Lea Michelle threw a vegan fit about meatball-tossing on the ‘Glee’ set


Lea Michelle’s diva reputation comes back to haunt her at every opportunity; then again, she doesn’t do much to dissuade us from believing that she’s a raging bitch either. Not only does she behave badly in public, including the time that she threw multiple temper tantrums over dresses and refused to talk to reporters at the MET Gala, but she also behaves like a pill in the workplace by acting like she’s better than the rest of the “Glee” cast. She’s also apparently pissed off the show’s wardrobe and makeup departments, who have (presumably) retaliated by making her look like hell on the program.

This time around, Lea’s strict vegan ways were the alleged catalyst for yet another diva fit. Of course, Lea is so very proud of her thin vegan body that she considered posing for Playboy. Now, she’s refused to properly take part in a foodfight for a “Glee” scene because she didn’t want meatballs hitting her meat-hating self:

Lea Michele’s diva persona as Rachel Berry on “Glee” may be no act. Sources say the 25-year-old’s frequent hissy fits had cast members’ tempers flaring hotter than ever during recent filming of a food-fight scene.

“Everyone was supposed to throw spaghetti with meatballs, salad, and other assorted foods at each other,” an insider tells Star. “Lea pitched a fit, wanting no part of it.

She is a vegan and a strong believer in not eating any meat products. The thought of being hit by meatballs grossed her out, so she was adamant that absolutely none be thrown her way!”

Producers instructed the cast, crew and extras to throw only salad at “Princess Lea” and told them that if they disobeyed, “they would be kicked off set immediately,” says the source.

So her food-fight costars took full advantage of the vegetarian option. “everyone armed themselves with tons of salad to throw her way,” reveals the insider.

Glee staffers say Lea’s imperious manner is nothing new. “She doesn’t even like to look the other actors in the eye,” says the source. “She thinks she’s better than everyone else.”

[From Star, print edition, 10/31/2011]

In Lea’s defense, I’m a vegetarian, and I wouldn’t want to have meatballs thrown at me either. Since I don’t eat meat for health reasons and not as a result of any animal-rights activism, my rationale wouldn’t be because I think that meatballs are gross or anything like that. Instead, I’d be more worried about being tempted to catch them in my mouth. In fact, I crave meatballs with a serious vengeance. Maybe that’s what Lea’s secretly afraid of too? Nah … she’s just a bitch.



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  1. kay says:

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I agree with her.

    She advocates for animal rights, against slaughter, and to have what she advocates for thrown at her, well, I wouldn’t want that either.

    Not only that, but what a colossal waste of food.

  2. Eve says:

    I can’t stand her and I hate all things Glee but I can’t hate her for this. Especially if she thought it’s cruel to kill an animal and NOT EAT IT.

    I also think foodfights are stupid (and another reason to hate Glee even more): people throwing away food while there are others who can’t afford it — or, like I’ve seen here (in person), people literally starving. I find the waste of food (ANY food) abhorrent.

  3. Rose says:

    Ugh, I wouldn’t want meat thrown at me either. Man, people starving all over the world and these idiots are flinging food about…

  4. etwo says:

    Well, for this particular case at least, I don’t think her actions are totally diva-like. I’m a vegetarian for health and ethical reasons, and I wouldn’t want to participate in something like that either.

  5. RocketMerry says:

    I’d be more concerned with perfectly good food going to waste!

  6. gee says:

    LEATHER SHOES. I appreciate the sentiment because I do love animals, but don’t be high and mighty about it.

    I agree with @RocketMerry 100%

    And: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/08/there-is-no-such-thing-as-vegan/

  7. Deven says:

    Crap like this is a perfect reason for this ridiculous program to fall off a bridge and never emerge again. Who gives a damn about her or any of them?

  8. Quest says:

    @RocketMerry: I concur, there is nothing more disgusting than wasting good food when there are so many in the world suffering from starvation.

  9. tapioca says:

    How about a compromise – spaghetti & faux “meatballs” made from Quorn? I’m a near-veggie who’s conquered bacon but can’t quite let go of lemon sardines on hot toast (it’s my Kryptonite) and I wouldn’t mind being pelted with mycoprotein spheres if it was absolutely essential to the plot!

  10. Kaboom says:

    I don’t see a good reason to use real meatballs for the purpose of a staged food fight. While I don’t agree with vegan proselytizing efforts, there’s no good reason to use real meat as throwaway props.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    1. does she wear any animal products or have them in her home? i.e. leather furniture, purses, shoes? are there leather seats in her car? if yes, then STFU, Lea.
    2. what if they throw vegan soy “meat” balls at her? They taste OK and aren’t animal based.
    3. it may just be that she is grossed out by meat products or meat-looking products. when I was a vegetarian, anything that looked like red meat (especially raw red meat) turned my stomach.

