, and then Oprah, and then Obama. After a while, it became very clear that this was something super special. At the beginning, there were like these little moments that we were sort of like, “That’s strange. What’s that mean?”

What’s the Gleek encounter that’s burned into your memory the most?
There’s definitely a lot of the tattoo situations. I think we’ve all had fans want to tattoo our names. We tried to persuade them not to do that. But look, to pick one thing is really difficult, because like I said we’ve really been blessed to have the most incredible following. I know that it was just the extreme devotion of our fans that made the show as successful as it was. I think that I have really great encounters with people who have said how much seeing Rachel on the show being raised by two men meant to them. I know that Chris Colfer has had a lot of people who were really saved by Kurt.

Do you have one favorite number?
That’s so hard. I don’t think anyone can really stop and pick their one favorite thing. I think that “Somebody to Love” was really great. Obviously the original “Don’t Stop” was really, really great. I loved “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” My favorite episode is the end of season 2, when we all go to New York. I loved that. The numbers in that one are also some of my favorites, like singing “For Good” with Chris at the Gershwin Theater was one of my favorites.

Is there one song you never got to do that you sort of regret not being able to do?
No. Honestly, I was so thankful that even at the end, when they were like, “What do you want your last song to be?” it was hard to figure it out because they were so, so, so great in helping me to have the freedom to pick things that I wanted to do. I’ve gotten to sing every Celine that I’ve wanted to, every Barbra. I’m personally very satisfied.

Which was the most difficult number to do?
I think shooting into the night doing “Thriller”—I’m not a night person, so that was hard for me. “Jump” was really hard because we were so hot. It was like 100 degrees in this mattress store in the valley. Even the swimming pool number, that was fun. We always had some sort of challenge in the moment. But the fact that I’m not sitting here being like, “That horrible number!” …I think that’s a good sign. We’ve always had interesting things to work up against, like the mattresses or late at night or choreography. I would say that definitely “Thriller,” for me—it was super fun, but we were shooting that at like 4 in the morning, 5 in the morning, and I was like “I cannot do this.”

And you had crazy makeup, too…
It was actually really funny, because I needed to have an exit plan—I planned that night to a T because I was so anxious about it. I’ve never pulled an all-nighter or anything like that. So I actually was like, “No prosthetics on my face because I wanted to be able to just leave.” So I actually wore all my regular clothes—like pajamas—underneath my costume with my own shoes. I just put the dress over. I had a wig and my hair was just in a bun underneath. And for my makeup, they just used makeup—it wasn’t any prosthetics. So literally when they said, “That’s a wrap,” I pulled my wig off, took off my dress, wiped off my makeup and I was in my car I think within five minutes. I think I called my dad on the East Coast to stay on the phone with me because it was probably like 8 or 9 his time. We were driving home from Long Beach and I was like, “Okay, what if I fall asleep?”

What was it like on set that last day?
No one can really understand what that feels like. I personally am still processing it I think it’s going to take a long time. We had a very emotional week—the whole week leading up to Saturday was a lot of “lasts.” Like, my last scene with this person, and my last solo, and my last recording session. Each thing was sad. By the time we got to Saturday, I think all of us were emotionally drained. The whole day was sort of a blur. It was sort of like we couldn’t believe it was really happening as it got closer and closer and closer to that last shot.

But at the end of the day, the last people in that room were me, Jenna, Kevin, Chris, Darren [Criss], Amber, Chord [Overstreet], Becca [Tobin], and Matt Morrison in the choir room. And those were the people—we were the kids who were always there, the originals. To have those people in that room, and then they yelled “Cut” and me and Jenna and Amber and Kevin fell into this ball together, crying. Luckily I had my best friend Jonathan [Groff] there to sort of take care of me. It was really sad.

At the end of the night, we all went to the auditorium, that group with [co-creator] Brad Falchuk—we just sat in a circle and we went around and each said something special about what the show meant. We said goodbye, and that was it. We really honored the last day and made sure everyone was very present and aware of what was going on. We really honored the entire experience in that last day. But it’ll take a long time to still figure out how it feels.

Can you qualify for what this show meant to you personally?
I mean, there’s so much to say. It’s by far the greatest experience I’ve had in my life so far. The ups and downs—it was the most incredible journey that we all got to experience and I couldn’t be more grateful. The one thing that we all said that night was that we were always just so happy to come to work. And I think that says a lot for people who spend so much time together for seven years. We genuinely loved our jobs. I think that time gets perspective. We finished a full season, which is exhausting, so I think in a couple of weeks when we realize that we’re not going back… You know, when I’m on the set of Scream Queens and I’m like, “But wait, I have to go back to Glee,” and they’ll be like “You’re not going back.”

