Listen the audio for the Q&A Lea did with fans today in Connecticut:
Brunette Ambition by Lea Michelle
What it’s about: Your fave Glee star Lea Michelle spills her beauty, confidence, and career secrets in her new book Brunette Ambition (out May 20).
Why you’ll love it: While most celebs love to say how lucky they are to be living their dreams, Lea tells you exactly how she went from dreaming of a big life to living it, so you can, too! And she’s not one of those celebs who pretends she wakes up looking that gorge. The Glee star reveals all the insider secrets and pro tricks she’s learned over the years, from acing the perfect smoky eye to the DIY hair mask recipe that keeps her hair so shiny finding and finding the confidence to go after what you
Q) Besides Jane, who has been your favorite cast member to work with and why?
A) I really like working with Lea Michele because she is so nice and she is such a good singer. I also like that she never gives up and she faced her fears, even when her heart was broken.
I was the kind of kid who watched The Wizard of Oz every Easter when it was on TV. (Remember when you had to wait for something to be on?). I had a Toto doll, anklets and ruby slippers and wore my hair in two braids even when it was not Halloween. Dorothy is the middle name of one of my daughters.
When I watched the movie recently with my girls, however, a strange thing happened. I still loved it. But Dorothy’s sweet naïveté came off as more clueless than I remembered. Yes, she killed the witch but entirely by accident my daughter noted. And why was she talking in that baby voice?
I’m not saying it’s true, but perhaps that thought occurred to the folks behind Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, the new animated film staring Lea Michele that comes out May 9th. She plays our familiar ruby-slippered heroine but with much more of a girl power vibe.
Lea’s Dorothy is confidant, self-assured, and, in a fitting turning of the tables, the film begins with her three old friends calling on her for help.
“She obviously has such a heart and such a kindness, but also a competence to her,” says Lea, “She’s very tough and she has a really great spunk.”
Playing Dorothy – if only via voice – was a dream job for the actress. Lea also grew up worshiping the original film as well as Judy Garland who she says heavily influenced her as a performer. “On Glee my character is playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. So I’ve had to live up to Barbara Streisand and now I’m doing a movie where I’m playing a roll that was created by Judy Garland. I’m like, “What am I thinking?!”
There’s a certain amount of pressure that comes with taking on an iconic character Lea admits. “But I think the most important thing here is opening up this story to this new generation. To make sure that this generation can really connect with her and see her as a really great little female heroine.”
Here’s more info about Lea’s book signing in New York:
Join us on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 pm to celebrate the release of Lea Michele’s book, Brunette Ambition, with special guest Jonathan Groff.
Wednesday May 21, 2014 7:00 PM
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-253-0810
Priority seating with book purchase starts at 5:00 pm. Books are located at the first floor cash registers. Event is on 4th floor. No memorabilia or posed photos, please. Please note: we do not distribute wristbands for our events.
Lea’s interview starts at 2:20
In a recent interview Kristin Chenoweth talked about Lea:
WCT: I spoke recently to Lea Michele, and she was different than I thought she would be. She seemed very sweet.
Kristin Chenoweth: She is. She’s my little nugget!
WCT: I was worried she might be a diva but she wasn’t at all.
Kristin Chenoweth: That’s because people get jealous and they talk, saying mean things about people. If I believed everything that was said about me I would be in a straight jacket in a crazy farm.
I think she is fantastic. I love that kid.
Lea talked to the media at the ‘Legends of Oz’ Premiere. Here’s two new interviews for Holliwwod.tv and E!Online:
Here’s 12 videos of Lea at the Premiere Of “Legends Of Oz: Dorthy’s Return”. Click on ‘continue reading’ to watch all the videos of Lea arriving, greeting the fans and being interviewed:
And then there were eight.
After a Sweet 16 that was really anything but sweet, we’re down to our final eight ladies in our 2014 Girl on Top tournament.
Some of the Sweet 16’s surprising ousters? Both of 2013’s finalists! Yes, Lost Girl’s Anna Silk and Zoie Palmer (last year’s winner) were knocked out of the competition, along with Glee fan favorite Naya Rivera and PLL’s Lucy Hale. Plus, tourney newbies Adelaide Kane and Megan Boone’s winning streaks came to an end.
But it’s time to move on and get to voting in the Elite 8!
PHOTOS: 2014 May Finale Spoiler-rama!
Some of the small screen’s leading ladies set to duke it out in this round include the last OUAT star standing, two Emilys (Bett Rickards and VanCamp!) and Glee’s Lea Michele. But which of the remaining ladies will make it to the Final 4? Well, that’s up to you!
