Lea Michele made 14 year-old True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld cry

It looks like Lea Michele’s bad reputation is catching up to her. We’ve heard that Glee’s ranking diva is a real piece of work in person, with stories that she acts like she’s better than the rest of the cast and is snotty even on the red carpet. In case you think we might be confusing her with her character on “Glee,” Lea has made comments that show just how full of herself she is. She recently told Marie Claire that her teachers in school “were threatened by the fact that [she] had worked before” and didn’t bother to teach her anything. Maybe they just couldn’t deal with her attitude.

Now Leah has crossed a young girl who is sure to score an Oscar nomination for her performance in box office hit True Grit. Hailee Steinfeld, 14, told the press that Lea snubbed her on the Fox lot and left her close to tears. Hailey tried to get an autograph from Leah, but Leah couldn’t be bothered. It sounds like Leah just totally ignored her. I love how Hailey told this story in a matter-of-fact way without any commentary about what a bitch Leah was. Hailey even complimented Leah’s talent. The circumstances speak for themselves.

s Hailee Steinfeld celebrates her sudden Hollywood success, the young “True Grit” star admits she had a less-than-successful run-in with an acting peer – “Glee’s” Lea Michele.

“When I was auditioning for ‘True Grit,’ I was on the Paramount lot,” the 14-year-old said in a recent interview with J-14 magazine. “I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable. ‘Glee’ also films on the lot and I love the show.

“I saw Lea Michele just walking to her trailer and I was like, ‘That’s the girl from ‘Glee.’ I’ve got to go ask for her autograph!’ So I walked up to her and asked for her autograph, but she walked by and a guy came and said, “Sorry, now’s not a good time!” Hailee continued.

Though the embarrassing snub left the SAG Award nominee deflated, Hailee still counts herself a “Gleek.”

“I had to walk all the way back to the car wearing what I was wearing. I was practically crying on the way home. I was so sad!” she told the mag. “But she’s beautiful and she has an amazing voice.”

In addition to her obvious acting chops – the ingenue held her own in the Coen Brothers’ western opposite veteran Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon – Hailee enjoys spending her free time helping those in need.

“My mom and I are involved in the Mother/Daughter Organization — national charity work,” Hailee told the mag. “Whenever I get free time, we volunteer. It’s an organization so mothers and daughters can spend time together while volunteering.”

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Hailee is earning rave reviews from critics all over town for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in “True Grit” opposite Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges. The young actress has been nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Award, as well as a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actress in a Supporting Role.

The Thousand Oaks, California native beat out 15,000 other girls to land the role of Mattie.

[From Access Hollywood, link has automatic music]

She sounds like such a nice kid. I can’t wait to see True Grit, but it’s not out here in Germany until February 10. I understand that dubbing takes time, but why can’t movies come out in their original language (English primarily) at the same time around the world? There are surely complicated distribution and promotion issues but we end up getting decent films about two months after everyone else, at which point I’ve read all the spoilers. Usually I can wait for films, but this one has me chomping at the bit.

True Grit was top at the box office this weekend, making it the first western since the 1990s to top the $100 million mark.

In related news about Lea Michele, she’s fronting a campaign for PETA to outlaw horse drawn carriages in New York city. It maybe wasn’t the best idea for her to pose right next to a horse like this. I’ll say something nice – the horse emphasizes her huge eyes, and I’m sure PETA wanted us to see horses as people too. Mission accomplished.

Photo Credit: WENN.com. True Grit photos via AllMoviePhoto









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  1. mln76 says:

    Hailee was so great in that movie. I was surprised at how girly and pretty she is because in the movie she is one tough customer and holds her own onscreen with Bridges and Damon.
    As for Lea Michele she is going to regret how mean and nasty she is in a few years when GLEE is off the air and no one wants to hire her.

  2. David says:

    So was so great in the movie

  3. Bubbling says:

    I’m sorry, that doesn’t sound that bitchy to me. Maybe she had her own thing on mind, they are people too. Now, cute little 14 year old doesn’t get an autograph and all the angles on the sky cry, but it’s not really full on bitchiness

    • amy says:

      I love how you can tell this is made up, too. They misspelled both names! Celebitchy, get your facts right!

      Also, who knows, maybe her teachers were actually threatened by her and made it a point to tell her. Or maybe she was really busy when Hailee asked. Or probably you made this up. Have a nice, hate-filled life.

      • Claire says:

        I agree! They probably did make this up and they kept spelling both names wrong.. So they don’t know how to spell and there just big fat liers that hate on people..

