After a tense year, Lea Michele, 36, revealed that starting her own family with her husband, Zandy Reich, 39, and their two-year-old son Ever, helped her get grounded. The actress, who has been starring in the iconic role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway play, Funny Girl, recently sat down with Drew Barrymore for The Drew Barrymore Show to discuss her past experiences and the ups and downs of her previous.
“Having our son and experiencing the difficulties that we faced throughout the pregnancy was something that I would never wish on anyone, but it did,” Lea told Drew about her life and her outlook on it since she became pregnant. “I make mistakes very often.”
Lea said the backlash caused her to go through "an intense reflection" on her work habits, and it's part of the reason she's able to reprise her role as a Broadway play for the first time since 2008, when she starred in Spring Awakening. "It's not only going and doing a good job when the camera's rolling, but also when it's not."
"Everyone here has gone through a lot, and I just have to come in and be prepared and do a good job and be respectful of the fact that this is their space," Lea said, referring to the cast and crew of Funny Girl. She returned this week and posted pictures of her excitement.
Lea has proved she can persevere and can put her heart and soul into playing Fanny, which she did for the first time as Rachel Berry on Glee. Ryan Murphy, the creator of the popular FOX series, was one of many supporters in the audience on the night of Lea's debut in Funny Girl. She shared her gratitude with Instagram shortly after she entered the stage that night.
“I am honored to be a part of you all, for the Fannys who have bravely graced this stage before me,” she said. “And of course, @BarbraStreisand is our queen."