Lea Michele falls into coveted fashions inspired by the 1970s in the October issue of FLARE magazine, and doesn’t hold back when it comes to dishing life advice, role models and how she has found happiness again following the tragic death of her boyfriend, Cory Monteith.
“I wanted to make sure I was okay with me,” she says, in regards to how she prepared to pick up the pieces after Cory’s untimely death in 2013. “I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together.” It took time, she admits, but “I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and bring in more beautiful experiences.”
The next few months will be anything but quiet for the former Glee star, as she prepares to launch two exciting new projects. First up, Lea will shed her Rachel Berry-isms to take on the role of Hester in the horror-comedy Scream Queens. The series, premiering Sept. 22 on City, co-stars Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis and marks the second collaboration between the actress and Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
The 28-year-old starlet will also dish out some serious life lessons in her book, You First: Journey Your Way to Your Best Life. Part biography, part self-help tome, the publication explores her journey from being a young girl with huge dreams to her current superstar status. “I’m really proud of the life I’ve built and created for myself,” she tells FLARE. “It’s a tough business, it’s a tough town, and you really have to have a thick skin. I’m constantly learning, but I’m really proud of where I am.”