As if we millennials need more proof that we’re indeed getting older, we find out that the actress behind one of the TV show characters who were part of our binge-watching episodes is getting married soon!
Former Glee star Lea Michele announced via Instagram that she just got engaged to her boyfriend Zandy Reich. Reich is the president of women’s clothing brand AYR. The two had been dating for over a year but had been friends long before that. These posts are sure heartwarming!
Michele had an early start in her career by simply joining her friend in an audition. It was for the role of Young Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway in 1995, when Michele was eight years old. She sang The Angel of Music from The Phantom of the Opera, which was the only musical she knew at the time. She ended up landing the part herself.
From then on, Michele was seen performing in various musicals here and there, such as playing the role of Little Girl in the Broadway original of Ragtime in 1998. From 2005 to 2008, she was also Wendla Bergmann in the Spring Awakening musical, starring in off-Broadway performances before finally being casted in its Broadway production. With it she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. In 2008, she portrayed Eponine in Hollywood Bowl’s Les Miserables concert, and so much more.
Her stardom shot up when she was cast by Ryan Murphy in musical comedy-drama TV show Glee, playing the female lead Rachel Berry, the passionate show choir member with the aspiration to be a great singer. In an interview with Washington Post, Michele shared how she related to the character – how they’re both “talking at a very young age and always putting on shows in her living room” and how they both knew they’ve always wanted to sing.
Michele got recognized by numerous award-giving bodies for the iconic role. She won the Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2009 and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress in 2012 and 2013. She got nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2009 and 2011, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2010, and two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Compilation Soundtrack Album in 2011. She was featured in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010 and won Billboard’s first ever Triple Threat award in the same year.
Those were great achievements as a star on their own, but Michele was indeed unstoppable. She released two music albums: Louder in 2014 and Places in 2017. She starred in films like New Year’s Eve in 2011 and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return in 2013, and played roles in more TV shows like Hester Ulrich in the 2015 adaptation of Scream Queens and Valentina Barella in The Mayor in 2017 to this year. On April this year, she announced that she’ll be co-headlining a tour with fellow Glee alum Darren Criss.
It isn’t just talent that’s bursting from Michele. Her heart also goes to causes such as gender equality, HIV/AIDS awareness, and animal rights. She appeared in numerous PETA advertising campaigns and performed in fundraisers such as the True Colors Cabaret for LGBT rights and Taste for a Cure for the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. She also hosted campaigns such as Valspar Hands for Habitat, where she donated a signed hand print for auction, and the launch of Feed America for Target. She has also been an ambassador of L’Oreal’s Women of Worth program since 2012.
Michele is indeed full of love that even transcends her romantic life. The pvblic wishes her the best in this next chapter of her wonderful journey!