Glee message is amazing
Glee star Lea Michele says the hit show urges kids to stay true to themselves, writes Colin Vickery
LEA Michele reckons she is boring. The Glee star is so committed to her role as Rachel Berry on the hit Channel 10 show that it leaves little time for anything else.
The 24-year-old often works 12 to 14-hour days on the set of Glee — and then there are dance routines and scripts to learn, plus recording the seemingly endless soundtrack CDs.
Add cast appearances— the cast recently flew to England for The X Factor, have been on Oprah and met US President Barack Obama — and you have one very busy lady.
‘‘ If you knew me, you’d be bored,’’ Michele laughs as we chat on the Glee set at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
‘‘ I just live a really quiet life. I spend as much time as I can with my family. I think that’s incredibly important.’’
Michele, whose real name is Lea Michele Sarfati, is an only child. Her mother Edith is a nurse and father Marc owns a delicatessen. Michele calls her parents her ‘‘ best friends’’.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed some of the Glee cast would be graduated at the end of the 2012 season, but he’d be a brave man to get rid of Michele.
Michele was voted one of 2010’s most influential people by Time magazine. Clearly something about her character resonates with US TV viewers.
‘‘ Our show carries such an amazing message,’’ she says.
‘‘ Here you have a character (Rachel) who has been raised by two openly gay men and she doesn’t look like the rest of her classmates.
‘‘ Rachel stays true to who she is and is proud of that.
‘‘ That is such an incredible message to tell young girls and all kids out there: stay true to who you are and where you come from and don’t let anybody change you.’’
Michele has been acting since she was eight.
In 1995 she played Young Cosette in the New York production of Les Miserables. Then came feature roles in Broadway shows Ragtime, Fiddler On The Roof and Spring Awakening. Michele hit a new level of fame playing Berry on Glee, with Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
‘‘ I’ve always had a Rachellike drive in me from a young age,’’ Michele says. ‘‘ I’ve been working since I was eight years old. That has definitely been a really good preparation for me for this (the fame of Glee).
‘‘ I am still me. I love performing, playing this role (Rachel Berry) and being on this television show ( Glee).’’ Glee, Channel 10, Monday, 7.30pm