Michele at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2015
|Born||Lea Michele Sarfati
August 29, 1986 
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||Tenafly High School|
I don't stop. 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 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.
It's just really important I think for fashion to be affordable, because everyone should have the opportunity to wear cute things and be happy and comfortable in what they are wearing. That's definitely how I like to shop and how I like to think about clothes and fashion.
I worked consistently on Broadway from when I was 8 years old through 'Spring Awakening,' which I left in 2008.
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.
I'm Italian and Spanish and Jewish. I'm 100 different things meshed into one. I think that shows girls that uniqueness is beautiful. They can look at me on a magazine cover and see me in a movie and say that they have someone they can relate to.
If you think that there are actually covers that we haven't done on 'Glee' that I could then put on an album… We've done everything! Pretty soon we're just going to have to start doing opera and stuff on the show.
I just moved into a new house, so I love spending time at home. Everything for me is all about self-care because I really feel that if I'm at my best, than I'm able to come to my job and really be feeling the best, so if I'm not working out or going on a hike, than I'm at home recharging and cooking dinner and hanging out with my cat.
I make a vegan baked ziti. And even though that doesn't sound enjoyable, it really is.
I really felt like I finally made it. Having your first fake pregnancy rumor. It was really awesome. I feel like it's part of what happens in this business, but that's a real one. That's a cool one to get.
I would tell 17-year-olds to be proud of who you are. Don't try to change yourself for others. Focus on school and your future. Boys and friends will come and go, just focus on you and your future.
I love to cook so much. I like to cook everything. I really like to eat my food.
I am an unconventional beauty. I grew up in a high school where if you didn't have a nose job and money and if you weren't thin, you weren't cool, popular, beautiful. I was always told that I wasn't pretty enough to be on television.
When I wasn't working on Broadway, I worked in a Bat Mitzvah dress shop and was the Cinderella of the shop – always cleaning and vacuuming!
Well, everything with being vegan and vegetarian is a really big commitment. You have to do what you feel is best and what you believe in and what your body is telling you that it needs. I really think everyone should do what's best for them, and what's best for me may not be best for someone else.
But my main thing that I would love to see as a fan of 'Glee,' like I said, is to really get into the character and who they are and what they do outside of school. I think that that's interesting. And then of course the themed stuff and the album episodes are all really cool too.
I didn't know I could sing until I auditioned for 'Les Miserables.' My friend was auditioning, and I wanted to audition too.
When it comes to 'Glee,' I feel like I've been in a relationship, and now I can mingle a bit.
Britney Spears is definitely my favorite past Candie's girl; her campaigns were gorgeous.
I always sing Adele in the shower. But everyone should know you never sing an Adele song in public because no one's better than Adele.
Sarfati. That's my real last name. I don't use it a lot because I got 'Lea So-fatty,' 'Lea So-farty' at school.
I have been involved with 'Spring Awakening' for six years. I am 20 now – I just turned 20 in August – and I originally auditioned when I was 14 years old. I auditioned for Michael Mayer, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.
I was a vegan for two years, and I really enjoyed it. Then, I got to a point in my life at which I wanted to do something else, so now I'm a vegetarian. You should make your diet one that best fits you and how you feel. Listen to your body. The most important thing is to exercise, drink lots of water, and take really good care of yourself.
One of my favorite things about 'Spring Awakening' is that it is enjoyable and important for both kids and adults to see.
Working out for me is something I do when I feel like it. But it's really about feeling good and taking care of my body rather than having to fit into any sort of model or anything like that. I try to eat well, and everything I do is really just to make me feel my best so that I can come to my job or my personal life and just feel really good.
Listen, if you were with me on a plane? I'm embarrassed for the people who sit next to me. I have such a regimen! I, like, pound on the face cream because your face will dry out, I get the stuff you put in your nose so no nose germs come in, I take elderberry for immunity, I wear a scarf.
I don't go out to clubs. You'll never see me on a table at a bar, jumping up and down.
I'm overjoyed and beyond honored to be a part of the L'Oreal Paris family. I'm such a fan of L'Oreal Paris not just for all of their amazing products, but for what they stand for.
I was never pretty enough to be the pretty girl and I was never quirky enough to be the quirky girl. Boys didn't look at me in high school and think I was the pretty girl.
I've always been such a fan of Habitat for Humanity and the work that they do.
I am a very outspoken person, and if something makes me uncomfortable, you will know that it makes me uncomfortable, but that's as far as it goes.
I would love Kate Middleton to be in 'Glee.' Wouldn't that be fantastic? That would be great.
I do have 14 tattoos, but I also do come home every single night and watch reality TV with my cat.
I consider myself lucky to be an only child because if I had other siblings, my mother would not have been able to take me to every audition and be so supportive of my career.
When I was on Broadway, my most recent Broadway show was 'Spring Awakening,' and every night I did a topless scene.
My idea of heaven used to be relaxing at home with a cheese plate and champagne.
I've known since day one of working on 'Spring Awakening' – back in 1999 – that it was special.
Growing up on stage, I was introduced to makeup at a young age and I will never forget the first time I tried on a L'Oreal Paris iconic lipstick – it was instant glamour and I've been hooked ever since.
Growing up in New York has influenced my style so much, and I have an amazing relationship with my stylist, Estee Stanley. We have so much fun with the whole process. She picks out dresses, I try things on and play dress up, and we get creative to see what works.
I can't believe it's been four years now, and from watching that pilot, we really all looked like babies. It's unbelievable just how far everything has come. I'm happier now than I've ever been on the show and in my life. I really owe so much of my happiness to 'Glee.'
I was in choir in school. I kind of just did it. I already knew I wanted to sing. My music program in my school wasn't really great – people didn't really want to be part of the choir, they didn't want to do the plays and stuff like that. It definitely wasn't the cool thing to do.
I love being healthy. I get a lot of sleep. I'm a girl who eats. And I feel beautiful no matter how I look. I have my family to thank for that.
Trust me, sunscreen is so, so, so important and so I always wear sunscreen, but I still get really tan.
I love myself, the way I look, my body, but sometimes I can't help but feel insecure.
I have loved 'Les Miz' for so long. It was the first Broadway show I'd ever done.
How many managers told me, 'Get a nose job. You're not pretty enough?' But I proved them wrong.
When I was a little kid, my mother and I used to watch the 'Golden Globes' and I would dress up and she would get sparkling apple cider and we would make a tray of hors d'oeuvres and watch it together. And I would get up and make a pretend speech.
I'm honored to be in a position to have young girls or performers look up to me.
Every now and then, I have blissful moments of thanking God for all the amazing things that are happening. When I leave the White House after just meeting Obama or when I see my face on the cover of 'Rolling Stone' or when I meet someone who tells me that their daughter is inspired by me, those are moments that are incredibly joyful.
I worried that people wouldn't like me. Now I try not to worry and focus on being happy.
I remember watching Barbra Streisand and seeing Jennifer Grey in 'Dirty Dancing' – these were people who acted like me and looked like me. Now it's great that everyone on 'Glee' is so unique and people can relate to us and look up to us.
I'm simple. I love hiking, going to the gym, doing some simple stuff. I love being outdoors, I love bike riding. Just stuff that's fun!
I always knew that I wanted to work and I knew I wanted to be a singer and an actor. I knew that every choice I made would help me get to that point. So the better the choices I made, the more of a chance I would have to get to where I wanted to be.
I need some me-time. I have to remember to rest, because I have a natural energy and I don't want to burn out.
I've always been proud of my body, my Jewish nose and all of that. Hollywood's Hollywood, but that's not going to change.