Now that Miss Triple Threat Lea Michele has kicked off her movie career with a box-office champ, how much longer will we be seeing her on “Glee”? After all, her character Rachel is a senior at McKinley High, and there’s no way she’ll be held back from pursuing her dreams to become a superstar, right?
When MTV News caught up with Lea recently, we asked her what she knows about the future of Ryan Murphy’s showstopper and what rumblings she’s heard about getting her own spin-off or shooting the show in New York.
Romantic comedy’s A-list cast includes Hilary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lea Michele and Zac Efron.In October, the Environmental Media Association honored “New Year’s Eve” with its Green Seal for its efforts to recycle and compost waste, donate used food and materials, and eliminate plastic water bottles on set. A sustainability coordinator was hired to liaise between Warner Bros., the producers and crew to implement green practices, and a weekly ‘green award’ was given to the crewmember that exhibited the most eco-awareness.
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.