  12. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    Why does she strike me as the type of person who he is vegan just to be superior to others about it and not because she genuinely cares. Either way I don’t care about the show or this stupid idea at throwing food.

  13. aenflex says:

    This is mean, I just think she should have refined that schnoz a long time ago before she became too famous. It reminds me of the nose you put on mr. potatohead. she is one of the few people who really would benefit from rhinoplasty. mean, i know…

  14. Hautie says:

    Well poor little Lea is being bitchy while she can. She will no longer employed by FOX at the end of this season.

    Remember they are dumping 4(?) of their cast. And she is one of them.

    Too bad she does not have enough sense to behave on set. Being a nightmare on set, will stop you from getting hired in LA.

    There are lots of actors who were to be the “next big thing” and let their mouths ruin it for them.

    IE: Katherine Heigl.

    Once she was the next big thing. Now Heigl is roaming around LA… with a bad haircut. And no one returning her calls.

  15. Whatamess! says:

    i always knew she was playing herself on glee& she looks like hell with or without the wardrobe department’s assisstance

  16. JulieM says:

    aenflex: I’m no big fan of LM, but she cannot have a rhinoplasty because it could change her voice. Why do you think Barbra Streisand never had a nose job? Because she loved her big nose? No. Vocalists resonate their voices in their nasal passages and the soft pallet in the back of the mouth. For LM to mess with her nose; she would be messing with the one talent she has, her voice.

  17. GirlyGirl says:

    This is off-topic but

    She’s 25?!? Yikes, she looks at least 30+ to me

    Seriously? 25?

  18. GirlyGirl says:

    This is off-topic but

    She’s 25?!? Yikes, she looks at least 30+ to me

    Seriously? 25?

  19. DarkEmpress says:

    I understand why she is a vegan with her fish face. She was spliced with some kind of fish.

  20. Barker says:

    aenflex: Why does she need a nose job? Her nose is just fine. Do we really need a nation of blond hair blue eyed button nosed women? People need to stop snarking on people’s natural bodies and faces and applaud them for not conforming to stupid “judgments” that are used to degrade people. These kinds of unwarranted comments are a big reason why today’s young women are turning to bullimia and plastic surgery at high rates and such early ages. Women have more to offer than their looks. Besides, your comment has nothing to do with the article. Please let’s all stop bringing down women for the features that God gave them. (Off my soapbox now.)

  21. NM9005 says:

    Forget about being a veggie, just generally wasting food is disgusting. Even for film, for a joke for whatever reason! All that advocating to help the Thirld World countries but when it comes to people everyday lives, they wast money and food like it’s no big deal because they’re greedy and selfish. No concious there…Deplorable.

    Also awful that they attribute Lea’s behaviour to dismissing her as a veggie b*, wow really easy and simple, that way you don’t think about the actions of the people who are actually doing something wrong.

  22. Enny says:

    I agree: colossal waste of food, but if they were going to do it, they just should have used vegan meatballs. This could have been a complete non-story. Sometimes (usually) I think the producers of Glee are the biggest divas, and they’re always trying to incite the actors (especially Lea) to some kind of diva-off. It usually works. Ugh.

  23. Marianne says:

    She actually admitted this in an interview. I mean, not the “Princess Lea” thing. But she did admit to asking if they could only throw lettuce at her.

    Also I agree with what you said JulieM, although I would also like to add…Why should she have to get a nose job anyway? What kind of message does that send to kids…unless you have a small nose…you’re ugly? Everyone is beautiful in their own way…and there is no such thing as perfect.

  24. Harry says:

    This story is way overblown. Those of us who follow practically everything about the show -and DO know what happened due to the first hand comments from the extras. To blow this out of proportion is exactly what I would expect from this type of article. Anything about Glee is sure to get the attention of people -even when it is nothing but a molehill. I also agree that using real meat in a comedy sketch as disgusting and a waste.

  25. michkabibbles says:

    @Barker-thanks for saying what i wanted to say, only better than i could have said it.

    i love celebitchy, but it seems that half the comments are making fun of people who’ve had too much/ bad plastic surgery, and the other half are from people who say they’re sorry to be mean, but then go off on people for not having enough plastic surgery.

    it’s all kind of awful

  26. blc says:

    I’m also vegan, and I’d be annoyed if Lea didn’t react that way. If she actually has ethical reasons why she is vegan then of course she doesn’t want to be throwing meatballs around. Good for her!