What do you think Glee’s legacy is?
I think that not only did it bring music into people’s homes on a television show, which people hadn’t done successfully in a very long time,— think we’ve managed to be a comedy television show that made people laugh, but at the same time made such a difference in our culture and for this generation. Not only with the advancements and awareness that it brought to arts education, but to opening up conversations in homes amongst parents and their kids. As well as giving children role models of people that look like them or going through things that they were experiencing. I think that it’s very rare to have a show that can be as entertaining as it is important. And I think that’s the number one thing that made it such an honor to be a part of Glee.

Mar 19th

The Cast of Glee Reveals Their Toughest and Most Fulfilling Episodes

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Jane Lynch: “For me, they are both the same—it’s when we shot the “Vogue” video. There was some dancing in that and it was really hard. I literally did not get one of these particular steps until the last minute. We got it once and that’s all we needed. But I loved it.”

Chord Overstreet: “The school shooting one was rough. It was such a tough topic. Nothing was scripted, so we had to improv a lot. The more fun one was always the dude-heavy episodes. I loved the Duets episode. Rocky Horror was great too.” [Ed. Note: Duets was Chord’s first episode of Glee, which aired in season two. Here’s his first performance, alongside Dianna Agron].

Mark Salling: “Hardest physically was the Michael Jackson episode. I think that took a month and a half to shoot. Hardest emotionally was the Cory [Monteith] tribute episode. And the most fun was the Ricky Martin episode. He was just as charming as you would think he might be. It was a lot of fun.”

Amber Riley: “The hardest episode to shoot was that damn wheelchair episode! It kicked my butt! I think I had carpal tunnel from that episode! And the episode I most looked forward to doing was the Madonna episode. It was so big and such a feat and it was dope to see Jane Lynch do that and all those iconic looks.”

Darren Criss: “People would make fun of me for my enthusiasm, but I really just liked working on this show. I really enjoyed doing what we got to do. We weren’t in a court room or in an ER, we were in a classroom with young people singing songs. But days that were hard…there were times when I was really sick, and that was so hard. I think I did “Don’t Stop Me Now” with a 103 degree fever. It was murder. But as time passes, the great memories become louder even. You only remember the good memories.”

Lea Michele: “The hardest episode to shoot would probably be the last one because it was the last one and that was so sad. But it’s also really happy. Everyone really gets their happy ending, which is really wonderful. And the episode I was most excited about was Laryngitis, when Rachel was sick and I got to wear pajamas the entire time. Getting to wear sweats at six in the morning is the greatest thing ever!”

Mar 14th

Glee 100th Episode

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Feb 15th

Hear Lea Michele’s song for Cory Monteith, ‘You’re Mine’

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A few months ago, Glee star Lea Michele talked about a track from her upcoming album Louder that was especially close to her heart.
The song’s called “You’re Mine,” and it made her break down in tears while telling Elle, “It makes me so happy, this song. It makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think of him, I play this.”
And now you can hear the result, which she co-wrote with Sia Furler (Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Britney Spears’ “Perfume”) below:

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Jan 9th

Behind the scene’s of Lea’s first music video ‘Cannonball’

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Jan 9th

Cannonball Music Video Premier!

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Jan 6th

Louder News

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Jan 5th

Lea’s New Year’s Vacation in Mexico w/ BFF J Groff

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Dec 15th

Pre-Order Louder (Deluxe Version)

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Pre-Order Lea’s debut album Louder (Deluxe Version) on iTunes, Amazon and Lea’s digital store

Dec 12th

Vote for Lea at Do Something’s Celebs Gone Good List

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Lea is up for DoSomething.Org’s Celebs Gone Good List. We want her to make the top 20 most charitable celebrities so go vote and let’s get Lea this recognition!

Dec 12th

Lea Michele Opens Up About Cory Monteith’s Death on ‘Ellen’

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Lea Michele is all smiles while making appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform her new single “Cannonball,” airing on Thursday (December 12)!

The 27-year-old actress opened up about moving forward after the tragic death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith and talked about her first solo album Louder, which comes out March 4, 2014. Watch the video below!

“Ya well Ryan Murphy, who is so amazing, he came to Kate [Hudson]‘s house and he said what do you want to do, whatever you want to do we’ll do. I said I have to go back to work. We have to do this is, they’re my family and what people also don’t understand is that going to work is no harder than being at home and being in the house and opening up a closet and seeing a pair of shoes,” Lea shared about working on Glee after Cory‘s death.

She added, “There’s this grief that goes with you everyday, whatever you’re doing. When there are great moments, [there are] hard moments so I’d rather, for me, be at work with the people who I love that are going through [it] and it obviously has it’s own triggers, but at the end of the day I feel so safe there. And like I said, they’re my family.”

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