Lea muses on her image and sports Connie Francis’ old makeup for Allure.
Lea Michele for Allure, photographed by Norma Jean Roy
On rumours she’s a diva: “That’s a huge thing I learned . . . Not everybody knows you and has the same sense of humour. At the same time, if I couldn’t be myself, I’d lose my mind. I came from the theatre world, where the word ‘diva’ was awesome. But it’s different in Los Angeles. And this all happened to me so quickly. But I came to LA, and the first audition I went on was for Glee. And I was on the show two months later and had a very different life.”
On her controversial GQ photo shoot shot by Terry Richardson: “People were really offended by this, being that we play high school students. But we’re not high school students! Cory is almost 30, and Dianna and I are 25. But there was such controversy. I do try to keep in mind that there are a lot of young viewers watching our show. But it’s a delicate balance, continuing to be who you are but also remembering you’re in a certain position. But would I do the shoot again? Absolutely.”
On Gwyneth Paltrow: “I don’t know what people are smoking, because this woman is one of the most talented, beautiful, smart-but-laid-back, cool people I’ve worked with. That’s what I hate about this business. Before I met her, I was intimidated because of her image. But she’s the greatest.”
That last shot of her is kind of cute, but the rest of them leave us pretty flat. We don’t know why she’s packaged so forcefully as the sultry sex symbol. We’ve never seen a relatively new star fight so strenuously so early against the very image that made her a star. You’re the pretty, perky, talented girl, Lea. Somewhere between Barbra and Mary Tyler Moore. You’re not J Lo.