(30 years old)
29 August 1986
The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
5' 2½" (1,59 m)
(30 years old)
29 August 1986
The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
5' 2½" (1,59 m)
Known for Rachel Berry / Tina Cohen-Chang in Glee (TV Series) . At the age of eight years old, Lea went with a friend to an open casting call for an up-and-coming musical. After spontaneously deciding to audition, she was offered the role and, two weeks later, she was starring on Broadway. Lea debuted on Broadway in 1995 as a replacement for the role of "Young Cosette" in the original New York production of "Les Misérables".
Following her theatrical debut in "Les Misérables", Lea was cast in the role of Tateh's daughter, "the Little Girl", in the 1998 original Broadway cast of "Ragtime" and, in 2004, Lea portrayed "Shprintze" and "Chava" in the Broadway revival of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof".
When she was fourteen-years-old, Lea was given the role of "Wendla" in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical version of "Spring Awakening", starring in early workshops to off-Broadway and, finally, originating the role in the Broadway production at the age of twenty. Around the same time that the show was set to go to Broadway, Lea was offered the role of "Eponine" in the Broadway revival of "Les Misérables". However, she chose to remain with "Spring Awakening", which debuted on Broadway in December 2006. Lea was later nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in "Spring Awakening" in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Musical. After two years of starring in "Spring Awakening", Lea left the show with co-star and good friend, Jonathan Groff, to pursue more performing opportunities.
In early 2009, Lea won the role of "Rachel Berry" on the FOX television smash hit, Glee(2009), and since the show's premiere on May 19, 2009, Lea has since received worldwide critical and public acclaim for her performance on the show. She received the 2009 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical and later won a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well. Along with her award wins, Lea has also received Golden Globe, Emmy, and Teen Choice Award nominations. It has quickly been established by this young woman's impressive and gifted talent, as well as her natural poise and grace, that this is only the beginning of a beautiful and successful career.
Lea Michele Sarfati was born in The Bronx, New York to parents Edith, a nurse, and Marc Sarfati, a delicatessen owner. Her mother is Italian American and Roman Catholic while her father is of Turkish Sephardi Jewish ancestry, and Lea was raised Catholic. Even though she was born in New York, Lea was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey where she eventually attended and graduated from Tenafly High School. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
Trivia*Her father is of Turkish Jewish descent, and her mother is of Italian descent, and Catholic. Lea was raised in her mother's Catholic faith.
She was roommates with Glee (2009) co-star Dianna Agron.
Worked with Glee (2009) co-stars Jenna Ushkowitz and Jonathan Groff on the musical Spring Awakening.
Best friends with actor Jonathan Groff.
Glee (2009) creator Ryan Murphy wrote the part of Rachel Berry with her in mind.
Has two cats with Dianna Agron: "Claude" and "Sheila", named after characters from the musical "Hair".
She was accepted to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but opted to continue working on stage.
She was home-schooled for one year while she lived in Toronto, where she was performing in the original cast of Ragtime and again when the show was brought to Broadway.
Her favorite novel is "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier.
Was in a relationship with actor Theo Stockman since November 2009 but broke up in September 2011.
Named in People Magazine's Best Dressed List of 2010.
In October 2010, Lea performed at a benefit concert for the Painted Turtle, a camp for children with chronic illnesses. The concert celebrated the 35th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where she played the role of Janet Weiss for the benefit.
She is very active in participating in charities for gay rights and animal rights.
Was ranked #7 on FHM 100 Most Sexiest Women in the World.
Was included in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
In April 2010, Lea appeared in a PSA for PETA speaking out against fur, and later that same year in September, she was honored by PETA for her work for animals.
She enjoys baking in her spare time.
When she was not working on Broadway during high school, Lea worked in a Bat Mitzvah dress shop where her duties were cleaning and vacuuming.
On March 25, 2011, in Los Angeles, she got into a car accident while driving home from work. Her car was hit by another car when she was driving, but she managed to walk away without any injuries.
Loves record players.
She has 14 tattoos.
In 2011, Lea jumped up 6 spots from her previous ranking in "The 2011 After Ellen's Hot 100 List", coming in at #10.
Was ranked #28 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2011 list.
Ranked #47 in the 2011 FHM list of " 100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Is a fan of pop singer Kylie Minogue and Fanny Brice.
Ranked #12 in People's "25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25" list in 2011.
In January 2012, Michele became the new spokesmodel for Candies.
Voted #19 on Ask Men's top 99 'most desirable' women of 2012.
Was in a relationship with actor and co-star Cory Monteith from 2011 until his death on July 13, 2013.
Nearly hit Jon Bon Jovi with her car.
She said that if she weren't an actress, she would be a lawyer.
She has wide vocal range. Her range is Eb3 (Give Your Heart a Break) to D6 (the beginning of the Diva episode) In an interview, she revealed she is a belter and soprano. She has belted an A5 during Halo/Walking on Sunshine.
Cory Monteith was the one who gave her a Twitter account and her twitter name @msleamichele. He actually put Rachel Berry as her password but Lea changed it.
Before her audition for Glee (2009), she rented a car and ended up in a car crash minutes before her audition. She ditched the car on the side of the road and ran to her audition. She had chunks of glass stuck in her hair, but was not injured.
Her favorite movie is Casi famosos (2000).
Her personalised workout is a free app on iTunes called Nike Training Club where she goes through her workout and does it with you.
The first concert she's went to was Madonna's.
She is writing a book titled Brunette Ambition.
Natalie Imbruglia, who made the song "Torn" famous, stated that she loved Lea's cover of the song and thinks she'll be successful in which ever career she chooses.
At the Teen Choice Awards 2013, Lea dedicated her Award to Cory Monteith. Cory died of an overdose in July 2013.
Was in an on- and off-screen relationship with her Glee co-star Cory Monteith until his death on July 13, 2013.
Is a spokesmodel for L'Oreal Paris as of 2012.
Won the Best Nonscripted Host or Star Award for Around the Block (2008) at the 2009 New York Television Festival.
Los Angeles, California: Filming season 4 of Glee (2009). [July 2012]
Los Angeles, California, filming season 3 of Glee (2009) and recording the "Glee Christmas" album. [September 2011]
Filming the second season of Glee (2009) in Los Angeles, California, USA. [July 2010]
Lea Michele was announced as the new face of brand Candies. [January 2012]
Filming Noche de fin de año (2011) in New York City, New York, USA. [January 2011]
Filming the first season of Glee (2009) in Los Angeles, California, USA. [July 2009]
Ranked #31 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
Personal Quotes*One of my favorite things about Spring Awakening is that it is enjoyable and important for both kids and adults to see.
I consider myself lucky to be an only child because if I had other siblings, my mother would not have been able to take me to every audition and be so supportive of my career.
I think it's important in this industry to not just conform to what people want you to do, and instead stand by what you believe in - that's something I'm very passionate about.
I had so many people telling me 'NO' and giving me these limits in my life. It's so funny what can happen once you just decide to not listen to them.
I think people should just be proud of who they are, Negative stuff will always be said but it is the girl that can always wake up in the morning and put a smile on their face and continue to do what they do is the one that has the best time.
When I first heard those references used towards me, I found it incredibly hurtful. I'm a girl who knows what she wants. I am outspoken. I am strong and I think that sometimes a strong woman with an opinion is called a diva. If a man is strong and opinionated, he's considered powerful, but if you're a woman, it's regarded negatively.
I've always felt good about myself, that is to say, I've always felt beautiful, but I didn't necessarily think other people thought I was beautiful. Glee (2009) opened my eyes. That's what's so great about the show, it includes all different types of beauty.
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