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Why Idina Menzel Felt Awkward Playing Lea Michele’s Mom on ‘Glee’


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A not so gleeful gig. Idina Menzel remembers enjoying Lea Michele‘s mom on Glee when it was at the height of its success, but she wasn’t thrilled about her function.

The Broadway veteran, now 50, began on the musical comedy within the first season as Shelby, the coach of enemy glee membership Vocal Adrenaline and the organic mom of Michele’s Rachel Berry. The job got here simply after Menzel gave beginning to her son Walker, now 12, and he or she wasn’t feeling her most assured.

“The scene from Glee that was the hardest was my first scene on Glee. I don’t know what that was, but whatever, it was the first day on set,” Menzel defined whereas finishing InStyle‘s Badass Questionnaire, which was printed on Monday, September 27. “I just had my little son, Walker. I was three months after having a baby and I barely fit into any of my costumes.”

The Enchanted star welcomed Walker in September 2009 with Rent costar Taye Diggs, to whom she was married from 2003 to 2013. Menzel would go on to tie the knot with actor Aaron Lohr in 2017.

Though she had simply gone by way of pure childbirth just a few months earlier, Menzel was thrilled to belt out Broadway hits for a TV viewers. Glee was one of many highest-rated reveals on TV on the time.

“The most memorable was probably singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ with Lea Michele,” she added.

However, she had one quibble together with her character. “Even though I was cast to play her mother and she was 26, and I probably should’ve been her older sister. But I don’t have a chip on my shoulder about that,” she stated, laughing.

While Michele, now 35, was older than her character, Rachel was solely 15, and Shelby was meant to have given beginning when she was younger. The character was simply out of faculty and wanted the surrogacy money to maneuver from Ohio to New York City.

Menzel beforehand opened up concerning the awkward job provide in 2016. “I felt fat as all hell, and I was Lea Michele’s mom — like, could I just be her older sister? She wasn’t as young as she was playing [on the show] so it was like, ‘Really, I’m her mom?’ So, it wasn’t good for my ego, I’ll be completely honest,” she informed an viewers on the Tribeca Film Festival.

She added on the time, “I have to get over myself a little bit.”

Working Mom Problems Idina Menzel Barely Fit Into Her Glee Costumes

Idina Menzel.
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Despite being a Tony Award winner, a Disney princess and a film star, Menzel has been clear that she nonetheless struggles together with her vanity. The Cinderella star lately revealed that Diggs, 50, made her really feel a bit uneasy behind-the-scenes as effectively. During an look on Carpool Karaoke, Menzel requested costar Camila Cabello about rehearsing with boyfriend Shawn Mendes. “How was he though? Was he judgy?” she requested.

The “Havana” singer had no complaints, however Menzel revealed that Diggs wasn’t all the time her favourite performing coach. “My ex-husband, I love him, but he was a little too judgy with me when I used to run lines and then I got very self-conscious,” Menzel stated.

The Private Practice alum had no arduous emotions concerning the remark, nevertheless. Days after Carpool Karaoke aired earlier this month, Diggs shared a video through Instagram of his ex-wife belting out “Defying Gravity,” one of many hit songs from Wicked, and captioned it, “That’s my baby mama.”

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