Lea Michele covers Prestige Hong Kong March 2012. It’s an oddly-posed, oddly-staged photo shoot with Michele looking into the middle distance with a laboured facial expression. Honestly, the styling’s not horrible but it’s a pretty poor shoot. But then all Prestige’s shoots are styled and posed to be samey.
It’s a long interview in which Michele name-drops Gwyneth Paltrow and sort of denies dating Glee co-star Corey Monteith despite the Life & Style exclusive that the two were dating, weeks ago, and the follow-up claims about their dining together and Us Weekly being lame and stealing the story, passing it off as an Us Weekly exclusive (Us does that a lot, it stole the exclusive about Jessica Biel being engaged, with no real confirmation to be found in its story, passing two-week-old information from Twitter off as its own).
That said, the interview dates itself with a reference to the Ricky Martin cameo on Glee February 7, calling it “last week’s episode,” putting this sit-down some time around Valentine’s Day… and she and Monteith were first spotted out on Valentine’s and everything’s reportedly very new with them.
On the Glee cast being friends: “We have sort of bonded together in a way, like what we’ve been through no one else can really understand. We have this incredible connection as a cast. We’re sort of inseparable. If we didn’t get along the way we did, I think you’d be able to see it in these episodes. The fact that we are such a family, I think that transcends, and I do think that is one of the reasons why the show is as successful as it is. [P]eople can try to make up as much drama as they like, but the truth is that we really are the happiest family.”
On the part of Rachel Berry being partly written for her: “[Show creator] Ryan Murphy and I met in 2007 and he went on to write the show afterwards with me in mind for Rachel. There weren’t any other girls in the final round that I was up against, but I still had to audition for the studio and network by myself. I was lucky that I was really the only one, but I still had to prove myself.”
On her favourite Glee guest stars: “Everyone is so fantastic. We have such great people who come on. I mean, it’s like everyone that they pick is so fantastic. I had such a great time with Gwyneth [Paltrow], though. She’s such an awesome person. I can’t believe the fact that I’ve had the opportunity to work and sing with Gwyneth Paltrow. She is definitely up there as one of my favourites.”
On kissing Ashton Kutcher in New Year’s Eve: “That was actually the first scene we did. It was day one of shooting. The first thing I did was that scene. We didn’t do it too many times. Garry Marshall is a very fast director, so maybe we just did it a handful of times. I come from Broadway [laughs]. I’ve done a lot of things. That’s child’s play compared to some of the stuff that I’ve done.”
On making Maxim’s Hot 100 list… at number 28: “Actually, I didn’t know that I was until you just told me. That’s awesome! That’s really cool. I’m a role model to a lot of young girls who watch Glee and it’s important for me to remember that in my daily life and in the roles that I choose right now. For things like that, I think that it’s an honour. I still sort of don’t see myself in that way. But why not? I think it’s really cool that people see me as being that kind of sexy person. I see it as just sort of a side of me.”
On being a television-addicted homebody: “Well, I do have 14 tattoos. But I also do come home every single night and watch reality TV with my cat. I’d say for the most part I’m a very outgoing person. I have a lot of energy. I love being around people. But I’m not wild in the sense of ‘going out’ wild. I’m much more homebody. I’m much more being in intimate places with people. I definitely say I am an outgoing person. I’m an energetic, spontaneous person. But the wild stuff… if it’s there, it’s private.”
On being single: “I was in a relationship for a very long time [with Theo Stockman] and I’m newly single now for the past couple of months and just enjoying taking care of myself and working right now at this point in my life.”
On her future goals: “Well, for the past five to 10 years I’ve had the opportunity to do a little bit of everything. I was on Broadway. I did an arena tour this summer. I did a movie. I did an animated movie. I’m on a television show. I’ve gotten to work for some of my favourite charities and do things that I feel like I’m making my mark in the world and for the planet. I have had a number-one song on the iTunes charts, sold thousands of records from the show. And my dream would be to continue to be able, as an actor, to do all those things.” – via Prestige Hong Kong Magazine.