  4. C says:

    LAWD…Matt Damon looks like my creepy uncle in that pic.

    Boo to Lea for her bitchery. Hailee seems like a nice kid. She is already 10x prettier, classier, etc than Lea.

  5. Azreen says:

    does she think she’s superior just because she’s on a tv show? i don’t understand.

    Why would Hailee Steinfeld like her at all? She certainly can’t be the reason she’s a gleek.

  6. flutters says:

    Normally I take diva stories with a grain of salt but this one comes straight from Hailee Steinfeld and seems believable. It’s too bad. Hopefully Lea will work on herself to the point that she doesn’t deserve the too big for her britches/diva tag.

    @Azreen I think Lea didn’t realize who she was snubbing. Not that it would’ve been better if she’d snubbed a regular teen as opposed to a potential Oscar nominee. I think with celebs who are part of something that draws frenzied crowds (like Glee) they tend to zone out among autograph seekers and not pay attention which results in snubbing even kids and teens. I’m not saying it’s not a character flaw but I’ve seen it happen even with celebs who are genuinely good, considerate people. It’s tough because sometimes you’ll have professional autograph seekers who pay kids to get autographs and then you have diva/divo stories come out when the celebs don’t cooperate. But this obviously isn’t one of them and in Lea’s case I think there’s a pattern developing that’s more than just gossip.

    I knew the whole Glee scene would go south fast. Too much too soon.

  7. Az says:

    Ugh. That woman is the only reason I don’t watch Glee. What a cee-u-next-Thursday!

  8. Jem says:

    She was excellent in the movie! CB, no one will fault you for being impatient about this one – it’s worth the wait.

    Let us know what you think when you see it!

  9. Samigirl says:

    I honestly think this True Grit is better than the originally. The Dude does a better Rooster than The Duke.
    Sorry if I get hated on because of it, but it was just…amazing. Hailee is just *perfect* in it. At least this little girl isn’t all “woe is me” about it. She is very mature for her age 🙂

  10. jaye E says:

    @Bubbling…totally ignoring a fan asking for an autograph doesn’t sound bitchy to you?? Your standards for human courtesy are really low.

  11. Roma says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Lea’s been looking high lately? Maybe it’s because I just came from the Brooke/Paris post but I’ve been thinking the skinner she gets the more drugged up she’s been looking.

  12. Hautie says:

    Ummm say something nice.

    It is nice to see that Lea Michelle used a little of her Glee money and got those two chipped front teeth of hers, fixed for season 2.

    (Go look at her in that first season. I was always distracted by her chipped, busted looking front teeth.)

  13. OriginalGracie says:

    I believe this cause it’s like the 100th story I’ve read about Lea thinking she is some kind of untouchable star.

    Ugh, I hate when people think because their movies or tv shows are popular that the way to go is to be a bitchy diva.

    It’s the caring stars, the ones who are nice and kind to their fans who last.
    Bitches end up on crappy reality shows and in the Where Are They Now slot.

    Besides, how f-ing rude do you have to be to act like just because you are one person on an ensemble show, that you somehow are magically elevated to being better than other people? Your very success is on the backs of countless other people.

    Boo Lea. Get a life.

  14. womanfromthenorth says:

    Hope she wins big! Wins everything she is up for!

    And I understand about not getting movies the same time as everyone else. They are not even showing “the Black Swan” anywhere around the pit I live in.

  15. Bella Bella says:

    Saw True Grit over the weekend! Hailee Steinfeld was AHHHHmazing!! What a talent!! She’s certainly one to watch.

  16. texasmom says:

    I also think this was better than the first movie version. This girl was amazing in it, too!

    Lea looks like a sleazy, blowzy Penelope Cruz!

  17. Fi says:

    Look, I’m one of those people that have tried to block out the nasty things the media says about Lea because I do believe she is very talented.

    Thing is, that although it was most certainly a cold thing to do, this wouldn’t even be NEWS if Hailee didn’t end up being such a big thing. Can you imagine the thousands of nameless fans that never get an autograph? What if they’d all go blabbering about that on the magazines. I’m sure every single star in the planet has some snubs under their sleeve.

    I’m not excusing Lea, she’s a Broadway brat and true to her nature, she’ll always see herself better than most common actors, at least until it bites her on the ass.

  18. eja102 says:

    she cried?

    perhaps I don’t know much about 16 year old girls, well nil actually, but is this really something to cry about?

    edit- 14. also, what is her point? why did she even mention this, what is the relevance?

  19. guesty says:

    sounds like lea may be the one asking hailee for an autograph soon!

    note to lea: you’re really not all that. promise.

