Lea Michele Sarfati, an American singer and actress, was born in New York in 1986, and started performing in Broadway musicals at the age of 8.
In 2009, Lea Michele won the role of Rachel Berry on the hit show Glee. One thing Lea Michele has in common with her character: they are both vegans committed to the ethical treatment of animals. Lea Michele, who is half-Italian, has said that eliminating animal products from her diet wasn’t easy. But her family is now very supportive, and her mother has even altered her traditional lasagna recipe so that Lea can also eat it. Although she is constantly disputing the misconception that she just eats grass, Lea Michele’s vegan diet allows her to maintain a healthy lifestyle and provides her with the energy she needs to sing and dance everyday on set. Lea is actively involved with PETA, speaking out against wearing fur and the cruelty of horse-drawn carriages. She has rescued several animals, and has two cats named Claude and Sheila that she found as stray kittens on the Paramount Studios lot. "I'm a really big animal lover," Michele adds. "My mother always said, 'Stand for something, or [you'll] fall for everything.' I feel like [animals] don't have a voice."
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