Scream Queen Lea Michele is dating iZombie star Robert Buckley


Lea Michele has really gotten the fuzzy end of the lollipop as far as romance goes. Her on-screen and real-life Glee mate, Cory Monteith, passed away in 2013. Back in February, she was dumped by sketchy “model”/escort Matthew Paetz after a 2-year relationship. The girl deserves some happiness, and she has reportedly found it with adorable actor Robert Buckley.

You may know the 35-year-old from his work on One Tree Hill or his current role as Major Lilywhite on the CW series iZombie. US Weekly broke the story, reporting that the new couple were spotted getting cozy at Santa Monica eatery Milo & Olive on Monday. A restaurant patron told the magazine:

They were sitting at the bar all cuddly. He pushed her chair in for her and everything. They were interlocked the whole time they were sitting at the counter, like arms wrapped around each other at their seats and rubbing each other’s backs.

[From US Weekly]

A source close to Lea, who is currently working on a new album (WHY?) as well as the second season of Scream Queens told E! after her breakup that she was “doing well and is focusing on friends and work” at the time. It looks like she has a new guy to focus on now. The two have also expressed their mutual affection through social media, liking each other’s posts on Instagram. How very millennial of them. I will give Lea this, she did recently tweet a sweet message to her Glee co-star and close friend Jonathan Groff for receiving a Tony nomination for his role in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton.

Even though Lea may be keeping a low public profile, she’s quite busy on social media. Still dealing with the loss of Cory Monteith, she recently posted a photo on Instagram of a tiny tattoo she got of his Glee character’s football jersey number, 5. And, during that same visit to the tattoo parlor, she got a tiny cup of coffee inked on the inside of her finger in memory of her grandmother who passed away last month. More recently, the spin class addict posted a photo with her mother, Edith Sarfati, at an LA area SoulCycle on Mother’s Day. I have a feeling Edith would have preferred a mimosa. Or maybe that’s just my Mom. And the apple sure didn’t fall far from the tree there.

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I admittedly am still not a big fan of Lea’s work, speaking as a former theater major, she comes off as way too theatrical in her roles. She could afford to take it down a notch, even on Scream Queens. That being said, I do feel for her as far as her personal life goes. She’s dealing with some big losses. Hasn’t she suffered enough? I hope she finds happiness with Robert.

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  1. Kate says:

    So much contouring make up

  2. Maria says:

    his weak chin ruins his look.

  3. Bebe says:

    The only thing that I’m going to say is that Lea has handled everything that has happened to her with dignity and class. I don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors obviously but a lot of other stars would have a had mental breakdown. Losing someone is always difficult. Imagine losing that person with the public eye all up on eye. Best of luck to Lea!

  4. CornyBlue says:

    Middle part looks so harsh on her. But Major is such a hottie Go Lea !

  5. Joe says:

    I still do not get this toning it down a bit. Rachel Berry lived life as if she were on the stage. She was over theatrical that is what she was suppose to do. But Lea also had some really great quiet moments in glee too which she did fine with. She also toned down Rachel as Rachel got older. Lea once told a story how the director would basically give her a number of how Rachel Berry they wanted her to be in a scene. So she was doing as directed.

    On Scream Queens she is one of the only actors to get the campiness tone from day one. The other took a while to catch up.

    • Mimz says:

      Totally agree. I think she did her roles justice, and many people mixed up her on-screen persona to her RL, and are just generally “annoyed” by her, because she’s allegedly a “diva”. If we think about it, all these Diva rumours are from the glee days, ever since we’ve never heard from that again. I think it was just marketing for Glee’s ratings. She seems to be lowkey and keeps her life mostly private.

    • Nilber says:

      Scream Queens was my guilty pleasure and I can’t wait to see how corny season 2 will be.

    • Caela says:

      So true. That scene where she breaks up with Finn…’this is what a man looks like, this is how a man loves’…just perfection from her.

  6. Mimz says:

    I like her, she will always be Rachel in my eyes (even if she irritated the sh*t out of me sometimes) and I miss the feeling of watching a few episodes of nothingness, and then a new episode she would just belt out an amazing rendition of a song and I’d be so amazed by her talent!!
    Even if she’s too theatrical, I hope that over time she will become more seasoned and will tone it down. She has much, much more talent than many people in the business.

  7. Erinn says:

    I like her well enough, and he’s super cute. Hopefully this one will work out better than the last guy.

    I’ve noticed I’m really digging guys in glasses. Hubby went for an eye exam and while I’m very happy that at least one of us has good eyes…I was kind of thinking he’d have looked really good in glasses haha.

    • Kitten says:

      He’s the dude from One Tree Hill! He’s really attractive. I’m not a fan of hers but good for her.

  8. Scal says:

    I’ve always loved her friendship with Groffsauce since they were in Spring Awakening together. Hard to believe that was a decade ago-they’ve really been there for each other since then. So say what you will about Lea, but she seems like a loyal friend.

    As for her being ‘to theatrical’-that’s the way the characters in Scream Queen and Glee were written and directed.

  9. Ayra. says:

    Oh… well, it could have been worse. I watch iZombie, and let me just say, I find that Major (Robert) gets completely overshadowed by Ravi’s good looks (Rahul Kohli).

    • Bridget says:

      I’ve only seen Season 1, but I actually like that she and Ravi are just friends. I wish we saw more true platonic relationships between men and women on TV. Of course, now that I said that they’re probably getting together in S2.

    • CornyBlue says:

      Rahul Kohli is everything. He looks that good and is a giant nerd.

    • deadnotsleeping says:

      +1. I adore Ravi. He’s like the non-whiny version of Zach Levi.

    • amilu says:

      I love Ravi, too. But I love Major, too! He won my heart over completely with “Booty call!” “Family emergency.” “Butt dial?”

      I do not support this pairing. Lea Michele seems like a pill, and the whole cast of iZombie seems fun and funny.

  10. Lbliss says:

    Loved her in Glee and Scream Queens! Good luck on this relationship. He’s hot!

  11. AshleyQ says:

    That honker tho…

  12. Madpoe says:

    My first thoughts : “nooooo!”
    I lost so many fantasy tv hubbies this year :)
    but Ravi tho’! lol!

  13. IcedGreenTeaLatte says:

    Lea Michelle strikes me as someone who only refers to herself in the 3rd person & subjects all her long suffering boyfriends and personal assistants to hours upon hours of various interpretations of Broadway show tunes in her spare time. ‘Dahhhhhlings, you simply MUST hear my new interpretation of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. It’s simply divine! In fact, it’s life changing!!! Pure magic! Leah Michelle will single handedly create peace in the Middle East with this song.’ Now would you all bow while I give you an impromptu performance. And if you don’t like it your all fired!!!!!!!!!!’