  20. Jesus Christ Superstar says:

    lea’s pose game is ridiculous. rofl

  21. bc says:

    I believe it. Even if it isn’t true, Lea is a damn hypocrite. She goes on and on about being vegan and working with PETA, but a couple months ago I saw her on people.com holding a leather Louis Vuitton bag. If you’re going to be vegan, you need to go all the way-otherwise, don’t be sanctimonious about it.

  22. Tess says:

    Hautie, saying something nice may be nice, but it isn’t delicious in the way flat out bitcherie can be.

    So I’ll go beyond the pale here….because… truly, Jeff Bridges has been my secret husband for centuries…but, what the hay, I’ll ask: How tall is he?….

    Looks like he’s suffering from the Kris Kristofferson Syndrome…i.e. a guy who looks huge but is actually kind of compact.

  23. kiko says:

    what a bitch!!i saw true grit and its an incredible oscar worthy movie..who is the star now lea??

  24. Arianna says:

    horse drawn carriages?
    our world is dying, people are starving and killing each other, animals are being poached to extinction,
    and she chooses to support the prohibition of horse drawn carriages?

  25. Jess says:

    Lea is such a DIVA! Get over yourself honey.

  26. just an observation says:

    Wow I am sorry but she approached someone who was at work-this girl has no idea what was going on and that she was heading back to her trailer. I am so glad that every bit of gossip and rumors are based on one persons perception without the benefit of the full picture. And every person who can log onto a computer falls right into the scoop. I can’t wait for these stories to begin appearing about this girl because they will no one can live up to the public scrutiny 24 hours a day but a person on their work site should be free from this bull shit

  27. feedmeplz says:

    Does it really take that long to sign an autograph? It takes me three seconds to sign my check. 😛

  28. padiddle says:

    Hailee was amazing in True Grit. She blew me away.

  29. buell says:

    Wow…Matt Damon is looking more and more like Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  30. Rachel says:

    I saw True Grit yesterday, and this girl stole the movie the moment she walked on screen. I did not care for the movie, but she was phenomenal. And if she doesn’t get an Oscar nod, I’m boycotting the Oscars.

  31. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Rude? Sure. However, chickadee’s tears were nothing but glycerine and the script provided by her handlers. Stiff upper lip, we can’t have bloodshot photo ops at the charity emporium.

    It’s not the kid with whom I have any kind of quarrel, because this revelation seems to orchestrated and a propos of nothing to not have the mark of a team behind it.

    I’m not a fan of this horse-campaigning sex symbol who never was, but where were this kid’s parents? She would’ve been what, twelve or thirteen when this happened? However well-meaning and excited I may have been, my mother would have taken exception to the idea of her very young child running around random parking lots and bothering people at work.

    Oh, well. Another lesson learned. The Bench Straddler is a legend in her own mind, I wouldn’t waste the energy it takes to nurse old wounds on her. Now, sit down and no one bugging strangers.

  32. Anti-icon says:

    That Lea Michele has seemed like trouble with a capital T from the moment she arrived on the “scene.” This 14-year-old seems more press savvy than Michele, who needs to work on her “inner style.”

  33. Someone Else says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Steinfeld thanked Michele when she accepts her Oscar?

  34. Kikadee says:

    If you can’t wait for the movie, please read the book . . . It’s short, well-written, and so good. The Coen brothers said that they tried to remain true to the novel, which is why I decided to check it out before I see the movie. The book also kicks ass on the John Wayne version….

  35. Faye says:

    This is the kind of person I can stand the least. Full of themselves, heads so far up their own bums they don’t realize they’re just human like the rest of the people they treat like garbage. Can’t wait until Glee is a memory and no one remembers this bitch’s name anymore.

  36. Danni says:

    Ugh, I was in Germany & France in December, and I couldn’t find an English Harry Potter to save my life! I speak French, but not German. And PS: I don’t know how the last Narnia is in English, but it was unbearable in French.

  37. 4Real says:

    LOL!!! Oh they learn so young now don’t they!? This story made me care for her more and Leah even less. Well played little one…well played.

  38. Chickie Baby says:

    You MUST see True Grit. Hailee is fantastic in this film, and has more dramatic talent than Lea Michele could dream of.

    I’m betting they will run into each other during this awards season and Hailee will not only get Lea’s signature, but will probably be requested to return the favor.

  39. bluhare says:

    Roma: It’s not just you. I think she looks stoned as well.

    And as far as supporting a cause not everyone likes, don’t you think there’s enough causes to go around for everybody? Why get so judgmental about someone for their choice? At least they’re doing something about it.

