Lea Michele is ‘reaching out’ to former co-stars after making life on Glee a ‘living hell’
Lea Michele is reportedly seeking to make amends with some of her former Glee co-stars amid a dizzying amount of allegations over her problematic behaviour.
In a patchwork of accusations, former Glee stars and Broadway colleagues of Michele’s have accused the actor of mistreatment.
Samantha Ware, who played Jane Hayward in the show’s sixth season, claimed that Michele made her time on Glee a “living hell”.
Alex Newell and Amber Riley, who played the Ryan Murphy show’s most prominent Black characters, Mercedes Jones and Unique Adams, appeared to back the claims. Heather Morris later blasted Michele as “unpleasant”.
Lea Michele is ‘reevaluating her past behaviour’.
As the pile-on begins to peter out, a source told Us Weekly that Michele is trying to learn from her mistakes.
“This experience has made her reevaluate her behaviour in the past,” the source claimed.
“This has been a serious learning lesson and she is committed to making these adjustments as a complete life change for the future.
“She is listening to those who have come forward and has been reaching out to initiate open and honest conversations.”
The attempt to rebuild bridges may prove trying for Michele, however, based on the accusations actors have assailed her with.
Ware blasted Michele for making her first acting gig a “living hell” and accused her of threatening to “s**t” in her wig “amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood”.
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA
— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware) June 2, 2020
While Morris wrote in a Twitter statement: “Let me be very clear, hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for hate to be spread to anyone else.
“With that said, was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out.”
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Michele has apologised, although, not for what she allegedly did, but for how it was perceived.
In a winding Instagram statement, Michele said that the messages “have made me focus… on how my own behaviour towards fellow cast members was perceived by them”.
She wrote: “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or colour of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.
“Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologise for my behaviour and for any pain which I have caused.”