Lea Michele may be back in Broadway’s loving embrace, but she can’t seem to escape the diva reputation she’s earned in Hollywood. The actress, who is preparing to star in funny girl the following month after landing the lead role of Beanie Feldstein, had a very public takedown two years ago for his antics on the set of Joy. Now, another co-star says she was so intimidated by the actress that she couldn’t even look in her direction on set.
Lindsay Pearce, who was a finalist on The Glee Project, spoke to Insider to mark the 10th anniversary of the reality show, in which she auditioned to appear on the Ryan Murphy series. Pearce admitted she felt “nervous” working on Joy despite his experience The Glee Projectwhich earned him two episodes of the hit FOX show.
The actress and singer told Insider she felt like she had to keep her distance from Michele so as not to disturb the lead role, explaining, “I remember when Lea walked in and I said to her, ‘ Do not talk to him. Don’t even look in his direction. Leave her alone.’ Because she’s the star of the show.
While Pearce’s experience with Michele isn’t exactly flattering, it’s certainly not as brutal as other alleged interactions, some from his past. Joy teammates shared. Her story comes years after Sami Ware opened the floodgates by publicly revealing that Michele had threatened to “shit in it”. [her] wig” on Joy.
Ware accused Michele of making her time on the TV show “a living hell” and of committing “traumatic microaggressions” against her. A year after Ware’s shocking statement, Joy star Heather Morris called Michele’s toxic behavior ‘the elephant in the room’ on Joyand admitted that she and her co-stars “could have stepped in and gone to Fox executives and said what we thought about the situation, and nobody really did.”
As for Michele, she’s since apologized to Ware (who still hasn’t forgiven her) and hasn’t faced much backlash after keeping a low profile for a while following the initial deluge of negative press. Although with her upcoming “Funny Girl” debut, we wouldn’t be surprised if more Joy gossip is bubbling.
New York Post