1998 Video Interview Shows “Glee” Star Lea Michele Always Knew She’d Be Famous

1998 Video Interview Shows “Glee” Star Lea Michele Always Knew She’d Be Famous

Newly-uncovered video footage shows that before she played teenage diva Rachel Berry on “Glee,” Lea Michele was a Broadway child actress who just wanted to be treated normally by the other kids in the sixth grade.

MTV has unearthed never-before-seen footage of Michele at age 12 in 1998, taped with her mom for a documentary about motherhood. In it, Michele, who played the young Cosette in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, comes across as sophisticated as a seasoned celebrity as she talks about trying to be a “real kid” while singing her heart out to audiences every night.

“Being in the business has kind of made me grow up so fast, because I’m around so many older actors, and I just learned so much so fast and everyone says ‘you’re so mature!,’” Michele says, prompting her mother to joke, “You need to loosen up!”:

Whether you think Michele needed to loosen up or not, you have to admit her sophistication and on-camera presence were extremely impressive. If anything, it’s amazing that it would take her so long to become a household name (and, this year, a Golden Globe nominee for her work on “Glee.”)

Nearly a decade later, Michele auditioned for “Glee,” and the rest is history. Here she is talking about how she accidentally got the role of Rachel Berry just by being herself (with excerpts from her very serious audition):

Nearly a decade later, Michele auditioned for “Glee,” and the rest is history. Here she is talking about how she accidentally got the role of Rachel Berry just by being herself (with excerpts from her very serious audition):

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