Lea Michele Reacts to California Wildfires Evacuation: 'I'm Still Shaking'
By Desiree Murphy
Lea Michele is reacting to the terrifying wildfires plaguing Southern California.
ET caught up with The Mayor star at The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday, where she opened up about the blazes that have torn through homes and neighborhoods, forcing thousands to evacuate their residences.
"[I'm] totally fine," the 31-year-old actress, who resides in West Los Angeles, told ET's Keltie Knight. "I live with [my stylist] Brad Goreski and [his husband] Gary Janetti now. Honestly, thank God for this event this morning because I got up at 5:30 and everyone came to the house. And they're like, 'We need to leave.' So I threw my cat in the bag and left and got ready at Brad's, thank God."
"Everything's OK," Michele said of the current state of her four-bedroom home. "There's so much going on in our world right now. You have to kind of just take the things that mean the most to you and be OK to roll with whatever. As long as I have my cat, I literally don't care about anything else. Nothing else matters. So, that was it. I'm shaking still."
"What's funny is, I was escaping my house in full glam!" she continued. "I had a smoky eye, because we were, like, halfway into glam, and I got to Brad's house and he was like, 'You look great!' This is truly such an incredible event. I've come here every year, and I'm so happy to be here and thankfully everything worked out."
Like many celebrities, Michele shared a video of the fire to Instagram Stories. "This is so scary," she wrote, with a crying face emoji.
Kourtney Kardashian posted a similar video, which she seemingly shot on the freeway while riding in a car.
The first massive brush fire spread through parts of Ventura County on Tuesday, largely fueled by strong Santa Ana winds. USA Todayreports that a new wildfire broke out overnight in Los Angeles in the Sepulveda Pass, where the San Diego (I-405) Freeway cuts a path through the mountains to connecting West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. The fire was near UCLA and the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood, home to many celebrities. The winds are expected to last until Thursday.
See more celebrity reactions below:
I pray everyone in Los Angeles is safe from these fires and THANK YOU to all of the fire fighters working so hard to keep everyone safe!
Soft thoughts for all affected by the fires here in California. I just had a WRINKLE crew member leave early to tend to her home. Thousands being evacuated. I think of those with no resources. Will RT aid links. https://t.co/eJG5WVA6PB
My mom just called to tell me what was going on with the fires in California. My heart and prayers are with the firefighters who are on the ground battling #RyeFire to protect our wildlife, and the lives of so many. To anyone who may be near: please stay safe. ❤️
The fast-moving blazes have already affected TV and film production. Mike DeLorenzo, president of Santa Clarita Studios in Santa Clarita, California, tells ET that he lives near the studio and was not permitted by the firefighters to get any closer than 2 ½ miles from his own home Tuesday evening. They are concerned about the changing winds in his neighborhood that could seriously threaten his safety, "and they wouldn’t budge," he said.
NCIS is one of the shows that operates on another location nearby that's owned by Santa Clarita Studios. DeLorenzo confirmed to ET that they evacuated their cast and crew on Tuesday. However, a rep for the show told ET they are currently in production on Wednesday and "everyone is safe."
Additionally, a rep for HBO confirmed to ET that they had shut down production on Westworld on Tuesday, but is currently scheduled to resume shooting Wednesday. The production will have a Fire Safety Officer on set to monitor conditions throughout the day. Evan Rachel Wood, who stars as Dolores Abernathy on the series, Instagrammed about the smoky conditions in Santa Clarita, where Westworld is filmed.