Lea Michele claims Barbra Streisand sent her a note, but could she read it?

I went into this Lea Michele profile/interview thinking that I would end up writing about Lea’s quote about people telling her to get a nose job, but then the funniest thing happened at the very start of the interview. So, some minor background: there is a years-long internet joke about Lea Michele’s illiteracy. I’ve mentioned it before and Lea even addressed the joke/rumor in a NYT interview this year, only she made it worse. She apparently only recently heard about the conspiracy that she can’t read, which just proves that… she can’t read, because that joke has been repeated online for years. Arguing “I know my lines” is not the same as arguing “I can read my lines.” But I digress. It turns out, Barbra Streisand sent her a letter. Lea can’t tell us what’s in the letter. Because she can’t read it. Some highlights from Town & Country:

She got a note from Barbra Streisand: “It was so surreal and such a wonderful moment. The fact that she acknowledged my performance—I could cry. I called Jonathan [Groff] and Ryan Murphy sobbing.” In fact, the 36-year-old actress isn’t sure she’ll ever let anyone else know what Streisand wrote her. “It was a beautiful, hand-written note that I will cherish. She was incredibly complimentary. It exists. It happened, and now I feel like so many dreams can come true.”

Starring in ‘Funny Girl’: “Honestly, it’s all been one incredible dream on top of an incredible dream.” Growing up, “people would tell me to get nose jobs, that I wasn’t pretty enough for film and television,” she recalls. The comparisons with Streisand were inevitable. “She was an icon for me in my life.”

On Ryan Murphy: “Sometimes I FaceTime him during intermission and say, ‘Can you believe this?’ He’s been such an incredible source of support for me. I’m so grateful for him in my life.”

Her costar Ramin Karimloo, who plays Nick Arnstein: “It’s like playing tennis with someone who’s just as good as you are. It’s thrilling, and our voices just match.”

No wild times on Broadway after the show: “Sometimes Ramin will have a little tequila in my room, but that’s as wild as it gets. My mom asks me the same thing, but calming down is not as hard as you think. I’m really happy to come home,” she says. Once there, she makes two pieces of toast with a lot of butter to eat in bed, “and I’m asleep in two minutes.”

[From Town & Country]

I’m not saying that Lea Michele can’t read, but I will say that she doesn’t do a great job of proving that she can read? What’s in the note Streisand sent you? Oh, I’ll never tell a soul, trust that it’s all complimentary though! It’s also sort of weird and gross about people telling her to get nose jobs, and it just shows the gross need for the entertainment industry to homogenize everyone – there are several generations of actors and actresses who are all interchangeable, little small-nosed blonde bots who look alike. Lea Michele has some terrible qualities but those qualities are about her character and personality – she’s a beautiful woman with an interesting nose. #KeepYourEthnicNoses

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Lady Luna says:

    Yikes! Maybe she’s dyslexic and is embarrassed? I wonder though.

    • Tacky says:

      I wondered the same thing when the rumors about her not being able to read came out. If that is the case the ableism of it is gross.

  2. Noki says:

    If she did have a problem before, surely she has had the resources for decades to have learned how to read by now.

  3. Carobell says:

    Is she trying to morph into Idina Menzel? The change is so startling. The bangs, the cheeks.

    • SarahCS says:

      I did a double take of that head on pic at the end. Not sure I’d have named her straight off.

  4. Eurydice says:

    I don’t understand why she has to prove she can read or even how she could prove it. She seems to be navigating through life ok.

    • Jennifer says:

      At bare minimum, she seems to be able to read a script, so I don’t know why this continues to be A Thing.

  5. girl_ninja says:

    I don’t think she is beautiful but she is attractive with a great nose. And she is a lucky duck to be working opposite Ramin Karimloo.

  6. Suz says:

    Idiot Lea joked about that dumb lie back in 2018.

  7. Fleur says:

    “It’s like playing tennis with someone who’s just as good as you are. It’s thrilling, and our voices just match.”

    OK, Lea

  8. j.ferber says:

    I love a petty bitch who can’t let go of a rumor after 3 years. I AM that bitch, too, so I can relate. Good job.

  9. vespernite says:

    Is it just me or is dude being kind of creepy in the video. She’s married, why is he coming on so strong? When he grabs her chin…Yuck! He’s clearly still in character and she’s like “are we done yet?” LOL