Lea Michele

BATD ON Feb 23, 2010 AT 6:00 pm

Lea Michele

Inspiring Glee Club kids everywhere is Rachel Berry, played by the beautiful Lea Michele. However, unlike many of her co-stars, Michele is basically playing herself on camera. A determined young lady with a mean set of pipes, Michele’s character isn’t too much of a stretch.

Like our favourite Glee lady, Michele began singing at a young age. Michele, whose full name is Lea Michele Sarfati, was in choir in high school, but also tried other things out as well. At the end of the day, however, she knew acting was for her. She began working on Broadway at the age of eight, winning a replacement role in Les Miserables. This began an extensive career in showbiz, as she went on to be in other productions such as Fiddler on the Roof and Spring Awakening, where she originated the role of Wendla. This show was a huge part of Michele’s career, winning her a Drama Desk Award.

Rachel Berry from Glee

When she left Spring Awakening, she moved to LA for a performance, and decided to audition for a few roles while she was there. Winning the part of Rachel in her second audition, she decided to make the move from New York permanent. While she loves being on the show, she admits that the change from the dark intensity of Spring Awakening to the light musicality of Glee is tough. Regardless, we aren’t the only ones who love her; she won a Satellite award for her role as Rachel. Not bad for someone who can’t read music, right?

Now, besides filming the second half of the first season of Glee, and rooming with cast mate Dianna Agron, she is also in talks to provide her voice to Dorothy in the upcoming CGI film Dorothy of Oz.

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