Lea Michele’s Inspiration List: The People, Places, and Things That Changed Her Life

Posted by Ali in May 07,2014 with Comments Off

Teen Vogue spoke with Lea who shared with them her Inspiration List of the things that have inspired and changed her life.

Let’s be honest—we could all take a few pages out of this superstar’s book.

If we had to choose one way to describe Lea Michele (besides “funny,” “gorgeous,” and “extremely talented”), we would pick “inspirational.” Not only does she play one of the most musically dynamic characters on television, she also has an incredible outlook on life and a repeat-worthy album to boot.

But off the stage and outside the studio, the star is (somehow) even more admirable, supporting charities for everything from LGBTQ youth to homelessness, and serving as an ambassador for L’Oréal’s Women of Worth, which is all about celebrating those who make a difference in their communities through philanthropy. “I feel so blessed to have such a cool job and a great life and family,” she says, “but at the end of the day, giving back is truly what makes it all worth it.” Um, role model much?

So obviously Lea inspires us, which got us thinking: Who (and what, and where) inspires her? We asked her to share her biggest influences—and now they can be yours, too.

Favorite Songs
“Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You)’ is one of my favorite songs about strength and power. It was written by Ali Temposi who also wrote ‘On My Way’ for my record Louder.”

“‘Firework’ by Katy Perry gives me strength and makes me smile.” (You might also remember that Glee did an excellent rendition of the track.)

Favorite Female Performers
From one Teen Vogue cover girl to another, “Lorde is amazing. She writes all her own songs and they’re like poetry.”

“Sia is an incredible singer but also a fierce song writer. Her songs are so powerful, raw, and truthful.”

“I love Alanis Morisette. She’s so amazing! All of her songs are lyrically so beautiful and vocally she’s so strong.”

Favorite Movie
If you’ve ever seen an episode of Glee, this answer may not come as a surprise to you: “My favorite movie is Funny Girl. I love Barbra Streisand and her character Fanny Brice is so inspiring. She’s a woman trying to balance fame and love and she always leads with her heart which I admire. But she’s so strong and true to herself.” (How stunning does Lea look playing Fanny in a Glee episode?)

Favorite Place
“Anywhere in New York City brings me inspiration. Just walking down the street while listening to music makes me feel strong and confident.”

Favorite people
“My family and friends are such great inspiration for me all the time. I think it’s so important to surround yourself with positive strong people who motivate you and make you a better you.”

And some last advice on confidence and self-worth: “Being your true self is the best, most empowering thing you can do. Finding joy and peace within is the greatest thing and makes you feel invincible and unstoppable.”

Costume Institute Gala

Posted by Ali in May 06,2014 with Comments Off

Last night Lea attended the Costume Institute Gala at the Met in New York City. Lea wore a gold custom Altuzarra gown which she accessorized with jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz and Christian Louboutin heels. A giant thank you to my friends Claudia & Holly for sending some of these pics to me!

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Loving Lea Michele > 2014 > May 5 | Costume Institute Gala

Event Pics from the Last Month

Posted by Ali in Apr 27,2014 with Comments Off

I am all done playing catch up … the last edition to the gallery are the events Lea has done over the last month that were missing from the gallery! Included are pics from the A Taste of Cure event this weekend!

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Loving Lea Michele > EVENTS and APPEARANCES > 2014

Lea in Domaine Home

Posted by Ali in Apr 26,2014 with Comments Off

Lea is featured in the new issue of Domaine Home …

When actress and singer Lea Michele asked us to help transform her outdoor space, we jumped at the chance. “The two things I wanted were to add color and to make it more comfortable,” says Michele of her idea for an outdoor space better suited to hosting in LA’s near-perfect weather. With that in mind, our own Estee Stanley and Mat Sanders reimagined spring’s palette in fresh Sunbrella fabrics, plopped concrete poodles from LA’s Inner Gardens on the poolside, and transformed Lea’s space into an outdoor wonderland using mixed pieces from Crate & Barrel‘s spring outdoor collections. Read on for Lea’s tips on nailing the looks she loves most in your own backyard.