    That’s not to support Lea Michelle either. Can’t stand her and can’t wait until she’s too old for Glee (2 more years, is that it?)

  40. original kate says:

    hailee was really fantastic in “true grit,” and i can’t wait to see what else she does. lea michele? not so much.

  41. motheroftheyear says:

    What a charming a classy young woman! Yay, Hailyeyieiytyyeeeee or however you spell it.

    Lea, darling, you’re on teevee. Your show has already jumped the shark. Be nice.

  42. Yuck i can’t stand Lea Michelle, i watched glee once for like 10 minutes but she’s so annoying i couldn’t finnish the episode and never watched it again lol

  43. Kim says:

    Although Lea does have bad reputation, in her defense, maybe it wasnt a good time. Maybe she had just been yelled at by producers, maybe someone she knew just passed away – who knows. This girl has no idea what the situation was so bagging on Lea for this & then publicly talking about it makes her seem like a BRAT who is pouting because she didnt get her autograph.

  44. ctkat1 says:

    Hailee was so, so great in the movie- girl’s got talent for sure, and seems like a really sweet kid with (hopefully) a good parent who will make sure she gets through Hollywood alright.

    Lea Michele…ugh. Lainey had a great post about an interview Matthew Morrison did with Details where the journalist wrote how desperate she was.

  45. marie says:

    Wow, this story first came up over a month ago, and it’s hardly the worst thing Lea Michele has done.

    Hailee is gonna be big, though. Can’t wait to see what she does next.

  46. dsam says:

    It may not have been the nicest thing to do, BUT the guy did phrase it in a polite way – and realistically it might not have been a good time. Lea could have been late for an appointment, between shoots, feeling ill, having a bad day, or just needed some time out. She is entitled to it.

    Also there is no way that a celebrity no matter who they signs every autograph seeker that comes there way.

  47. Kaboom says:

    It’s funny if the fan you don’t give your autograph might leapfrog you in your career a few months down the road.

  48. RHONYC says:

    i know this chick must think she is the next coming of ‘idina menzel’, but she needs to calm the f*ck down.

    i’ve never even watched a single episode of glee & only know who this chicklet is via the gossip sites, so she needs to wise up & love her fans i.e. lady gaga and nicki minaj cause that’s where her bread is buttered.

    jussayin. 🙁

  49. jj says:

    The horse is on the left, correct? She is not attractive.

  50. Annabelle says:

    I think Lea looks coked up in those pictures and I get b-tch from just looking at her face.
    But I think this girl is vying for public sympathy. She ALMOST cried on the way home because she didn’t get an autograph? And now she feels like she has to tell everyone in what is probably her first magazine interview? I think that is pretty rude. Thinking you are entitled to an autograph, expecting the celeb to just drop everything they were doing to come over so you can have a bit of paper with someone’s signature? GET OVER IT!

  51. LakeMom says:

    How nice of the peta ad to feature both a horse’s head and a horse’s ass.

  52. Mistral says:

    I agree with what Jo Mama said (the part about this being such a PR plant of a story).

    Calculated to get back at someone who was perhaps rude (we don’t know the circumstances of the snub: just being rude, or genuinely having some sort of crisis), all while getting positive press and making their client, the rising little star, seem like an adorable and innocent sweetheart with a generous nature (“I cried, but she is still really beautiful and talented”).

    Maybe it was Hailee who wanted a little “revenge” for that snub, or maybe leaking this story stems from some sort of an issue an agent or someone else had with Lea (who seems to be making some enemies with her behaviour).

    Point is, everyone needs to be suspicious of the motives behind stories like this. It’s all a little transparent. Whatever. Hailee did a great job in her film and will probably continue to do well. Lea, I’m sure, will continue to do well on Broadway–diva attitude and all.

    As for putting down her cause: why? She is a New Yorker and she wants to address something she sees in her community that bothers her. People have a right to support different causes and to put their efforts behind whatever they choose. If animal rights is her thing, that’s her thing. We don’t need self-righteous types to put down other people’s activism and to judge what causes are worthy of attention.

  53. Bopa says:


    I could agree with you if she was at dinner and eating her food and refused an autograph but Lea was just walking to her trailer and it sounds like she completely ignored her. Lea is not that high up on the totem pole that she can afford to ignore anyone.


    Do you think this young a girl is that calculating to remember a story just to serve the needs of an agent? It’s not like snub stories are rare. I’ve got a few of my own.

