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Own Lea Michele’s Custom-made Red Escada Dress Worn to the 2011 MET Ball. Lea’s red silk faille gown features a siren fit with inset godet to enhance the dramatic silhouette. The gown is detailed with rough finished seams and intricate top stitching.
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Lea Michele: The Diva Next Door
She is a Woman of the Year because: “In an industry where girls are expected to look and act a certain way, she isn’t afraid to be her own person. She inspires me.”
—Glee costar Jonathan Groff
“I would be happy to be a high school student forever,” says Lea Michele, 25. That’s no surprise. As absurdly driven teen prima donna Rachel Berry on Glee, Michele has used her killer voice and acting chops to help turn the show into a juggernaut: 2011 brought a sold-out cast tour, best-selling DVDs and the distinction of smashing the record held by the Beatles for most songs on Billboard’s Top 100 at once. Plus, she’s taught millions of teen girls to sing and be themselves. “Rachel doesn’t look like everyone else,” says Michele, “but her confidence takes her past that; she overcomes, you know?” The 5’2” sensation started building that awesome self-assurance at age eight, when she appeared in Les Misérables. Glee cocreator Ryan Murphy has said he wrote the Berry role specifically for Michele after seeing her electric performance in Broadway’s Spring Awakening, when he was struck by her “mix of Barbra Streisand and Patti LuPone. Her talent is once in a lifetime.” Like her hero, Babs, Michele makes no apologies for her aspirations. “Women in powerful positions get labeled with the D word, but you have to use your diva-ness for good as a way to show your strengths,” she says. That means she’ll soon be on the big screen in New Year’s Eve and in the animated Dorothy of Oz (as Dorothy…of course!). And while Michele doesn’t know just what will happen when Rachel Berry graduates from McKinley High, she sees great things ahead. “I have this fire in me,” she says, “and it’s only getting stronger.”
Lea attended the Mohegan Sun 15th Anniversary last Saturday and did some red carpet interviews. See them below:
Lea Michele Says Ashton Kutcher’s A ‘Great Kisser!’
Lea, 25, said it was great to kiss Ashton, 33, while filming the upcoming New Year’s Eve, she told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“He’s a great kisser and has no fear,” she said. “He just went right in and kissed me and I was like, ‘Okay Ashton — go right ahead!’”
When asked to compare her onscreen loves, Lea simply admitted she was fortunate to have such handsome costars!
“How lucky am I, right?” she said. “Ashton Kutcher, Cory Monteith — I feel like one lucky girl!”
Lea Michele Talks Breakup & Seeing Ashton Kutcher Naked?!
Glee gal Lea Michele recently split with her longtime beau Theo Stockman, but just like her chipper character Rachel Berry, she’s looking on the bright side of the breakup.
“I’m having a great time!” the single starlet told me last night at Mohegan Sun’s 15-year anniversary soiree. “I feel like they say ‘You lose a boyfriend and you gain a best friend’ and that’s really my situation exactly.”
Lea was on hand with her girlfriends to see Jennifer Lopez perform at the Connecticut casino to fete their big anniversary.
She also opened up about getting to kiss another guy recently…Ashton Kutcher!
Lea locked lips with him while filming New Year’s Eve and told us that she got to see more than she expected of Ashton.
“He really takes everything so seriously, but then he would also make me laugh so hard and play pranks on me,” she explained. “One day, I opened up a door and he was supposed to be there fully clothed and he wasn’t. That was awesome.”
Lea Michele Thinks Charice Will Return To ‘Glee’ This Season!
“I’m thrilled to announce our 15th Annual Movie Benefit will be on Thursday, December 8, featuring a very special advance screening of Warner Brothers Pictures’ New Year’s Eve, an ensemble-cast romantic comedy which, according to EW.com, has “more A-listers than the drive-through at In-N-Out after the Oscars.”
…The festivities take place in Cleveland Park and begin with a buffet reception at Spices Restaurant at 5:30 pm, before going across the street to the Uptown Theater for the very special advance screening of the film at 7:30 pm.”
Lea is up for a Capricho award, and so is Glee. It’s an annual event that honors both Brazilian and international musicians, actors, and actresses. Lea is nominated in the ‘Melhor Atriz Internacional’ category and Glee is nominated under ‘Melhor Seriado’, and you can vote for her here. To vote, you simply click on the right picture and click ‘enviar votos’. You can vote as many times as you’d like!
