It's all love
Lea Michele has been working in the industry for over 20 years, but she didn’t do it alone. The Glee alum, who began her career as a child actress on Broadway, has her parents to thank for helping her get to where she is today.
Celebuzz! recently caught up with the star as part of her partnership with Whirlpool, chatting about how her mom and dad, their unconditional support, and what they really think about her recent engagement with boyfriend Zandy Reich.
Lea Michele didn’t rise to superstardom on her own. She has her parents to thank for that.
The Glee star, 31, was recently in Dallas to speak the graduating class of Uplift Peak Preparatory. As part of Whirlpool’s “Congrats, Parents” campaign, which celebrates parents and caregivers for all that they’ve done to support teens during pursuit for education, the actress delivered a commencement speech as a way to thank those who did “everything they did to help students get to where they are today.”
Before taking the stage, Lea told Celebuzz! the campaign was one that was particularly close to her heart, especially since her own parents made a lot sacrifices in order for her to pursue her own dreams.
“Growing up, my parents were so incredibly supportive — not only in helping me get through my high school career, but also my professional career. In the midst of doing all that, they worked constantly and managed to do my laundry, cook meals for me, and do all the dishes,” she said. “This is just a moment to take time and think about all the things that our parents do for us everyday.”
A ‘Sliding Doors’ Moment
Lea was especially “grateful” for her parents’ support when she dropped out of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for a role in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. That leap of faith, she said, was what helped her get to where she is today.
“I got accepted into NYU and went for half a year,” she recalled. “I got cast in a musical, Fiddler on the Roof, which was very exciting for me, but I had to make a very difficult decision in choosing college or Broadway.”
Calling it her very own ”Sliding Doors moment,” Lea explained, “I’m happy with the decision that I made because I was really living out my dream, and I thought the best education for me was actually living it and being on the stage. I’m happy with my choice.”
As for her future, Lea said her parents are equally excited about her recent engagement to boyfriend Zandy Reich. In fact, they can’t seem to get enough of their future son-in-law!
“My parents are so incredibly happy for me as well as my fiancé,” the “Love Is Alive” singer, who announced the happy news on her Instagram late April, told us. “They adore him so I’m very grateful for that.”