Don’t Rain On Her Parade
was nothing but professional during this difficult time. There were no meltdowns to speak of. Instead, there was just a quiet resolve to soldier on. “I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life,” Lea admitted during an interview with Elle three months after his death. “It’s very hard, and you have to be very strong to come out of this alive. But I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.” Fast forward three years later, Lea has closed that chapter in her life.
“I feel like I was given the best part of Cory, and I’m thankful for that,” she tells Glamour UK. They say that wisdom comes with age. At 29, the multi-hyphenate is more than aware of the hits and misses in her career. The highs: Brunette Ambition, a memoir/self-help book/ cookbook that debuted third on The New York Times’ bestsellers list. So obviously, she’s followed it up with her second book, You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life, which hit the shelves last September. Now the lows: her debut album Louder, which sold slightly less than half a million copies worldwide. The lead single “Cannonball ” received favourable airplay and the album made it to fourth place on the Billboard 200 chart, but the overall performance was dismal by her own standards. “The problem with the first record was that I would record a song, and then I would get it back from production and it would sound very different,” she tells Marie Claire, adding that she has a second album in the works where she’s more hands-on with the process. While it remains to be seen if her turn on Scream Queens would be a highlight in her filmography (our bet’s on yes), one thing’s for sure – there’s absolutely nothing she can’t handle. And we’re very confident about this, because in the same interview with Marie Claire, Lea drops this truthbomb: “Everybody thinks you’re a star with roses being dropped at your feet. You have to take some punches. Now I have my groove … I am much more aware. I also don’t care as much. I am very content with me.” Aaaaaaaaand mic drop. From 2009 until 2015, Lea starred in as spoiled diva Rachel Berry, the girl with two gay fathers, a big talent and even bigger dreams. Instead of carrying out the usual casting calls, Ryan Murphy spent months on Broadway, where he scouted Lea. Lea played the role of Wendla Bergmann in
and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Musical in December 2006.
During her senior year in high school, Lea played Shprintze in the Broadway revival of the musical and understudied the role of Chava. Lea’s first book, part memoir, part how-to book, titled
was released on May 20. It made its debut on The
list, placing at number three.
Her portrayal of Rachel earned Lea her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy, and her Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Casted as one of the original Broadway cast of as Tateh’s daughter, the Little Girl. Lea had been portraying the part of the Little Girl for a year in the original Toronto cast before production was transferred to Broadway.
Lea was casted for a leading role in the horror-comedy television series starring opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts.
On December 10, Lea released her first single titled “Cannonball” from her debut album Two days later, she performed it live for the first time on