Lea Michele covers Allure, dismisses eating disorder and diva rumors


Lea Michele covers the December issue of Allure Magazine, likely to promote both Glee and her supporting part in New Year’s Eve, that ensemble rom-com from hell. Can we just have a word about how hideous this cover and photo shoot are? ROUGH. I think it’s the hair – it dates her. She looks like a jittery, annoying wife at a church bake sale, circa 1974. The interview is predictable – Lea is full of herself, walking the line between “genuine confidence” and “egomaniacal diva-monster”. The Allure slideshow is here, and here are some excerpts:

Lea is confident in her unconventional beauty. “Have I been asked to change anything? Uh-huh. Uh-huh. When I was 15, my mother and I went to meet a manager who said, ‘You have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you.’ My mother would say to me, ‘Barbra Streisand never got a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And this was before I really even knew who Barbra was. I just knew that she was, like, the messiah for girls like me.”

Lea on the rumors that she’s a diva: Michele has heard the stories of her diva-like behavior. At a Time magazine party, when a photographer asked who she was, she reportedly replied, “Sarah Palin”—a remark that was taken to be a snotty “Don’t you know who I am?” “I was being silly,” Michele says. “But anyway, that’s a huge thing I learned…. Not everybody knows you and has the same sense of humor. At the same time, if I couldn’t be myself, I’d lose my mind. I came from the theater 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 L.A., 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.”

Eating disorder rumors: Like many young actresses in the spotlight, Michele became the subject of eating-disorder rumors when she suddenly looked very thin during the summer of 2010. Not so, she says—the weight loss was due to a surgery she had because of an infection in her jaw. “I’m half Italian,” says the actress. “I can eat some bitches under the table.”

The controversial GQ shoot with Terry Richardson: Last year, Michele and Dianna Agron wore sexy schoolgirl outfits and posed provocatively with their Glee costar Cory Monteith. The photos caused an enormous scandal, but Michele defends them vigorously. “People were really offended by this, being that we play high-school students,” she says. “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.”

Her Broadway past: At 20, Michele was a part of the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening. Her role required her and her costar Jonathan Groff to simulate making love onstage every night. “Every night he dropped his pants and I took off my top. So depending on where you were seated—on one side of us or the other—people who were going to see the show would be like, ‘What side were you sitting on? The butt or the boobs?'”

Lea wants to be just like Dame Gwyneth Paltrow: Gwyneth has been a valuable teacher when it comes to ignoring the haters. Paltrow has had her share of “she’s a bitch” assumptions. “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,” Michele says. “That’s what I hate about this business. Before I met her, I was intimidated because of her image. But she’s the greatest.”

[From Allure]

Where to start? Well, last year Lea claimed that she lost so much weight because she had gone vegan. And now we have another “reason”. It’s not important to me anymore because she looks like she gained some much-needed weight back, and it looks good on her. Next: the diva stuff. OF COURSE she worships Gwyneth. Peas in a pod, birds of a monstrous feather. I found this quote disturbing though – “I came from the theater world, where the word ‘diva’ was awesome.” I’ve heard descriptions of what a pill Lea was when she was on Broadway, so if she was being called a “diva” back then, they weren’t saying it as a compliment. Someone just needs to sit her down and say, “It’s not that we ‘don’t get’ your sense of humor. You’re full of yourself and annoying and it turns people off. The end.”





Photos courtesy of Allure.

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  1. Sahara&Co. says:

    She needs nose job. Karl Mulden’s nose has to go.

  2. Nev says:

    the pic of her on bed is great!!!

  3. Jessica says:

    She annoys me, she is a goody-goody 2 shoes. Plain and simple.

  4. Rose says:

    i actually love the hair and styling, she looks like Liz Taylor or something. Gah, i still can’t stand her though.

  5. Happy21 says:

    I can’t hate her. I think she seems confident and maybe a little more but I really like her. Maybe she’s not being straight with why she lost weight but no matter because she’s gained some back. I like her nose. I like that she didn’t get the NJ and kept her profile real.

    The only thing I dislike about her, is her loyalty to GOOP. No, I don’t know GOOPY but I don’t want to. She is a self-righteous quack who comes across as a bitch because I believe she truly is. I can picture her on the Glee set talking down to everyone or overdoing the niceness and the fools thought she was genuinely nice when in fact she was probably talking down to them.

