It’s almost time to say goodbye to McKinley High School for good and say hello to the bright lights of Broadway.
As of right now, “Glee” shifts back and forth between McKinley High and New York, but soon the entire storyline of the show will take place in New York City.
Some of McKinley’s graduating class will relocate to New York to join the major characters — Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry, Chris Colfer’s Kurt Hummel and Naya Rivera’s Santana Lopez — who are trying to make their dreams come true in the big apple.
“We are filming, currently, episode 16 of season five and then we have 22 to shoot next year so we have a lot ahead of us,” Michele recently told MTV News. “Right now, the show is only in New York. The high school has been — it’s over … Amber [Riley] comes in for a few episodes, which is great because it’s so nice having her there. So we are in New York, all of us, it’s kind of like ‘Friends.’ ”
Lea Michele is a pretty busy lady these days: But between her TV career on Glee, movie roles and gig as a L’Oreal spokesmodel, she’s managed to drop a Number One record, Louder. No big.
Our favorite Gleek says working on an album while simultaneously starring on a hit TV show is like jumping out of an airplane: “Before you hit the ground you have to record your songs, do costume fittings, do dance rehearsals, film the episodes, learn your lines—it’s an exhilarating job.”
NewNowNext sat down with Michele to talk about both her music and acting careers. Here’s a hint: she’s only going to get “louder” from here.
Lea Michele’s solo career is off to a solid start. Her debut album hit No. 1 on iTunes in its first day. The New Jersey native returned to her home state to show her fans some love.
So how does it feel to have all these fans chanting her name?
“I was really nervous because I thought no one would show up today I thought it would only be my family so it really means a lot to me,” she said.
More than just a few family members came out to support Lea Michele as she signed copies of her debut album “Louder” in Paramus.
Five years after singing her way into our hearts as Rachel Berry on “Glee,” she’s finding her voice as a solo artist.
“On Glee I do all covers of other people’s music,” Michele said. “So, this was the opportunity for me to sing my words, and my emotions, and my stories. It’s very personal. It comes with a lot more pressure.”
The soprano has been belting out Broadway tunes since she was 8, but waited to release a record until the timing was right. Making the album took a year and a half. Within that time Michele was blindsided by the tragic passing of her co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith last July. She added the heartbreaking ballad “if you say so” after his death to reflect on the last moments she shared with him.
As Michele lays the groundwork for life after “Glee,” she’s found a die-hard fan base that will follow.
What inspires Michele? Her fans.
“I’m constantly trying to grow as an artist and having the support from my fans is so wonderful,” she says.
While the rest of the world is busy fangirling over Jennifer Lawrence, it looks like celebrities aren’t immune either. Lea Michele revealed her ultimate girl crush on JLaw telling us, “I love her and everything that she does. She’s incredible!”
The Glee mega superstar hasn’t even met Jennifer yet, but here’s what she’d tell her, “Let’s be best friends. Maybe we would spontaneously combust, because I feel like we’re very similar.”
We’re not sure they would actually combust, but with the force of these two ah-mazing leading ladies getting together, there’s no doubt they’d probably break the Internet just with the snap of one single selfie. All we can say is: how do we join in on this epic BFF sesh?!
Michele tells MTV News about the emotional base of Louder, out Monday (March 3).
For years, people have known Lea Michele as Rachel Berry from “Glee,” but now they are getting to know Michele as her own artist. And so far, people like what they hear.
On Monday (March 3), Michele dropped her much anticipated debut album, Louder, on the same day Pharrell and Rick Ross released their project. It found its way to the top of the iTunes album charts fairly quickly.
In this week’s picks, Broadway.com included Lea’s debut album!
BLAST LEA MICHELE’S “LOUDER”
Album hits store shelves March 3
Spring Awakening-sweetheart-turned-Glee-superstar Lea Michele’s debut album officially drops, and after getting a preview on iTunes, we can already tell “On My Way” is our new workout song, “Louder” is an awesome driving track and “What Is Love?” will be reserved for bawling-our-eyes-out sob sessions. Buy the album!
Here’s two new videos of Lea talking to E!News during the ‘Louder’ Listening Party. Click on ‘Continue Reading’ to watch the second video.