Lea Michele Made Young 'True Grit' Star Cry With Brush Off
By John Mitchell Posted Jan 7th 2011 10:25PM
"When I was auditioning for 'True Grit,' I was on the Paramount lot. I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable. 'Glee' also films on the lot, and I love the show," Steinfeld told J-14 magazine. "I saw Lea Michele just walking to her trailer, and I was like, 'That's the girl from 'Glee.' I've got to go ask for her autograph!' So I walked up to her and asked for her autograph, but she walked by and a guy came and said, 'Sorry, now's not a good time!'"
The young actress, who stars alongside Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in 'Grit,' was so heartbroken by the brush off that she left in tears. "I had to walk all the way back to the car wearing what I was wearing. I was practically crying on the way home," Steinfeld said. "I was so sad! But she's beautiful, and she has an amazing voice."
This isn't the first time accusations of diva-like behavior have been hurled at Michele. "She acts like she's the only star on the show, and it has become an uncomfortable situation when she gives attitude to the people around her," a source close to 'Glee' told the New York Daily News this summer. "Lea acts like she's better than the rest of the cast."
Michele also found herself in hot water earlier this year when reports surfaced that she snapped at famed photographer Patrick McMullan at the Time 100 gala when he dared to ask for her name. The actress got huffy and told McMullan she was "Sarah Palin" then "Taylor Swift," at which point the photog excused himself.
The actress backpedaled when the story hit the press, saying she "made a silly joke," but McMullan contended (via E! Online) that it was anything but and that the reports were true. "Everything that's in that story is true, Lea giving me the fake names, but not what I said," McMullan told E!'s Ted Casablanca. "I didn't say 'f**k you' to her, even though I wanted to say 'f**k you!' No, what I said was, 'Forget about it.' ... But you know what? Taylor Swift and Demi [Moore] and Ashton [Kutcher] were totally cool and nice at that event. They're classy."
More recently, Details writer Claire Hoffman included some choice observations about Michele's on-set behavior in her cover story on 'Glee' star Matthew Morrison.
Everyone's looking over their lines now, rehearsing dance steps -- except Lea Michele, who keeps staring at me as I observe Morrison. Every time I look up, I catch her looking my way. It seems she knows I'm a reporter and wants my attention.
When Morrison brings over a laptop to show me a movie treatment he's been working on, Michele crosses the set, stands next to me, and starts talking to the show's publicist. "I have a lot of interviews to do," she says. "There's that AIDS blast and..." She turns to look at me. "Oh, hi."
Within minutes the publicist asks me to leave the set. I'm a distraction.
For her part, Steinfeld likely isn't sweating Michele's rude behavior. Just a few weeks into its theatrical run, 'Grit' is already a huge hit with both critics and audiences. Having grossed more than $93 million in just two weeks, it is already the most successful film ever for the Coen brothers ('Fargo,' 'The Big Lebowski,' 'No Country for Old Men'), and is expected to continue to rack up box office dollars as awards season marches on. The young actress is already being hyped as a likely Oscar nominee for her turn as Mattie Ross in the adaptation of Charles Portis' popular novel.
And if Steinfeld still cares about getting Michele's autograph, she'll have another chance on Jan. 30, when both attend the SAG Awards (Michele is nominated along with the cast of 'Glee' for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series).
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