Glee’s Lea Michele is no stranger to belting it out to large crowds or planting her lips on a handsome boy or two, but in the star-studded film New Year’s Eve, Lea gets the opportunity to do both on the big screen. So we had to ask, what’s scarier — kissing a big star like Ashton, or singing in front of thousands?
“Oh my gosh, singing,” Lea replies almost immediately. “I mean who wouldn’t choose to kiss Ashton?”
Although the 25-year-old has a rich background on Broadway as well as performing countless numbers on Glee, Lea concedes to falling prey to a butterfly or two when she sings, though the phenomenon is something she mostly experiences in a one-on-one setting.
“I would choose to sing in front of a hundred thousand people over one person any day,” confesses Michele. “I get to sing all the time but there is something about having to sing in front of just one person that is incredibly nerve wracking and it’s scary. Cory Monteith, who I work with on Glee, I sing in front of him all the time and the other day I had to do a song just one-on-one directly to him and I was so nervous.”
Taylor Swift, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood are all in the running for the highly coveted role of Eponine in Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper’s big-screen version of “Les Misérables,” sources tell us. A source close to the film confirmed that the four actors have all auditioned for the role. Another said that Michele “knocked it out of the park” when the “Glee” star — who played Young Cosette in the Broadway show — recently performed for the “King’s Speech” director. But it will be a tough choice because each star has her own magic ingredient for the musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel. “Scarlett brings acting ability, and she can really sing,” said the source. “Evan Rachel Wood brings her indie cred.” And casting Swift would mark a major move over to Hollywood films for the pop star. The Working Title and Universal movie is already stocked with stars, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and Geoffrey Rush.
Watertower Music has announced a soundtrack album for Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve. The album includes a number of songs from the movie by artists, including Jon Bon Jovi, actress Lea Michele, Kate York, Goo Goo Dolls, P!nk, Katie Herzig, Charles Brown, Duncan and Sophie B. Hawkins. The soundtrack will be released on December 6, 2011. None of the original score by John Debney is included on the album, but a separate score album might be released at a later date (just as with Marshall’s previous movie Valentine’s Day). For a behind the scenes look at the composer working on the score for the film, visit YouTube. New Year’s Eve stars Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Jon Bon Jovi, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Josh Duhamel, Seth Meyers, Hector Elizondo, Abigail Breslin, Michelle Pfeiffer and Katherine Heigl. The movie will be released in theaters on December 9. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.
Here’s the album track list:
1. Can’t Turn You Loose – Jon Bon Jovi with Lea Michele
2. 2012 (It Ain’t The End) – Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj
3. New Year – Kate York
4. Life Is A Bomb – Sophie B. Hawkins
5. Have A Little Faith In Me – Jon Bon Jovi
6. Light Up The Sky – Duncan
7. Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls
8. Auld Lang Syne – Lea Michele
9. Raise Your Glass – P!nk
10. Best Day Of Your Life – Katie Herzig
11. Whattaya Say – Jacob Saylor
12. Bringing In A Brand New Year – Charles Brown
Lea Michele Looks Back:
2010 People’s Choice Awards
“I was not aware that I had to go. Thirty minutes before the red carpet, [Glee creator] Ryan [Murphy] calls me and says, ‘Lea, you have to go.’ I’m like, ‘I’m sitting on my couch eating a kale salad!’ He said, ‘It’s our first year!’ So I called my best friend, borrowed her roommate’s dress, and then some people came over and helped me with my hair and makeup, and I was on the carpet. And we won!”
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.
The proceeds for this item benefit Variety Foundation
Donated by: Lea Michele
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!