Glee's Lea Michele was already a star on Broadway before she hit it big playing Rachel Berry on the hit Fox show, but the road to Hollywood hasn't always been the easiest -- or the most kind. In a new interview with Marie Claire, the 26-year-old singing sensation denies the reports that she's notoriously difficult to work with, as well as opens up about finding love with her Glee co-star Cory Monteith.
"I am a very outspoken person, and if something makes me uncomfortable, you will know that it makes me uncomfortable, but that's as far as it goes," she tells the magazine about her attitude on set. "I can assure you that [the diva rumors] aren't real. It's super-frustrating sometimes, and I used to fight back, but now I feel like, 'You can think what you want about me -- that's OK.' I have the most amazing fans, friends, and family members who have stood by me, and I know that my cast and crew really enjoy working with me. That's all that matters."
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The Lea Michele diva rumors recently hit full swing, when reports surfaced that Glee guest star Kate Hudson allegedly found it a "nightmare" to work with her.
Lea reveals that Kate actually called her up personally to assure her that the comments weren't true.
"[Kate Hudson went] straight to the top of my list because it was so classy of her to take a minute to [address the rumor], even though we both knew it was the biggest piece of crap in the whole world. I told her, 'I love you, and I adore you. Thank you so much for creating a human moment with me,'" she says.
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Lea is also now obviously comfortable talking about her recently confirmed relationship with Cory -- and it's clear that she's smitten with him.
"I don't even remember a time when he wasn't my boyfriend. No one knows me better than Cory. No one knows what it's been like to go through this more than he does," she says. "Feeling like you have that net underneath you allows you to jump higher and go farther. He makes me feel like I can do anything. For the first time in my life, I feel really, really settled and happy. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world."
Marie Claire's January issue hits newsstands Tuesday, December 18th