Lea Michele confronts bullying and slams rumors she can’t read

Lea Michele sat down with the New York Times ahead of its Broadway premiere and played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Samantha Marie Ware came forward in 2020 to accuse Michele of committing “traumatic microaggressions” against her on the set of the Fox musical comedy. Ware said Michele threatened to have her fired, among other forms of bullying. Glee star Heather Morris endorsed Ware, writing on Twitter that Michele “should be called out” given “the disrespect” with which she “treated others for as long as she did.”

Michele told the Times that the allegations of bullying against her have led to an “intense period of reflection” on her behavior at work. The actress drew a line from her steady demeanor to her early days as a child star on Broadway, where her perfectionism was instilled.

“I have an advantage for myself. i work really hard I leave no room for error,” said Michele. “That level of perfectionism, or that pressure to be perfectionism, left a lot of blind spots on me.”

The bullying allegations cost Michele her appearance as a spokesperson for HelloFresh, who said she “does not condone racism or discrimination of any kind”. According to the actress, being able to reflect on her behavior following the allegations has empowered her to land a leading Broadway role in Funny Guy.

“I really understand now how important and valuable it is to be a leader,” she said. “It means not only going in and doing a good job when the camera is on, but also when it’s not. And that wasn’t always the most important thing for me.”

Michele declined to further discuss Ware’s allegations, adding that she “don’t feel the need to settle things through the media.” One media issue that Michele has addressed, however, is the ongoing social media rumor that claims she can’t read or write.

The rumor first gained momentum after “Glee” star Naya Rivera wrote in her memoir that Michelle refused to improvise during a scene. One More Thing podcast hosts Jaye Hunt and Robert Ackerman joked that since she never commented on Rivera’s story, Michele probably can’t read. Social media picked up the joke and turned it into meme fodder that continues to spread.

“I went to ‘Glee’ every day; I knew my lines every day,” Michele said. “And then there’s a rumor on the internet that I can’t read or write? It is sad. It’s really. I often think if I were a man, a lot of that wouldn’t be the case.”

Visit the New York Times website to read Michele’s latest profile in its entirety.

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