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Lea Michele recalls getting a note from Barbra Streisand on her opening night of Funny Girl

‘She was an icon for me in my life’: Lea Michele talks landing her dream role in Funny Girl as she recalls getting a note from Barbra Streisand on opening night and ‘not being pretty enough’

She’s currently starring on stage in Broadway hit Funny Girl as leading lady Fanny Brice.

And Lea Michele has revealed that the dream-come-true role has been topped off by support from her longtime role model Barbra Streisand, who stormed to fame in the same role over 40 years ago.

The Glee actress, 36, has also spoken candidly on image struggles growing up, admitting: ‘People would tell me to get nose jobs, that I wasn’t pretty enough’.

‘She was an icon for me in my life’: Lea Michele, 36, has recalled getting a note from Barbra Streisand on opening night of Funny Girl (pictured with co-star Ramin Karimloo)

Lea stars in the musical alongside Ramin Karimloo, who portrays the role of love interest Nicky Arnstein.

And talking with Town & Country on the new role, the duo took part in a chic photoshoot following the show’s September opening night. 

Barbra Streisand famously created and played the role of Fanny both on stage (1964) and screen (1968), with the latter winning her an oscar.

And Lea revealed that she has had the seal of approval from the star, who has been a role model to her, in the form of a letter on opening night.

Struggles: Lea also recalled being told she ‘wasn’t pretty enough’, before starring in the musical alongside Ramin Karimloo, who portrays the role of love interest Nicky Arnstein

Star: Barbra Streisand (pictured, 1968) famously created and played the role of Fanny both on stage (1964) and screen (1968), with the latter winning her an oscar

‘It was so surreal and such a wonderful moment. The fact that she acknowledged my performance—I could cry,’ she told the publication.

And while not revealing the contents of the letter, the actress confirmed: ‘It was a beautiful, hand-written note that I will cherish. She was incredibly complimentary.’ 

The role isn’t the only thing the two stars have in common, with Lea citing many similarities in her and Barbra’s upbringings.

‘Growing up, people would tell me to get nose jobs, that I wasn’t pretty enough for film and television,’ she recalls.

Crazy: ‘It was so surreal and such a wonderful moment. The fact that she acknowledged my performance—I could cry,’ she told the publication

Similar: The pair have a list of similarities, with Lea and Barbra both recalling struggles with their images and noses while growing up

And Barbra faced similar scrutiny over her own looks and nose, previously sharing: ‘I wasn’t like those pretty girls with those nice little noses.’

This is just one of the many similarities between the two stars, with Lea dubbing her ‘an icon for me in my life’. 

It’s been a casting match made in heaven too, with Lea describing her relationship with co-star Ramin as ‘like playing tennis with someone who’s just as good as you are’.

While her on-stage love interest echoed this view, admitting it was a ‘perfect storm’ when they first performed. 

Lea’s professional life is mirroring that of her previous role Rachel Berry in Glee, who also played the role of Fanny in Funny Girl, and had the same admiration for Barbra. 

And showing the support, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has watched the show three time’s since Lea joined the cast – with the star saying she is ‘incredibly grateful’ for him.

Big role: Lea took to the stage in September for the Broadway show

Coming to life: Lea’s professional life is mirroring that of her previous role Rachel Berry in Glee, who also played the role of Fanny in Funny Girl, and had the same admiration for Barbra (pictured in Glee)

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