Lea Michele is a triple threat in Hollywood. She can sing, dance, and act. She reminds everyone of a young Barbara Streisand. She is extremely talented and shares her talent with the world. Her role in Glee was her breakout role and she has done a fabulous job of portraying Rachel Berry.
Lea Michele's best friend Jonathan Groff interviews Lea and she opens up to her best friend about her strength and her hope to remain happy.
"Since Glee. she has inspired people across the world with her unapologetic ambition, insane talent, and astonishing grace. Me, especially," shares Jonathan Groff.
Jonathan Groff for Teen Vogue: "Sitting here in Venice, it's a far cry from when we met in that dark building in Chelsea, audtioning for Spring Awakening."
Lea Michele: "It's so crazy. If you told me then that now we'd be here doing an interview because I was on the cover of Teen Vogue for my album and you have your show Looking, I would be like..."
Jonathan Groff for Teen Vogue and Lea Michele [simultaneously] "You are crazy!"
Jonathan Groff for Teen Vogue: "And now your debut album is about to be released. It's kind of incredible, huh?"
Lea Michele: "During Glee, I felt like I was scratching that itch of being an artist. I was at a great place in my life and I was so unbelievably happy-my relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more. So I was like, "I'm going to challenge myself and do this record now." It's obviously pop, but I think it shows me off as a singer."
Jonathan Groff for Teen Vogue: "I feel like I've never heard you sound this way before."
Lea Michele: "It's me. It's Lea. It's not Rachel Berry. It's not Lea on Broadway...
Jonathan Groff for Teen Vogue: "Why is it called Louder?"
Lea Michele: "Louder is like me. I'm loud, I come from an Italian family, I don't stop talking."
JG: "Oh, I know! What's your favorite song on the album? "
LM: "My favorite song is, 100 percent, "You're Mine." I listened to it the other day-it was the one song I had the most emotional reaction to, just because that's my relationship with Cory."
JG: "What was Cory's favorite song?"
LM: "He was such a fan, you don't understand. He would be like, "You're going to be a pop star! What are we going to do? Are we going to, like, go on the road?" He would say, "This is going to be big!" And I'd be like, "I don't know." He heard every song and gave me his notes on everything. He loved "Battlefield." I'm getting chills thinking about it. I would say, "Burn with You" was his favorite. He came into the studio that day.
JG: "I feel like the world has been compassionately watching to see how you would react to what happened. And across the board, you've presented yourself in such a classy way. You really are the quintessential role model. And as your friend, watching you go through what you went through, I saw you exhibit so much strength. Where do you think that strength comes from? I can't comprehend it."
LM: "I somehow feel the insane love Cory and I had for each other morphed into this strength that I have right now. There's just something about knowing he's watching everything I'm doing and feeling like I have to do everything now not just for me but for him. I also have a safety net below me-if I fall or if it's too much, my friends and family will be there to catch me."
JG: "But there must be things you do in your daily life to stay balanced."
LM: "I've always been the kind of person who puts self-care and personal relationships and family before everything. Building strong relationships with people who matter-especially building a strong relationship with yourself-is the most important thing. I've been able to get through this because I worked really hard to get my feet on the ground in life to begin with. If I'd come into this situation in an unstable place as a person, I couldn't be doing what I'm doing. I've been given the position of being a role model for girls, and I take it on with such pride. What I'm dealing with right now is the most unfortunate, horrendous thing in the world, but if I could take anything from it and make it positive, that's the only thing I can do. There is a level of strength in me that people can go their whole lives without touching, but it's there for you to harness and to find. If I could do anything to not make this my reality, I 100 percent would. But this is my situation and I'm going to do whatever I can to make it good for my life and somewhat OK for myself and really beneficial to the people who are watching me. I also have a charity I work with, and I'm really proud of that. Cory and I were very involved in the Chrysalis organization, which is about trying to get people jobs. We went to a lot of its events. He actually got me involved in the first place, so I'm continuing on with it."
JG: "You know we're all here for you."
LM: I've never had a best friend like you. I never had the person who's the person. The person you call, the person who's there, the person who gets you, the person who makes you laugh. You know, that person.
JG: "I never had that either."
LM: "Also, being an only child, I didn't have a sibling to go to if something was wrong. In high school it was the other people who were so close and inseperable. If someone had to be chopped off the friend list, it would most certainly be me. And with you, for the first time, I feel like I'm number one on the list. You are my best friend. There is such relief when you're with the person who gets you the most."
Lea Michele is an amazing person who believes in hope and faith in her future. She believes that she can still be gleefully happy one day. She's a funny girl and inspires girls all over the world. Don't ever stop being you Lea Michele.
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