'Glee': What Has Lea Michele Been Doing Lately?
Lea Michele is most well-known for her role of "Rachel Berry" on Glee from 2009-2015. But what has she been up to since the show ended? Read on to find out!
Lea's Life Before Glee
The 33 year-old was born as Lea Michele Sarfati and raised in the New York area. As a young girl growing up nearby the Big Apple, Lea became very active in Broadway and on her very first audition dropped her surname to create the stage name we know her by today, Lea Michele.
Her first role came when she was 8 years-old in the play Les Miserables as the young "Cosette". She starred in numerous Broadway plays, such as Spring Awakening and Nero before landing the role of "Rachel" on Glee.
The role of "Rachel Berry"
The role of "Rachel Berry", the talented star of the high school glee club was actually written by Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy specifically for Lea. Lea would go on to star in all 6 seasons of Glee for a total of 121 episodes as the series leading role. Some hit songs she sang on the show include her cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" and All American Rejects "Gives You Hell", which rose to the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Her performance as "Rachel" won her numerous awards, including the 2009 Golden Globe for Best Actress-Television Series Musical or Comedy and the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Lea Michele Today
Lea Michele has stayed busy since Glee ended in 2015. In 2015 she started recording on her second studio album, Places and in 2017 she headlined at the third annual Elsie Fest, a musical festival started by her Glee co-star Darren Criss. Lea also has reoccurring roles on the hit series American Horror Story. In 2019 she released her third studio album, Christmas in the City and also starred in the ABC holiday film Same Time, Next Time.
Lea enjoys performing at philanthropy events, often performing at benefit concerts and fundraisers for organizations such as The Painted Turtle and Human Rights Campaign. She recently married Zach Reich, who works for clothing brand AYR. Check out some cute pictures from her Instagram here!