Lea Michele leaves her hotel, New York City, December 4, 2013
Like a true New Yorker, Lea has reverted to a monochrome wardrobe since returned home to the Big Apple during Glee's filming hiatus.
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"A lighthouse doesn’t save the ships; it doesn’t go out and rescue them, it’s just this pillar that helps to guide people home," says Michele three months later. The supertite 5’3" actress is dressed in track pants and a black T-shirt, her bare feet tucked under her on a patio char outside by the pool at her modest airy West Hollywood home. "Someone once told me that, and I love the image. Lately, I’ve been using it as a guiding metaphor." Exactly waht the metaphor stands for isn’t immediately clear: Is she the lighthouse? Is "home" simply a safe haven? But it seems to be her way of describing what she’s searching for, and perhaps what she tried to be for Monteith, before it was too late. "I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life," she continues, both hands wrapped around a mug of tea. Glee was on hiatus when Monteith died, but now the fifth season is under way and Michele finds herself mourning a private loss in public.
In the show’s recently aired tribute, Glee creator Ryan Murphy and his team chose not to explain how Monteith’s character, Finn, died, opting instead to bring together members of the glee club, past and present, to mourn through song. Throughout the episode, the emotional suffering of the characters obviously reflects that of the actors themselves. And none more so than Michele-ever the professional, she recites Rachel Berry’s scripted dialogue but the tears seem real. Her rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Make You feel My Love” reasonates with genuine heartbreak.
I love when I see it in my nose and dark hair. Whether or not I felt the industry would see me that way or accept me - that was always a question. But believing in myself was never a doubt.
GLEE: Rachel (Lea Michele, L), Kurt (Chris Colfer, C) and Santana (Naya Rivera, R) perform in the “Previously Unaired Christmas” Fall Finale episode of GLEE airing Thursday, Dec. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX - UHQ
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Growing up I didn’t feel like I looked like any of the people around me or I acted like any of the people around me. I always knew in the back of my mind that there was another world outside of that and that I was gonna go there one day and people would accept me for who I was and who I am.
“Over the course of two days together for this story, Michele’s eyes mist up a few times. But it’s not until she plays another song, “You’re Mine” recorded well before Monteith’s death that she actually lets go. It’s a comparatively upbeat track built around the notion that one person can belong to another for life. It’s about the way love makes you feel invincible- everything else seems possible, because you have this person on your team forever. As it plays, Michele closes her eyes, sings along and cries. “It makes me so happy, this song”, she shouts over the backbeat, grinning through her tears. “It makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think of him, I play this.”