  6. kieslowski says:

    She is truly insufferable, I heard some stories about her as well during her broadway days and she is a monster.

  7. AquaticMusings says:

    UGH. I have been hearing the same nose job story since she became semi famous. Why repeat the same story on a different interview when you have said it a thousand different times. No one cares about your “almost” nose job at 15. UGH go away.

  8. AquaticMusings says:

    Jaw infection? Really? So that would mean you couldn’t eat because your jaw was likely too swollen? I don’t see any evidence of that. Oh, and don’t you know she just couldn’t have an eating disorder because she is ITALIAN. OMG yes it all makes sense. Italians don’t get EDs.

  9. LeManda says:

    I feel no need to hate her. But I also don’t think she needs a nose job. She’s beautiful and has an amazing voice. Let her be a Diva, she’s not hurting anyone.

  10. JustJen says:

    Altering the nose would alter her singing voice. Can she get a sense of humor surgically implanted?

    Idolizing Fish Sticks is not good for the career. There’s only one Dame Gwyneth and you aren’t it, sweetie…

  11. ocean says:

    i dont think she needs a nose job. Her nose is fine, and she carries herself well and that is what is beautiful to me. Anybody remember Jennifer Grey from dirty dancing. She was known for her looks particularity her nose, and she went and later had a nose job and nobody recognized her anymore.

  12. missie says:

    Wow the first pic is really making me think Amy Winehouse.

  13. lucy2 says:

    The styling is interesting in theory, but doesn’t work well for her.
    Vegan? Jaw infection? Yeah…whatever.
    Bad idea to try to be like Goop.

  14. MSat says:

    Nice granny panties.

  15. Reece says:

    I saw the BH Housewives next to her face and thought, yeah she looks like a BH housewife here.
    A BHH that just got the reality check that her marriage is a sham when her husband didn’t come home last night. She has to now decide if she’s in it for love or money.
    Give her some gin!

    I’ve been watching too many old movies lately.

  16. Kacie says:

    Every. Single. Interview. I read of hers she tells that story about some manager years ago telling her she needed a nose job and how her mother wouldn’t allow it because of Babs. I read this post to see if my theory stands up. It does! Seriously, tell a new story.

  17. guilty pleasures says:

    @LeManda, we seem to be on the same page, let her be a diva, why not?
    We rag on people for being full of confidence? Why? In order to succeed in that cutthroat business you have to be thick skinned as well as, well, being a rock star!!
    Leave the ordinary to those of us who have chosen to be, I like to think that some people have striven for the greatness they have achieved.

  18. Mae says:

    I like the styling. I think it works for her.

  19. rightgrrl says:

    @missie ME TOO!

  20. Incredulous says:

    I didn’t hear the stories about her during her Broadway days. Someone tell the stories about her during her Broadway days.

    For science or something.

  21. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Mandibilar prognosticism is ruining the embouchere of a nation and an emergency double vegan-ectomy is no joke. Here comes the courage: though she certainly would have had her jaws wired shut, she never stopped talking. You haters are just being a conspiracy of Strei-hards and you’re just jealous because her sinus infections are better behaved than your fat cult of fatty fatties families. I’d like to see you guys post photos of your surgery detrius, it’s probaly way worse than hers would have been.

  22. Denise says:

    Goopy and Tranny Diva; great match!

  23. RocketMerry says:

    Really? I liked the hair. It makes her very Sofia Loren, very ’50s Italian woman. Cute.

  24. Jilly says:


  25. Lairen says:

    I personally loved this photo shoot! Just from seeing the thumbnail pic of the article I thought, “oh, she looks gorgeous.” It’s lovely and retro, IMO.

  26. lol says:

    Oh vey what a SCHNOZ :S

  27. kas says:

    Can we give her an award for not getting a nose job so she’ll SHUT UP about it.

  28. T.C. says:

    So she is admitting that she is a diva but saying that it’s not a bad thing to be a diva. Oh boy the ego on this girl…

  29. Happy21 says:

    I, too, have heard the nose job story a million times. BUT, in her defence, what people say in interviews is very often cut and limited to make certain things stand out. And the person is interviewed which would mean they ask a question pertaining to that certain thing. And while I’m tired of hearing the same story, at the same time maybe in Lea Michele’s life that was a moment that really, really stands out.