This round of voting closes Sunday, May 4, at 5 p.m. PT, with the final four ladies kicking off the penultimate round of competition bright and early Monday morning.
And make sure your fandom knows to vote as much and as often as they like by spreading the wod using the #GirlonTop hashtag on Twitter.
Lea is up against Stana Katic, Castle, at Game 1. Click here to vote for Lea!
Who knew an EDM hit could make such a killer ballad? Rachel Berry, that’s who.
Lea Michele did this super cool thing leading up to the release of her debut album where she released a new song every week. And while this was indisputably awesome, we sorta got used to it and when the record finally dropped, hearing new tunes on the reg did too. Big huge enormous bummer. Fortunately, Glee exists and thanks to everyone’s favorite musical show—now in it’s fifth (!) season—we have a brand-new tune from Lea. OK, from Rachel Berry, but that’s just a technicality.
Glee’s back with another new episode tomorrow night and while we’re not going to offer up any inside intel (we’re firmly anti-spoiler over here), we got our hands on a new song straight from the episode a little early, and we’re sharing it with you now because it’s Monday and why not? (And also because Rachel Berry told us we could.)
She took Avicii’s amped-up hit “Wake Me Up” and slowed it down and turned it into a ballad, which only she could successfully do. We obviously don’t know the context of the song—it’s certainly not something she’ll sing as the leading lady of “Funny Girl,” which is what she’s currently up to—but we’re guessing it’s something more dramz. This is Rachel Berry we’re talking about.
Give it a listen, then tune in tomorrow night.
These ladies aren’t messing around.
Girl on Top 2014 is proving to be one of our most competitive tournaments ever, with four of round two’s head-to-head battles being decided by less than one percent, resulting in the ousting of fan faves such as Candice Accola and Julianna Margulies.
Alas, the show must go on!
Today, we’re kicking off the Sweet 16 of Girl on Top and we’re asking you to make eight difficult choices to find the small screen’s ultimate leading lady…
Some of the lucky ladies advancing to the Sweet 16? Two Lost Girl stars (who also happened to face off in the finals of last year’s tourney!), as well as two of Glee’s gorgeous gals and two OUAT ladies. Plus, a few tourney newbies are still duking it out, including The Blacklist’s Megan Boone and Reign’s Adelaide Kane.
This round of voting closes on Thursday, April 30, at 5 p.m. PT, with the Elite 8 set to begin Thursday morning.
And remember to spread the word on Twitter using the #GirlonTop hashtag to make sure your fandom knows to vote as much and as often as they’d like to make sure their favorite leading lady advances to the next round.
Lea is up against Adelaide Kane – Reign, at Game 1.2. Click here to vote for Lea!
Have plans this weekend? Cancel ’em because you’ve got a hot date with 32 ladies!
Girl on Top launches its second round of competition today after eliminating 32 of the small screen’s starlets in round one, including fan favorites from Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries and a few of TV’s reigning comedy queens. (We still love you, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling!)
Now, the time has come to find out which of the 32 remaining ladies will move on to the Sweet 16 round of our 2014 competition…
Some of the ladies who made it to round two include two Vampire Diaries stars, as well as two of Grey’s Anatomy’s leading ladies and all three Once Upon a Time stars in the competition. Plus, perennial fan faves Stana Katic, Emily Deschanel and Julianna Margulies all advanced, along with last year’s final two from Lost Girl.
And now for the details: This round of voting closes on Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. PT, with the Sweet 16 kicking off on Monday morning. You can vote as many times and as often as you like, so feel free to ignore your family and friends all weekend. Plus, use the #GirlonTop hashtag on Twitter to spread the word to your fellow fans!
Lea is up against Claire Danes – Homeland, at Game 2.3. Click here to vote for Lea!
The World Music Awards will take place on May 27, in Monte-Carlo.
The singer Christina Perri is currently promoting her new album ‘Head’ and ‘Heart’ and in a recent interview when asked about “Jar of Hearts” being on Glee, she couldn’t stop gushing about Lea!
WCT: How was having your song “Jar of Hearts” on Glee?
CP: Oh my God. I am a huge Glee fan, too. I am so obsessed with Lea Michele [who plays Rachel]. She is my favorite—Spring Awakening, hello! When she did “Jar of Hearts” I remember it was actually the day my first album came out. We did not plan that. I don’t even know what you call that. It was the best luck ever. She sang the song so strongly. It was so rad, there is just no other way to put it. It was so overwhelmingly cool.