AceShowbiz - Lea Michele has opened up about how motherhood has changed her life. In a new interview, the former "Glee" star admitted that having a baby has "softened" her after she allegedly bullied her cast members on the set of the musical drama series.
"I feel like it definitely has softened me a lot and I probably could have used a little softening," the 35-year-old first-time mom explained during the interview with Extra published on Thursday, November 4. She added that her son "really is just the thing that has changed me the most and I'm so grateful."
Revealing her favorite part of motherhood, Lea said, "He just started saying, 'Mama.' " When being asked if she cried the first time he said it, Lea confessed, "Yeah, it's as good as you might feel it might be."
Elsewhere in the interview, Lea shared that she's also grateful after what she called "an intense pregnancy," with "a lot of complications." The Hester Ulrich depicter on "Scream Queens" said, "In the midst of the pandemic, I was sort of in and out of hospitals and stuff like that... which added an extra layer of stress and anxiety."
Lea went on to say that things got better once her son was born and she could have that "private, special time with him." The actress/singer added, "Now we're getting back into the swing of life and introducing our son to the world and it's really wonderful."
Lea, who got her big break on "Glee", has no problem with her son possibly following in her famous footsteps. "I'm not just saying this, truly… he'll go, like, 'La la,' and I'll be like… 'Oh, my God -- okay!' I'm like, 'Don't you want to be a doctor? A lawyer?' "
"If that's what he wanted to do, it would be amazing," Lea added. When the interviewer hinted that her baby boy "will make a cameo" someday, the "Louder" artist jokingly replied, "Blue Ivy has a Grammy, so it's like, 'Ever, come on!' "
Previously, Lea was accused of mistreating her co-stars on the set of the hit musical comedy "Glee". Samantha Ware, who played Jane Hayward on the FOX show in 2015, said in a Twitter post after Lea showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, "Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I'll never forget. I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would 's**t in my wig!' "
In response, Lea put out a statement that read, "I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused." She added, "We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings."