When it comes to covering pop tunes, Lea Michele is a pro. But when it comes to driving, the "Glee" star is in need of some help. It turns out Michele, known adoringly to Gleeks as Rachel Berry, is a terrible driver — or so she said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday (May 4) during her appearance to promote the sold-out "Glee" tour.
A native of the Bronx, New York, Michele moved to Los Angeles to shoot the Fox series. (She shares a place with co-star Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn). And though she has only lived there for little more than a year, she has already had two noteworthy car accidents. In one, she admittedly fled the scene, and in the other, she nearly took out a rock star.
The first accident occurred minutes before her final audition for "Glee." Michele told Ellen that she was "turning into the Fox lot" when she "got into a terrible car crash" in the intersection. No one was injured. But to keep from being late, Michele said she "left my car in the street and ran up the lot for my audition."
Fast-forward to April 2010, and the 23-year-old starlet copped to almost hitting Jon Bon Jovi. "I was reversing on Robertson," she said of the incident, which happened last week. "I pulled into the intersection and realized I was too late to make a left turn, so I reversed. And my friend was like, 'Yeah, you almost hit Jon Bon Jovi.' " Michele, who made her professional acting debut as an 8-year-old playing Young Cosette in Broadway's "Les Misérables," giggled, embarrassed. "That would have been bad," she said.
"On that street, it's hard not to hit a celebrity," Ellen consoled her.
What did Jon Bon do when he realized how close he'd came to meeting his maker? "He smiled nicely," Michele said.
Michele has been working 14- to 16-hour shifts shooting "Glee." She recently started equally strenuous days rehearsing for the show's four-city, 13-date tour, which she said "sold out faster than Lady Gaga and Madonna."
The Glee Live! In Concert! Tour starts May 15 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix.
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