  54. LittleDeadGirl says:

    She was amazing in the movie to the point I researched out to see what her name was since it wasn’t really on the posters save in small print but I think she almost stole the movie. She held her own against Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges and for a 14 year old that’s huge. I hope she continues acting I’d love to see her in other movies … I’m a fan for sure …

  55. Mistral says:


    I think 14 yr olds are incredibly capable of being calculating. Kids aren’t stupid. Also, little girls are adept at being catty. It starts verrry early.

    Now, this snub was provided by the “big star” Lea Michele. If she hadn’t done it, there would be nothing to tell. But telling this story the way it was told only serves to make the one look like a bitch and the other a sweetheart.

    Who’s to say someone who knew about it (an agent/PR person) didn’t coach her to tell the story, but still be gracious about it. You know? There are obviously ways of telling a story to achieve certain outcomes.

    I’m not saying that’s necessarily the way it went down, but it’s pretty obvious that Michele is going to come off very badly in a story like this, right? So why tell it at all? Anyhow, this kid seems to have a smart family and smart management. So, she should turn out OK.

    Kudos to the mom and daughter for doing volunteer stuff together. If only Mother Lohan had thought to encourage and take part in stuff like that instead of hanging out with her daughter in nightclubs…

  56. Michelle says:

    Talk about give a dog a bad name. Is Lea Michele really that bad? Her persona is not all fawning and fake, she has a high opinion of herself like all celebrities, just not very good at coming across all sweetness and light.
    Regarding Hailee one movie a career does not make. So many have tread this path only to be like everyone else lacking a career. Take a look at the so call great actors around today it has nothing to do with talent. Hard for a child actor to make it remember Kim Darby.

  57. Hakura says:

    I have to hand it to Hailee for not telling the story in such a way that she places direct blame on Lea… & not having an attitude while talking about it. She was very respectful & understanding (even complimenting Lea).

    She’s definitely mature for her age, Though I know some may think telling the story at all was unnecessary (unless she intended to cause a bad publicity for Lea), I just can’t see that being the reason with this girl.

    And Hailee really is beautiful… She’s going to be a real stunner when she gets a bit older. 🙂

    I have trouble with Lea, not only because of all the diva antics I’ve heard people attribute to her… but because she *really* reminds me (in both appearance & attitude) of an ex-best friend of mine. (The girl drove me absolutely crazy, so arrogant & selfish, passive-aggressively taking shots, then acting like she hadn’t ‘meant anything by it’… always struggling for ‘control’ of the friendship. I guess that really biases me where she’s concerned.

  58. Ari says:

    This young actress is definitely going places, she was so good in True Grit – this film is A+ all the way.

  59. Hakura says:

    @Noni (#57)- I was thinking about that (why this story came out in the first place.) I have no way of knowing this, but was Hailee the first one to bring up this story?

    It’s possible that someone else was told about it first… then sold that little tidbit (which resulted in Hailee being asked about it in an interview.)

    But that’s just a theory. She could’ve brought it up on her own, I have no idea.

  60. elisa says:

    Hailee was great in True Grit. However, I didn’t think the movie itself was that great, especially the ending (and no, I am not one of those people who demand a happy ending for everybody). My friend literally fell asleep. Granted, she’s not a Western fan, but I have seen and enjoyed Westerns before, and I LOVED O Brother Where Art Thou (haven’t seen other Coen films), True Grit just wasn’t cutting it. The acting was good though.

    I LOVED King’s Speech, even though it didn’t sound that great (c’mon, a stammerer going to a therapist?) The acting in that was top-notch, Colin Firth deserves an Oscar nom if not the actual Oscar itself.

  61. Fishlips says:

    Lea Michele was one of the guests on the premiere of “Conan”, and I found her annoying and vapid.

  62. archiepelago says:

    This is very old ‘gossip’. I commented on this months ago on another site.

  63. Loveleamslucymd says:

    I’m sorry but Lea Michele is deffo the best singer that has come along to Hollywood so far. If you guys all hate her so much, you wouldn’t jump on the opportunity to meet her???? This little 14 year old sounds like a cry baby.. I mean really get over it, she went and cried to a bunch of magazines.. It’s like hello, no one gives a shit. Lea Michele is an extremely busy woman. Filming every single day, recording songs. This girl probably caught her off guard because she was on the set where Lea works. Honestly if I was tired and worn out from working 24/7 i wouldn’t have the energy or time to sign a ducking autograph either. Lea, you’re iconic and keep doin what you do 🙂 you’re voice touched millions of people xx oh btw I’m 14 and I big fan of Lea, if I didn’t get an autograph I wouldn’t gonoff crying. It’s time to grow up hallie