Women’s Impact Report 2011: Power of Women
Influential over-achievers pour their efforts into causes greater than themselves:
Actress known for her vocal chops helps PETA give voice to animal rights
Who: As the star singer and leading diva of a high school glee club on Fox’s smash hit “Glee,” Lea Michele has won her share of fame and accolades, including Grammy and SAG awards. The show’s music, often with the Broadway-bred actress singing lead, has been a huge commercial success, boasting more than 21 million digital single sales and numerous live tours. Michele has upcoming roles in 2011′s “New Year’s Eve,” helmed by Garry Marshall and co-starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel and Ashton Kutcher; and in 2012′s “Dorothy of Oz,” an animated musical in which Michele lends her voice to the title character.
What: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an animal rights organization active since 1980. Boasting 300 employees and 2 million members and supporters, it is the most conspicuous animal rights activist group in the world. PETA believes that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, abuse or exploit.” PETA focuses its attention on four main areas — factory farms, the clothing trade, laboratories, and the entertainment industry — though the organization also works on other issues, including cruelty to domesticated animals.
Why: “For me to be able to fight and speak up and protect animals who can’t speak for themselves feels really empowering,” Michele says. She says she got involved with PETA in 2006 after seeing a presentation on a Janice Dickinson reality show. “They showed a video, which was very disturbing, but it opened up my eyes. Afterward the spokesperson said if you could just take one moment and go look online, and I immediately turned off the television and went onto peta.com.” Michele left a note in the comment box saying she was a Broadway actress and wanted to help, and she got a reply by email the next day. “I’ve been working with them ever since,” she says.
What’s next: Michele is still focusing on her recent campaign against horse-drawn carriage rides in New York City. In PSAs that first aired earlier this year, Michele makes an impassioned plea to tourists and New Yorkers alike to boycott horse-drawn carriage rides in and outside of Central Park. “The proper care for these horses would at least be the first step,” Michele says, “but my dream would be that they would completely be gone.” She adds, “I’m constantly brainstorming (with PETA) about what we can do. I’m so thankful that being in this business and this industry gives you a little power to inform people on these issues.”
Lea Michele tells THR that she has a “fabulous duet” with Idina Menzel ahead.
As Season 3 of Glee gets under way Tuesday, the kids at McKinley High have a lot on their plate.
For some, it’s senior year and life after graduation is already all mapped out (we’re looking at you, Rachel and Kurt). While for others, things are a little less clear (Finn).
While Finn, Kurt and Blaine will be going head-to-head as they battle for the lead in the school musical, The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop on what’s next for some of McKinley’s best and brightest at Fox’s recent fall preview party.
Kate Middleton appears to be dressed to perfection every time we see her: She even looks great in jeans and rubber boots or strolling matchy-matchy with her man.
But editor, uberstylist and Fashion Week fixture Mary Alice Stephenson tells us that the duchess could actually use a bit of help—and she even tells us there’s a certain actress she’d like to see come to the rescue.
So who can save the future queen?
None other than Glee’s Lea Michele!
Stephenson says Kate could take a tip from the way Michele manages to strike a balance between looking both youthful and elegant at the same time.
“I have to say, I was talking to Lea in the front row at Alexander Wang and I like that shes not about showing it all off,” she told E! News. “I love that she’s a little more demure in a time when everyone is taking their clothes off. She’s wearing beautiful, feminine, chic clothes and it’s like Kate Middleton can take a nod from Lea, because I think Kate Middleton has so many eyes upon her and sometimes I think she’s a little too adult. And I know the pressures and Lea kind of does that perfect elegance but still stays young.”
Stephenson said it was the way Lea wore her Alexander Wang dress that she bought off the rack that caught her attention.
“She was wearing an Alexander Wang dress that she actually saw in the store here for Fashion’s Night Out so she threw it on,” she told us. “She was sitting front row and she looked gorgeous. I think that she’s kind of like that; she still is such a lady for such a young girl and I love that.”
Other than Prince William’s lady, who else does she think could use a little help in the fashion department?
“Besides Snooki? I want to single-handedly go in and make over the entire Jersey Shore,” she laughed. “Can we do that?”