Lea Michele: Rare Early Footage (VIDEO)

Allow Lea Michele to demonstrate that divas are born, not made. Or at least they start out real early.

Rare footage from 1998 of the Glee star as a precocious, 12-year-old star in the making has been unearthed, showing that Michele was already well on her way to being a seasoned show-biz vet before she even hit middle school. The footage was filmed for a documentary about motherhood, and has been woefully stored in some musty vault until now.

Check out the clip below, to see Lea—who at the time was already the veteran of Broadway productions of Le Miserables—describe how she wants her makeup done just so, and how tough it is for a player to make it in a dog-eat-dog world.

Do you think Lea has changed much in the past 12 years? Let us know in the comments section!

Tags: Glee, Lea Michele