  27. Original Chloe ) says:

    two words: leather shoes

  28. L says:

    I have been a vegetarian for about 7 years for mainly ethical reasons, although I do cook meat every day for my husband. We should at least honor the sacrifice the animals and their families unwillingly made by not wasting the meat! I think it’s possible that non-vegetarians can show respect for animals despite eating meat. That is one reason I cook meat for my husband, he will eat any part of the animal and does not waste it. I totally agree with her and do not think she is being a diva. I grew up in a home where we had $40 every 3 weeks or so to feed 6 people…and many people are much worse off. To see them wasting food when many watching do not have adequate nutrition makes me sick!

  29. StephanieMarie says:

    What’s with all the leather shoe comments?
    Shoes can be made with man-made leather, not just cows skin..

  30. Stubbylove says:

    Someone needs to seriously bitchslap this chick.

  31. Stubbylove says:

    Someone needs to seriously bitchslap this chick.

  32. Pyewacket says:

    I am sure her vegan convictions don’t prevent her from slapping on a pair on $1200 Louboutins and carrying a giant leather purse.

    Hate hypocrites. And yes, she has worn Loubou’s, which are NOT vegan friendly.

  33. Modifien says:

    To those saying leather shoes: Do you not know about pleather? There are extremely good fakes out there, especially at the high end.

  34. Kim says:

    I wouldnt consider this a diva act if she was standing up for her beliefs BUT when i see her on the red carpet in leather Louboutins I question the validity of her veganism. Louboutin certainly doesnt make all the styles she wears in pleather.

    Maybe she has good intentions in being a vegan and not eating animal products is a good start but she needs to rethink her clothing choices if she is going to say she is a vegan.

    She is a good, young & famous, role model to turn the younger generation on to veganism but she has to put her money where her mouth is.

  35. Anna says:

    I believe that she’s a diva but I don’t buy the story that she’s hated by the other cast members. All of their twitter accounts are filled with photos of them joking around backstage, on planes and cooking together on their days off or while the show is on hiatus.

  36. Ally says:

    This is hardly diva behaviour. Diva behaviour would imply an inconvienience to someone else for the sake of Lea’s happiness.

    If they had salad there anyways its not like it would be hard to only throw salad on Lea. She didn’t ask them to make the salad special.

    If it makes her happy, and does not hurt or inconvience anyone else, it is not being a diva, its just being smart.

    Also, I worked as an assistent for a Los Angeles based stylist when I was younger, and many of the designers will make custom man-made leather heels, if the star requests it for a redcarpet appearence, and does not want real leather.

  37. grace says:

    I am on her side on this one. It goes against what she advocates for, and wasting meat is ridiculous. People should be blaming who is in favor of this waste, not against.
    Why people who are probably not vegetarians or vegans need to judge her leather shoes? She can have a vegan diet without adopting a complete vegan lifestyle. I don’t see hypocrisy here. To me, hypocrites are those ones who cannot make that sacrifice, and try to invalidate others’ attempt. If you can only advocate for something in case you have an ethical behavior in every aspect of your life, well, there wouldn’t be many people left to advocate for anything.
    I am a vegetarian, and try at all costs not to buy leather shoes, but I understand those who give in because it is so difficult to stick exclusively to synthetic.
    I don’t like her at all, but because someone is a bitchy, that does not mean that everything they do is wrong.

  38. Original Chloe ) says:

    PS I agree on the wasting food issue but also let’s not get too self-righteous in this particular situation: look an average trash bin to see how much food each and every of us wastes every day, not to mention restaurants that throw away tons of food on regular basis.

    Also, do food fights happen anywhere outside the movies? It’s just such an odd idea in general.

  39. Sara says:

    lol… really guys?

    A waste of food?

    I really doubt the Glee’s food fight is going to have any effect on Somalia’s famine.

  40. ol cranky says:

    @tapioca – she’d pitch a fit at Quorn since it’s not a vegan meat substitute (it has egg whites in it).

    I have to admit, I’m kind of surprised they’d use real meatballs for this sort of scene

  41. kazoo says:

    if you’re an actor, you do what’s required in the script. it’s not about you, it’s about the character.

  42. Terry says:

    Have any of you people bothered to have actually watched the episode before you attack Lea Michele? You can see clearly she had spaghetti and MEATBALLS on her along with salad. This site just hates on Lea for no real reason. None of you have first hand experience that she was rude to you in anyway. Yet, you believe every nasty article written about her and attack her.

