Lea Michele: I Was Told I Wasn't Pretty Enough to Be Famous

As an up-and-coming actress, the Glee star battled managers who recommended a nose job to get more work -- "I proved them wrong"

Looking at this gorgeous photo of Lea Michele, it's hard to believe that the Glee star could ever get anything but praise for her appearance. But the actress says that, as she tried to break into the business, she had to endure plenty of criticism.

"How many managers told me, 'Get a nose job. You’re not pretty enough?'" she recalls in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar. "But I proved them wrong."

Now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood -- and a soon-to-be McKinley High graduate -- Michele says she's barely scratched the surface of what she wants to achieve.

"I don’t stop," she says of her work ethic. "It’s my nature. People have to tell me to slow down. I plan on playing every role on Broadway … I want to do movies, make music. Glee is only the beginning."

Talk about motivated!

And for those who mistake her ambition for smugness, the 24-year-old says she and her castmates are just embracing their opportunities.


"People have to remember this is all new for us," she explains. "We’re all reasonably young … I’ve learned some lessons. But people are going to say what they want to say. I know who I am, and I’m not perfect."

More and more we're realizing that there are stunning similarities between Michele and her Glee character Rachel Berry. And though Rachel is often misunderstood, she's simply driven by her dreams. Sound familiar?


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