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Loving Lea Michele > Outtakes > 2014 > 005

Glee Stills

Posted by Ali in Apr 26,2014 with Comments Off

I have gotten a bit behind on updates so I am playing catch up. I have added the most recent episode stills from Glee to the gallery!

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Loving Lea Michele > Glee > Season Five > Episode Stills

Cannonball Studio Video

Posted by Ali in Apr 15,2014 with Comments Off

Lea released this studio video of her song “Cannonball”

Glee Will Time Jump—and Won’t Be in New York—for Final Season

Posted by Ali in Apr 15,2014 with Comments Off

E!Online spoke with Glee creator Ryan Murphy on the plan for the final season!

Let the Glee mystery begin!
Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has dropped quite the unexpected little bomb about the Fox hit’s sixth and final season:

It won’t be New York-centric. It will jump forward in time. And it will directly involve only a handful of core characters—although Murphy insists that for the final year, “anybody who wants to come back can come back.”

“Everything sort of builds to a head [in the current season’s finale],” Murphy explained to a small group of reporters Monday. “I would say explosion is too harsh of a word, but something big happens and then the final season is the aftermath of that.”

Tonight’s episode, “Tested,” gives fans a flavor of what the new “young adult” era of Glee is about: The storylines are heartfelt, intimate and at times, funny, and center on more mature topics, like STD testing, and complex relationship drama for Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Sam (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes (Amber Riley).

Murphy admits the current season of Glee has had its kinks, but believes the show is undergoing a significant creative resurgence in the next few episodes.

“When Glee first started out, there were six kids in glee club as I recall,” Murphy told reporters. “At one point, I felt like it was a cast of thousands, and the Lima stories were all supposed to be through the prism of Cory [Monteith]’s character, and that didn’t work out. So you know, we had to punt for a little bit but I think once we got our bearings back, the idea of let’s concentrate on six people that we know and love and really work hard on their evolution I think has really served the show well. And that’s where we’re going.”

Murphy also revealed that writers are still grappling with the question of whether Rachel (Lea Michele) should get a new love interest after the tragic passing of Finn (Monteith), saying, “To be quite honest, we just haven’t been able to crack it,” and adding that he will once again look to Lea for direction. “She’s always been so sensitive and so wise in how to handle that stuff,” Murphy says.

Murphy also answered definitively whether there were any plans for a spinoff of any character after Glee ends, what fans can expect from the episode that Chris Colfer wrote (and how he might direct next season), and what Murphy is now planning for the very final scene of the series. Read on for the full scoop and conversation….

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Kids Choice Awards

Posted by Ali in Mar 30,2014 with Comments Off

Lea looked beautiful in pink at last night’s Kids Choice Awards! I have added a bunch of pics to the gallery! A giant thank you to Claudia for donating some of the pics.

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Loving Lea Michele > 2014 > March 29 | Kids Choice Awards

Three More Seventeen Outtakes

Posted by Ali in Mar 13,2014 with Comments Off

I have three more outtakes from the newest photoshoot that Lea did for Seventeen Magazine!

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Loving Lea Michele > Outtakes > 2014 > 001

Exclusive Glee First Look: Lea Michele and Others Go Behind the Scenes of Episode 100

Posted by Ali in Mar 13,2014 with Comments Off

Can you say “100″? The cast of Glee can — and does, several times — in TVLine’s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Tuesday’s milestone episode (8/7c, Fox).

Along with a sneak peek at one of the episode’s highly anticipated remixes, the video also features interviews with the stars as they reflect on some of their favorite memories from the past five seasons. For Matthew Morrison, the first day he shot with Cory Monteith remains the most special.

“I still remember the first scene we ever shot for this show was me and Cory,” Morrison says. “I just remember that moment, and I don’t know why, but that’s the moment that’s kind of sticking out the most for me today — just that first scene we ever shot for Glee.”

To watch the video go to TVLine’s website!