  30. Jover says:

    I agree kacie but what other story does she have to tell she has become a typical celeb living in a bubble; they keep trying to make her happen but in a recent USA today it said viewership for Glee has dropped something like 21%; when Glee goes after this season so will she; its not like she’s going to front a rock band and sell out venues – her pr and marketing is far more extensive than her legitimate fan base.

  31. theotheryael says:

    i also want to know about these broadway days stories. please share!

  32. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    My nose is also my least pretty feature so on the one hand I’d love to see more celebrities without the conventional bunny nose but on the other hand why does it have to be a pill like Lea.

  33. Jules says:

    When did Fishsticks become a ‘Dame’? Hasn’t the Queen given that title away WAY too much? And why would anyone want to be like her????????

  34. bros says:

    she looks like sophia loren in drag.

  35. hillbilly in the corner says:

    Why does she have to talk about her nose all the time……So she got a big honker … So what…….at leasst that keeps her from being another Hollywood barbie doll clone like the rest of the women in her age group ….Embrace your own looks a revel in the difference….

  36. Scarlet Vixen says:

    The term “diva” on Broadway means something competely different–it refers to your skill as a singer and your star quality, like opera. It actually is a compliment. It doesn’t mean high-maintenance b*tch like you guys use it on here, it’s more like “Damn this girl can sing and act her *ss off! She’s a star! She’s a diva!”

    And to be fair about talking about her nose constantly, it’s because the interviewers ALWAYS ASK her about it. Maybe it’s because they think it’s the only interesting thing about her, I dunno. It’s not like a mag employee just says, “Hey, send me an email and I’ll reprint it.” It’s someone asking her specific questions. Kinda like Goop and her cooking, or Angelina Jolie and her charity work, or Jenny McCarthy and autism, etc.

  37. Harper says:

    I really don’t feel like she comes off particularly arrogant or insufferable here. I don’t think she always words things well, but I really don’t get a mean-spirited or superior vibe from her. But then I’m a fan, so I may be biased. You’re absolutely right about the hair, though. Not a good choice.

  38. Marianne says:

    People complain she brings up her nose so much, and yet look at the amount of comments who say she needs one. She might think she needs to re-address it. Or who knows the interviewers might be asking about it.

    I would rather here for the thousand time she loves her nose, then hear something really negative.

  39. Happy21 says:

    If she got the nose job we’d call her on it and say that she should have stayed the way she was.

    I remember Ashlee Simpson always talking about how her nose stood out and made her different and that she liked it that way then all of a sudden she looked like a completely different person…but what always confused me about Ashlee was that her nose got bigger again!?

  40. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I rather hear more about Amy Adams! What is CB obsession with this chick? She stars on a shitty dragged out show…Next—–>

  41. Lini says:

    She’s so stunning and unique, and I love her on “Glee”; she’s an amazing singer. And I love the hair, at least on the cover picture!

  42. Emma says:

    It’s like when you’re in Junior High and you’re like, “I don’t like him. Really. Honestly. I swear..” Trying to convince everyone else, when the opposite it apparent. You can tell it bugs her.

    Maybe on the series finale, Barbara Streisand will guest and will tell Lea Michele’s character that it’s all about inner beauty. “Rachel, don’t alter who you are for anyone. Embrace and love yourself, and you will always be successful in life and love.” They will hug it out and the duet will happen, the cast will cry, and the curtain will close…Followed by another mag interview about working with Babs and how her nose didn’t get in the way of her dreams either…/broken record

  43. lisas says:

    I hated that GQ shoot and I don’t give a shit that she plays a high school kid. I hated that shoot because it was tacky and classless and gross. That one shot of her spreading her legs over a gym bench is the exact reason why I can’t stand to see her do anything. Absolutely revolting. Get some pride, woman.

  44. Emily says:

    I didn’t even notice her nose until she started talking about it all the time.

  45. Mi says:

    I think that she looked gorgeous in these pictures!

  46. I Choose Me says:

    Really don’t like this chic but I kinda dig the photo shoot and her look in them.

  47. CJ says:

    Generally my attitude towards this chic is Meh but I actually LOVE these photos, and that she kept her real nose. Women don’t all have to have small perky button noses and cat alien faces to be beautiful.

