Lea Michele Says She’s Definitely No Diva

Lea Michele is gracing the cover of Marie Claire’s January issue, and in case you can’t tell by that fierce face she’s making, she means business; just look at the cover line next to her, promising a no-holds-barred discussion of CATFIGHTS, HOOKUPS AND HER DIVA RAP! And that’s only the tip of the iceberg in this interview with Lea, where she not only defends herself against nefarious rumors of diva-dom and opens up about her relationship with Cory Monteith, but anthropomorphizes her body parts into the bargain.

For starters: that diva reputation—which goes hand in hand with a much-gossiped-about conflict between Lea and guest star Kate Hudson on the “Glee” set—is a bunch of baloney, the star says.

“I am a very outspoken person, and if something makes me uncomfortable, you will know that it makes be uncomfortable, but that’s as far as it goes,” she explained. “It’s super-frustrating sometimes, and I used to fight back, but now I feel like, You can think what you want to think about me—that’s OK. I have the most amazing fans, friends, and family members who have stood by me, and I know that my cast and crew really enjoy working with me. That’s all that matters.”

And as for Kate Hudson, Lea says that a phone call from the actress when the rumors of a catfight hit the tabloids was greatly appreciated, if totally unnecessary: “It was so classy of her to take a minute to [address the rumor], even though we both knew it was the biggest piece of crap in the whole world.”

And Lea has better things to do than dwell on crap, for sure—especially when her look has just undergone one of the more buzzed-about evolutions in Hollywood, as she trades her cautious fashion aesthetic for a much sexier style. What prompted the change? Lea says she’s doing it upon request…from her boobs.

“They are my prizewinners,” she joked. “For a while they were out and about, showing off on Broadway every night, then they came to L.A. and were like, ‘No one else looks like me here!’ They were nervous to make their appearance but feel they’ve earned their place. So they asked if they could come out, and I was like, ‘All right, you guys.’ They definitely rose to the occasion, so I’m going to continue to give them more opportunities.”

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