It’s really no surprise that Lea Michele is one of the big breakout stars of Glee.
By the time the show rolled around, she’d already been a smash on Broadway.
In fact…John Gallagher, Jr., who won a Tony Award for his role opposite Michele in the hit 2006 musical Spring Awakening, says he knew as soon as he met her she was going to be big.”I think she was just born a star,” he tells me. “She was about 17 or 18 when I first met her at the first workshop I did for Spring Awakening. She absolutely walked into that room and she was like, you know, Barbra Streisand. I said, ‘Oh, yes, absolutely it’s going to happen for this girl—and very quickly.’ I’m very happy for her.”