  48. kimberly says:

    well we’ll see what happens after Glee gets cancelled due to dropping ratings, non-entertaining storylines, and the old farty songs they sing.

  49. cutelittlehappything says:

    On a different note, if there were to be an Amy Winehouse biopic I think she’d make a better Amy than Lady Gaga would.

  50. alyssa says:

    Yawn. Gross. Never been a fan of Glee, mostly because of her and her annoying singing voice.

  51. MymaJane says:

    It looks like she’s smelling her fingers in the third photo.

  52. lc rime says:

    I dont have a reason to dislike her? But I kinda do.. dislike her. Its not because her face shouts “not pretty”? I guess I just dont know what all the hype is about with her. Thats mean I know. She bores me.. NEXT

  53. Jen says:

    when Glee is over…she’ll be over.

  54. Vera says:

    Wow…from glancing of the CB page I thought this was some spread on Amy Winehouse before looking closer and reading…this shoot just looks too much like it is trying to be something it isn’t. I feel I will never be able to bring myself to like her.

  55. Skinnybetch says:

    I have never seen an episode of Glee, but her bitchiness totally shines through in this interview. Why do these celebritards think the public is stupid and can’t see through their phony baloney public image designed by their publicist and pr people. Get over yourself already. Zzzzzzz

  56. Angel says:

    “You’re full of yourself and annoying and it turns people off. The end.”

    no. I, personally, love her persnickety, diva-esque personality. I do believe confidence gets wrongly called arrogance w/ this one; all too common with women who don’t shy away from attention, embrace their talents, speak their minds and know what they want. Which is sad.

    Love her in general, and these photos are superb.

  57. kikay says:

    Liz Taylor and Sofhia Loren MUST be rolling in their graves right for comparing them to this Ms,Thang!And for the record she don’t need a nose job,no she don’t,she need a face replacement.

  58. Meggers says:

    She has the sex appeal of a rash… and seems as about as annoying.

  59. Mila says:

    @kikay Sophia Loren is alive.

  60. kikay says:

    @Mila; oh yeah ,i forgot,thanks,still it’s being disrespectful comparing her to the great Sofia Loren,have you seen her when she was younger,she’s smoking hot and so classy with a coca cola body,whereas this one,i can’t anymore!

  61. Mila says:

    @kikay Yes, i agree with you. Sofia is one of my favorite actresses and she still looks amazing.

  62. RocketMerry says:

    I’m Italian, and I can assure you that in those pictures Lea does remind of Sofia Loren and MANY other Italian women. She just has the typical Southern-Italy face features. Not being disrespectful: Sofia was and is very South-Italian looking and so is Lea.

  63. sosuzy says:

    I think she should reconsider the nose job… without all the “primping” and specially angled photography… she would be quite ordinary…

  64. kikay says:

    @RocketMerry;no disrespect to you or southern italian women,but i don’t see the resemblance or any features of Sofia to this girl,and i’ve seen a lot of Sofia Lorens movie back when she was younger,she was a knock out ,face wise or body wise.

  65. Liz says:

    No need for nose job.

    If she wanted to lift the tip a bit and narrow nostrils she should go for the Nosesecret inserts for an instant quick and easy fix, but No surgery

  66. mollination says:

    So she annoys some because they think she is a goody two-shoes, and others because they think she is a diva…..are you guys sure you’re not just watching the television show and confusing fiction with reality? She isn’t the character she plays on Glee. I’d bet that many of these “rumors” we’re all pinning our assumptions of her upon are founded out of the character she plays.

  67. jayem says:

    That is the best I have seen her look, even though she is still an insufferable twat.

  68. June says:

    Gorgeous eyes. Great, big Italian hair! lol. Love this photo shoot actually.

  69. Sarah says:

    OMG Lea someone told you to get a nose job??? I had NO idea. If you’re so confident in your fucking nose you’d stop blabbing about it. She’s worse than Kim Kardashian’s talking about her weight all the time.

  70. Abigail says:

    I wondered why she lost all that weight too so I looked it up. She never said it was because she went vegan, people just took a quote of her saying that going vegan made her healthier and used that to speculate. I think she looks great and I think she seems like an awesome person.

  71. christy says:

    I love how the haters say glee and her wont be back. And she is still here with glee more popular than ever. She is confident. It just comes across as over confident unless you understand her personality which is happy, smiley, and talkative.