The Hollywood Reporter posted more of the Emmy Round Table interview. Here’s some parts with Lea:
THR: Did any of you think of anything other than acting or writing?
Michele: I’ve never wanted to be anything other than an actor. I started performing on Broadway when I was 8 years old. My first night on stage, I told my mom, “This is what I want to do.” It was “Les Mes.” I mean, I was always a very out-there kid. I would watch “Saturday Night Live” and I would pretend (to be the characters). Then I would put on “West Side Story” and act out Maria’s entire final scene at 7 years old. My mother would say, “I don’t know who you are.” But I was always very realistic: the sad thing about this business is it’s so fleeting. If I couldn’t do that, I was going to go to school and study law and become a lawyer. But I probably would have been miserable, or they would have had some very theatrical court sessions!
THR: Lea, what’s surprised you the most about the business?
Michele: Nothing feels as real as I thought it would. I’m waiting for it to feel real. Everyone on the outside is like, “Isn’t this so unbelievable?” But it will never feel to you what everyone else sees it as. That might seem sort of weird or ungrateful, but it’s not. I’m happy it’s not that way, because it’s just about what we’re doing in the moment.
Toy can read the full inertview with the actors and watch the videos here.