She's been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe, and is one of the hottest young starlets in Hollywood right now, so it's no surprise that Glamour magazine chose to put "Glee" star Lea Michele on their October cover. "Little Miss Big-Time," they call her, and the name could not be more fitting.
Discovering her singing voice was a result of a random audition Lea went on for Les Mis at age eight. "I didn’t know I could sing until I auditioned for Les Misérables," she told Glamour. "My friend was auditioning, and I wanted to audition too. My mother was like, 'You can’t sing.' I’d never tried!"
But her parents' support of her career path has been what's kept Lea focused on her big-time goals. The self-professed non-party girl (she'd prefer to have you over to her place and stay up all night talking) said her family is very proud of her success and "still in shock."
"It’s everything that we kind of dreamed of," she said.
As for the men in her life, Lea makes it very clear that, while her character Rachel has a crush on Cory Monteith's Finn on-screen, there's nothing going on between them off-screen. She said that he is "like my brother," and that the rest of the cast is her family. Fellow "Glee" star Amber Riley was the only person Lea said she expected to butt heads with, considering both of their large personalities, but Lea explained that the exact opposite happened. Now she is Lea's "Mama Amber."
Considering neither Lea's family nor her boyfriend, Broadway star Theo Stockman, are on the West Coast, Lea said she would have been lost without her castmates. But the fact that Theo is in New York while she is in Los Angeles never stopped Lea from wanting to be with him. "I'm a relationship girl. I would rather be long-distance with him than not have a relationship at all," she explained.
Glamour asked Lea what the best fan experience she ever had was, and the response was something we couldn't resist sharing. "A mom came up to me and told me her daughter had been asked by some little girls at school, 'Are your mommies lesbians?' And the little girl was like, 'Yeah'," Lea said. "And the little girl went home and told her mom, who said, 'How did you get the confidence to [say] that?' And the little girl responded, “Mom, I’m like Rachel Berry!' That was really, really cool."
Are you glad that Lea isn't a typical Hollywood party girl? Is she someone you are happy to see achieve success from "Glee"?