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 Michele is out for vengeance!
After her defeat in the last edition of “Brain Busters: Glee Edition,” which featured Darren Criss grilling both her and Chris Colfer on all things broadway, Glee’s leading lady is back for another showdown with Colfer, and this time the pair couldn’t be on more equal footing, as all the questions are about their own show.
Round two of the behind-the-scenes game show features more ridiculous questions and way more buzzing, plus Chord Overstreet joins in to quiz Michele, while Criss quizzes Colfer. So, who wins this time around? And which character does Overstreet play in his own Glee fantasy world? You’ll have to watch this exclusive video to find out!
So what were some of the questions asked this time around?
How many times has Rachel kissed Blaine? Who does Chris Colfer play? What are some of the nicknames given to Kurt and Rachel over the seasons? What is Brittany’s cat’s name? What kind of dessert is Kurt’s body like? Plus, what little tidbit did we definitely not want to remember about Sue Sylvester?
Basically, this video is just even more proof that Darren Criss could host the game show of our dreams, and we wouldn’t say no to a sidekick named Chord Overstreet!
Be sure to tune in Tuesday night for Glee’s fifth season finale, which, based on promos, is sure to bring some exciting things to the world of Glee, along with a few very confusing Blaine-in-bed-with-Brittany-related things. (Trust us, we’re just as “huh?” about that as you are.)
Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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 appears at 2:48.
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: