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The radiant vibrant upbeat Glee star Lea Michele is so proud and comfortable in her skin she wants to change the way you think about yourself. If you don’t feel proud, you should, she says.
Working on Broadway from the age of eight, the star is rapidly making her way up the stardom ladder including having to publicly grieve the loss of her boyfriend and “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith.
Photography by: Justin Coit
Lea is the epitome of a strong woman. Leading a health-conscious lifestyle at 27, this wise, multi-talented lady could write a book of quotes on confidence and selfsatisfaction; in fact, she has, using the voice of fame to urge others to uplift their spirits and to live life with self-esteem without giving into people’s perceptions and criticism of you.
Yana Mandeville, Lea Michele, Healthy Living Magazine
HL: You rose to fame very rapidly and at a young age. How did you quickly learn to deal with harsh criticism and rumors and did they affect your spirit?
Lea Michele: I have family, especially my mom and dad who’ve been with me from the moment I began in this business. They’ve always been there to lift me up whenever I need them. They taught me early on to know who I am and never let what other people say about me determine how I feel about myself.
HL: If Glee didn’t exist, where do you think life would have taken you?
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Lea Michele: I probably would still be working on Broadway.
HL: Name one most memorable day on the set of Glee.
Lea Michele: The most memorable moment would have to be filming “Don’t Stop Believing” in the pilot. I think at that moment we knew that we had something very special.
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HL: You are almost 28 and still playing a teenager on Glee. What is your secret to looking ageless?
Lea Michele: If you met my parents you’d see where I get it from. They’re both in their 50s and look like they’re 20 years old!
HL: Do you think that your upbringing, the influence your parents have on you, steered you in the direction of your successful career or have you done it on your own?
Lea Michele: The moment I started in this business at eight years old... I personally knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. And my own personal drive has pushed me this whole time. But I most certainly could not have done it without the love and support of my parents. I always knew they’d be there no matter what so it allowed me to reach for my wildest dreams and I knew that they’d catch me.
Yana Mandeville, Lea Michele, Justin Coit, Healthy Living Magazine
HL: What is the craziest rumor you have ever heard about yourself?
Lea Michele: Almost all of them are false and crazy.
HL: Can you describe your new album in two words?
Lea Michele: Powerful and uplifting.
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HL: What is the most important thing you would like your fans to know about you?
Lea Michele: I think I have a very nice relationship with my fans. They’ve been wonderful and supportive. I wrote my book as an opportunity to have them learn more about me.
HL: Do you feel the weight of being a role model to your fans?
Lea Michele: I feel as though I already live a very healthy and happy life that I’m very proud of and that I know my family is proud of as well. So I’ve never been overwhelmed by the thought of being a role model.
Yana Mandeville, Lea Michele, Justin Coit, Healthy Living
HL: You stated that your manager wanted you to have plastic surgery, which you declined to do. What would you say to young girls who are being pressured into plastic surgery at a young age simply because they don’t fit the “standards” implemented by modern culture.
Lea Michele: I think everyone should do what they feel is best for them and not what other people think they should do or try to fit themselves into a mold. It’s about listening to yourself and truly knowing what makes you happy.
HL: You are a big fan of Barbra Streisand. What would be your question for her?
Lea Michele: What’s your favorite moment from filming Funny Girl?
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HL: Tell us a little bit about your new book Brunette Ambition.
Lea Michele: I’m proud of Brunette Ambition; it’s a guide that I feel has everything in it! It’s part memoir so you’ll learn a little about me. And there are chapters on beauty, health and fitness.
HL: Are you dieting?
Lea Michele: I don’t diet. I eat to live. Food is what gives me energy and strength. I give my body the best foods so it can perform at its absolutely best.
HL: What’s your beauty and health tip for HL readers?
Lea Michele: It’s simple: Get good sleep, drink water, be active, eat to live and don’t live to eat. And most important—laugh all the time.
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