Lea Michele On Her Diva-Tude

Why was Lea Michele once told she was too ugly for show business?

Lea Michele: too ugly for fame

Lea Michelle knows she's famous. That's the vibe the Harper's Bazaar reporter got when he met with the big-voiced Glee star at a Le Pain Quotidien in Manhattan's West Village.

"[S]he's addicted to her PQ, as she calls it — she is wearing a pair of standard-issue Hollywood-star sunglasses, and she slips into a quiet corner table, looking around to be sure she hasn't been recognized," writer Marshall Heyman wrote.

"She seems conscious that 1) she's famous and 2) she's gotten the occasional bad rap for some supposed prima-donna-like behavior."

Is the diva reputation deserved or not? That probably depends on whom you ask. There's one thing no one can argue about, though: Michele knows how to work hard.

"I don't stop," Lea Michele said of her work ethic. "It's my nature. People have to tell me to slow down. I plan on playing every role on Broadway. I want to do Evita. I want to do Sweeney Todd with [Glee costar] Chris Colfer. We want to do Wicked. I'll be Elphaba and he wants to play 'Guy-linda.' I want to do movies, make music. Glee is only the beginning."

She plans to start accomplishing all of that once she graduates from McKinley High School this season on the hit Fox show. It seems like a big jump for the girl who was told that she'd never make it in the business because of her looks.

"I'm five foot three. I don't look like a lot of other people, you know what I mean? I look like I'm 12," Michele said in the interview for the magazine's September issue. "How many managers told me, 'Get a nose job. You're not pretty enough,' But I proved them wrong."

And that she did.

"People have to remember this is all new for us. We're all reasonably young, except for Cory [Monteith], who's old. I've learned some lessons," she added. "But people are going to say what they want to say. I know who I am, and I'm not perfect."

Image: Harper's Bazaar

Do you think Lea Michele is a diva, or just misunderstood?

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Comments on "Lea Michele: Not pretty enough for fame?"

Molly August 17, 2011 | 2:08 PM

Lea's pretty... but she is a diva. Half the cast hates her, they just don't want to get on her bad side so they suck up to her. The reason she doesn't get enough roles is probably because she has a reputation of being difficult to work with.

HollywoodAin'tForReal August 09, 2011 | 11:58 AM

I don't think she's misunderstood at all. I get the vibe from her everytime I see her in an interview that she's quite stuck on herself and knows she's famous. I think she's caught up in the material world of fame and I think she literally 'sold her soul' for fame so right now she's the most important person in her world. But when she finally does tally up the ACTUAL COST she will be sorry and do a 180. Praying for her

Steve August 04, 2011 | 3:19 PM

Lea is plenty pretty enough for fame. Her feature in question, (her nose) combined with the total package, gives her an unconventional beauty that is obviously very appealing. How many magazine covers has she already graced? Her energy and of course her voice complement her appearance, she is the total package.

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