Looks like someone is having no problem booking gigs post Glee? Lea Michele already has a role in FOX’s new high-profile comedy horror anthology, Scream Queens. She’s also branching out and headed to the silver screen. The 28-year-old just booked a leading role in the feature film, The Layover.
It’s the end of an era this week. After six seasons, Glee says good-bye in a special two-hour event. Over the years, the FOX musical has covered hundreds of songs, but the last note will be, surprisingly, an original composition.
Fittingly, Lea Michele belts out the last tune on Friday. “This Time” is an original song written by Darren Criss. The 28-year-old actress revealed the emotional track sent her to her knees upon hearing it the first time. Here’s what Criss told Entertainment Weekly about his song.
“I wrote ‘This Time’ as a love note to all things Glee. The show itself, the emotions of the people leaving it—both the characters and the actors themselves, the effect it had on everyone — I tried to cram all these ideas into a single person’s narrative. I wanted Rachel’s words to encapsulate not only her own personal journey, but everyone’s experience of being a part of this show—whether you were behind the camera, in front of the camera, or watching it at home for these past few years. Hearing Lea sing this song was a really cathartic moment for me. It was a perfect way to say goodbye to the whole experience, and I really look forward to getting to share it with the world. I hope ‘This Time’ will resonate with as many people watching Glee as it did for me and those of us who had a hand in making it.” – Darren Criss told EW.com.
Another track that I’m looking forward to seeing on the finale finds Michele once again teaming up with Chris Colfer for another amazing duet. Arguably, one of the duos’ finest and most memorable duets was their cover of “Defying Gravity.” The two take on another number from Wicked. Check out “Popular” below, along with Glee’s final song ever. That is, until a ten year reunion that will undoubtedly take place ;)
This Fall, Lea Michele and Ariana Grande will appear on the small screen together on Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Scream Queens. I can’t wait. Murphy, without a doubt, always delivers on a killer first season of any of his programs. His subsequent ones are a bit less predictable. Just look at Glee and American Horror Story’s last seasons. #underwhelming
In an upcoming episode of the FOX musical, Michele covers Grande’s dance hit “Break Free.” Not surprisingly, Lea sounds fantastic on it. Perhaps it due to the fact she actually enunciates ;) It’s a shame her recording career never went anywhere. She truly is a gifted vocalist. Hopefully, Lea sports Ariana’s signature ponytail during the scene she performs this song. Check out Lea and company’s cover below.
Fittingly, FOX chose Friday the 13th to debut the first official promo for its new comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens. With filming yet to begin, no footage from the actual series is shown. Instead, a random girl appears blowing a bubblegum. Things go from peppy to bloody real fast in the 12-second teaser.
Scream Queens‘ 15-episode first season, which revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders, premieres this Fall on FOX. It boasts a star-studded cast which includes Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Joe Manganiello and the ultimate ‘scream queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis. Check out the promo below.
In the grand tradition of ballads getting a club makeover, Lea Michele’s debut single, “Cannonball,” follows suit. After all, you can’t be a diva unless you have a dance anthem under your belt. The Glee actress enlists none other than Dave Aude to ramp up the BPM for a bumping dance remix. Michele’s soaring vocals really lend themselves for a club banger.
It’s not my favorite remix by Aude, but at least it’s something nightlife establishments can play this weekend to lure gays to burn up the dance floor. Check it out below and weigh in afterward.
Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.
Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013
Lea Michele dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the third time on Thursday. In addition to promoting her debut single “Cannonball,” the 27-year-old opened up about dealing with Cory Monteith’s untimely death. She reveals how Kate Hudson, Ryan Murphy and her mom all helped her deal with her grief just days after her loss.
“She was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family,” Michele said Hudson. “It was so helpful to just, basically, have a safe place to process, and just have a minute to just breathe before getting back to my house with just has a lot of memories and stuff. So being some place else to just have a moment was really nice.”
On a lighter note, Michele performed her soon-to-be hit single live for the first time. The more I hear “Cannonball,” the more I get hooked. With that being said, I found it hard to separate Lea from her alter ego Rachel Berry during her performance. Am I alone in thinking this? Check out her number below along with her interview.
I’m calling it now. 2014 is going to be Lea Michele’s year. I was preparing myself not to like her debut single, but after previewing it, I’m already sold. The Glee actress uploaded a healthy snippet of her upcoming powerful ballad “Cannonball.” UPDATE: JustJaredJr.com just uploaded the full version. Check it out below.
Penned by Sia, it’s everything you’d expect from the diva-in-training. It’s part Barbra, part Celine and one hundred percent perfection. Check it out below, along with the tracklist for her debut album, Louder. Doesn’t she look sensational in the cover art above? Be sure to weigh in about the single, album cover and all things Lea-related below.