Lea Michele, who plays geeky insecure, diva-in-training Rachel on the hit Fox show “Glee,” has been showing off her glamorous side in a series of new magazine photoshoots. And, her svelte figure is even touching off rumors she has an eating disorder.
Most recently, she wowed fans with her newly slim physique in a stunning strapless dress at the 2010 Emmy Awards.
But Michele insists she doesn’t smoke or do drugs, rarely drinks alcohol because of her hectic work schedule and doesn’t have an eating disorder.
“I don’t smoke and I don’t do drugs,” Michele, 24, tells the November 2010 issue of Marie Claire UK. “I never have and that’s who I am.”
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Lea, who became an overnight sensation last year thanks to her hit musical-comedy series, says it would be impossible to dance and sing at the level required for her show while being a party animal.
“This show would be a huge pressure on someone who wanted to rebel and who wants to party, but I don’t have those needs or wants,” says Michele.
“The Glee schedule is relentless: 14 to 16 hours [a day], Monday through to Friday.
These days I have one glass of wine and I’m completely gone,” she says.
Lea, who reportedly lost about 10 pounds last year thanks to her strenous Glee workouts, a vegan diet and yoga, says she now feels attractive — something she didn’t always accept.
“Glee has made me feel beautiful,” she says. “Now when people say that I don’t feel like they’re lying.”
Michele, who says she’s proud of being one of the only girls in her high school who didn’t get a nose job, still has insecurities, but is overall happy with her appearance.
“I love myself, the way I look, my body, but sometimes I can’t help but feel insecure [in L.A.]. It plays with your head.”
Does she have any secret vices? Tattoos. The petite singer/actress has nine small tatoos, each representing an important milestone in her life.
“They’re all tiny. I mean, you saw me in the shoot today, I was practically nude. Did you see any? No. I’m telling you, I have nine. All so, so, so little.”