Lea Michele Shuts Down Sexist Illiterate Rumors
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When sitting down with The New York Times, the actress portraying Rachel Berry on 'Glee' also discusses her return to the spotlight following her 2020 controversy in which she was accused of bullying Samantha Ware.

AceShowbiz - Lea Michele has finally addressed rumors suggesting that she's illiterate. Shutting down speculations about her not being able to read, the Rachel Berry depicter on "Glee" called it sexist.

The 36-year-old set the record straight in a new interview with The New York Times. "I went to ‘Glee' every single day; I knew my lines every single day," she told the outlet. "And then there's a rumor online that I can't read or write? It's sad. It really is. I think often if I were a man, a lot of this wouldn't be the case."

Lea herself has proven that she is not illiterate. Back on August 8, SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online series uploaded a video of the actress reading a children's book titled "Rosie Revere, Engineer", which was written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, for about 7 minutes.

"Enjoy our newest story ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, a tale of a girl whose big dreams of inventing great gizmos and gadgets also learns how to celebrate her failures," the post captioned, "Read by Broadway sensation @leamichele. Head to our link in bio to watch the full read-aloud."

That aside, Lea made use of her interview with The New York Post to discuss her return to the spotlight following her 2020 controversy. For the record, she was previously accused of bullying Samantha Ware and others on the set of the FOX series.

Lea claimed she went through an "intense time of reflection" following the allegations. "I have an edge to me. I work really hard. I leave no room for mistakes. That level of perfectionism, or that pressure of perfectionism, left me with a lot of blindspots," she shared.

"I really understand the importance and value now of being a leader," the mom of one further elaborated. "It means not only going and doing a good job when the camera's rolling, but also when it's not... And that wasn't always the most important thing for me."

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