If that thesis tips over into cheese on occasion, so be it—sometimes our yearnings are super-uncool.As Rachel Berry put it: "There is nothing ironic about show choir."A month or so earlier, over kale and organic red wine at a restaurant in the East Village, Lea Michele—who is tiny in person, and tornado-energetic, and seems so determined to have you like her that it's basically impossible not to—pondered the Lea/Rachel dichotomy in detail. The audition you hear about more often is the second one, because she showed up with glass in her hair after getting into a car accident on the way over.Cowell clearly despised this country, and he felt the same way about the contenders' hopeful little hearts as Jack Bauer did about terrorists' kneecaps, but we put up with him and his show's ruthless winner-take-all competitive-sport pop music paradigm for ten long seasons.'s whole ethos.Asked what the difference between the two shows was, Lea Michele tactfully replied that they were too different to compare.The self-explanatory Tumblr shrines like Fuck Yeah Cory Monteith.And—inevitably—the reams of NSFW slash fiction in which everybody gets it on with everyone else.
Born in the Bronx, Michele grew up in Tenay, New Jersey.Wild and wishful blog-speculation about on- and offscreen couplings.The You Tube tribute videos starring kids in their bedrooms, British hairstylists, and Ben 10 action figures.She loved Natalie Wood and Gilda Radner—"like, Roseanne Roseannadanna," she says, "because that was the only character I felt was spastic or gawky or funny like me"—and decided to devote her life to theater after seeing "Barbra's character is a funny-looking girl with a ridiculous voice who becomes a famous Ziegfeld girl. She's like, ' I can't sing about how beautiful I am, because I'm not beautiful.So I'll make it funny.' I was like, That's "I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn't get one," Michele says. But my mom always told me, growing up, ' Barbra Streisand didn't get a nose job.