Don’t Rain On Her Pa­rade

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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

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