    Try not to judge so quickly and this site needs to recognize that in the episode she has the meatballs thrown at her just like everyone else. This article is 100% false and your nastiness toward this young girl Lea Michele shows the kind of people you really are. It is so easy for you to hide behind the Anonymity of posting here and being hateful towards someone you do not know.

  43. shaishai says:

    Didn’t she say she only went vegan to keep fit and get more energy for their hectic schedules on Glee?

  44. radon says:

    she looks a little like paz in the top photo.

  45. RocketQueen says:

    Uh yeah, she’s NOT a bitch for this. I’m a vegetarian for ethical reasons and would freak the fuck out if someone threw meat at me, too. Not only is it a sad waste of an animal, it is basically like throwing pork at an orthodox jewish person or alcohol at a recovering alcholic. Have some respect. Jesus.

  46. response to dumb stuff says:

    The owner of this blog is such a bitch and such a hypocrite for calling out other so called bitches. She is stupid as hell too cause she believes everything she reads apparently. And Rachel wardrobe is cute on glee so I have no idea how the wardrobe dept is making her look bad.

    She asked them not to throw meat at her and they accommodated it , end of story.

    It doens’t matter if she wear whatever she simply asked and they were able to do it.

    Plus in an interview she said she asked that so what is the problem?

  47. Carla says:

    I don’t know if this is necessarily true. There was a scene in season one of Glee where the opposing glee club threw eggs at her, and raw eggs are way more gross than cooked meatballs. Plus, eggs are non-vegan, too.

  48. smh says:

    i thought that was demi lovato. but i never watched her or glee.

  49. JaneWonderfalls says:

    This is the same bitch who whore leather boots on the red carpet a couple of years back! Yeah, all you foo animal lovers can shove it! I love my dog and pets and animals in general, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, what about the huge house or condo she lives in, the space that was taking up from animals natural habitat and knocked down to build a set in which she works at everyday, if she gave a fuck about animals she should work with them instead of being an untalented hypocritical whore like most of you bitches on this site!

  50. June says:

    These stories used to be funny for a while. But now I just feel really intense second hand embarrassment for people who write this stuff. And even more for people who believe it. So much blatant stupidity.

  51. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    That red dress is gorgeous, and now I’m craving some sphaghetti.

  52. annie says:

    Here is the behind the scene of the food fight.
    You can clearly see she has no problem with people throwing food at her and she is having a good time. And for people trying to keep saying the cast hate her. See how Naya and Jenna hug her

  53. annie says:

    LOL at this gif taking from the food fight scene. Oh Lea is like more please
    Also as someone said Lea already told this in a interview you just added the diva spin

  54. Mel says:

    OMG everyone calm the f down about the “waste of food” – do you think “prop meatballs” are going to look realistic? No. Then we could go into the “waste of plastic and terrible environmental cost of making more plastic that will just get dumped somewhere” issues associated with plastic meatballs. Yes, there are people starving in the third world – wasting food is not affecting them, they need sustainable, regenerating food sources like farms (sort of), which is where money donated to charities goes – to develop the land they are in in the best way possible, so they are producing food and able to eventually live independently off that, as well as supplies in the meantime. So if you are concerned about that then give money to these charities to continue their good work.

    As for Leas attitude, I suppose if she is genuinely passionate about animal rights and therefore being attacked by meat would genuinely be against her beliefs, then I understand. However, if that is not the case then I agree with kazoo – if its in the script, just do it for goodness sake!

  55. hannah says:

    kazoo, i totally agree. she is an actor, she is playing a part…her personal beliefs shouldn’t be what we are thinking about while watching her, and it shouldn’t be what she is most concerned about. thats what makes a bad actor.

    also, the food was most likely already there, should they have stopped production to go change the props because she doesn’t eat meat? now that would be wasteful.

    and agree 100% with sara. whether they eat the food, throw it at each other or anything else, those starving people in other parts of the world won’t be impacted. this is hollywood, not a charity organization. everything they do is wasteful! but generally entertaining

  56. Catt says:

    As a vegan, I 100 percent agree with her. I would be disgusted if they wanted to throw meat at me. Poor Lea. And guys, you know that they can duplicate certain shoes with fake leather? It’s completely possible, fake leather can look just as real and is ethical.

  57. Francesca says:

    She is vegan, she loves animals, but she is the testimonial of L’Orelal Parise and this is tested on animals! I must say that the girl is very coherent …