Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Kidzworld Logo

Lea Michele Bio

One of our fave new shows this season is Glee - about a high-school glee (or song) club whose members are an unlikely group. One of those high-school singers is named Rachel Berry, a really talented singer whose enthusiasm often makes her seem like a teacher’s pet or a suck-up and causes her to be teased by some of her classmates. That character is played by a very talented young actress named Lea Michele.

Lea From The Bronx

Lea was born in The Bronx, New York (remember that J-Lo song, Jenny From The Block? Jennifer Lopez was born in The Bronx, too). Her name at birth was Lea Michele Sarfati - she obviously dropped her last name and now uses her middle name in its place.

Lea’s dad was a deli owner and her mom was a nurse, so we’re assuming she led a pretty normal, middle-class life growing up in Tenafly, New Jersey. But when she first got on stage – replacing the actress originally slated to play the Young Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Miserables in 1995 – her life became anything but normal as Lea entered the world of acting full force.

On Broadway

Since then, Lea’s starred in a number of Broadway shows, like Ragtime, Fiddler On The Roof and Spring Awakening. Since all these productions were musical theatre shows, it was clear that Lea could sing as well as act. In fact, her powerful voice can be heard on the original cast recordings of all three plays mentioned above.

Glee Club

All that acting and dancing led to Lea’s current starring role as Rachel Berry on the hit TV show Glee - a part that’s pretty much made her a household name. But here are some things you may not know about Lea in real life:

  • She won a Grammy Award in 2008 for one of her Broadway roles.
  • She lives in L.A. with her two cats, Claude and Sheila.
  • She has a whopping EIGHT tattoos!
  • She loves the show Biggest Loser.
  • She loves coffee and sushi.
  • She’s got a major crush on Zac Efron.

Video: Up Close With Lea Michele

Related Stories:

Related Stories

Micro_dianna agron micro
Dianna Agron became an overnight sensation for playing Quinn Fabray on Glee. Find out more in her...
You probably know Heather Morris as the clueless cheerleader Brittany known for her one-liners on...
Kidzworld has the info and fun facts on the Glee star, Cory Monteith!

Do You Like Musicals?

  • Yeah, I love singing along to the songs!
  • The only musical I like is High School Musical.
  • Musicals are too cheesy.
  • I've never watched a musical.

Entertainment In The Forums

Tyler13coool posted in Movies:
a movie about the past 1997 it's retro 80s about a post apocalypse nucular war planet where you scavange to survive it's gory somewhat but a good movie about this kid who funds a lazer gun and becomes a hero and saves his friends!
reply 2 days
hight in the sky not a cloud is on ground and goats live on it and it once exploded what am I.
reply 2 days
ishani15 posted in Celebs:
iisuperwomanii wengie alishamarie maybaby mostlysane 
reply 3 days
Lolly20 posted in TV Shows:
yeah i love it 8) 8) 8) 8)
reply 3 days
ninjagirl111 posted in Movies:
Hello, this is where the anime people talk! :)
reply 4 days