Lea Michele starred on the Fox musical series Glee for six seasons as Rachel Berry, but rumors have swirled for years that the actress was difficult to work with. Now, actress Samantha Ware – who played the role of Jane Hayward for 11 episodes during Season 6 – is calling out Michele for her behavior after the mom-to-be posted a message on social media in support of Black Lives Matter.
Earlier this week, Michele tweeted that “George Floyd did not deserve this,” and she wrote that his murder was not an isolated incident. Michele then declared that “it must end” and added the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
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But, Ware wasn’t having it. She immediately called Michele out for her numerous “traumatic microagressions” and accused her of making her time on Glee a “living hell” when they worked together.
“LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET,” wrote Ware in response to Michele’s tweet. “I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘S–T IN MY WIG!’ AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…”
While Michele has not responded to Ware’s accusations, they appear to have quite a bit of merit. Amber Riley, who starred on Glee as Mercedes Jones – seemingly co-signed Ware’s claims when she posted a GIF of herself sipping tea.
Alex Newell, who played Unique Adams, went even further and vocally supported Ware. He wrote that when a friend goes through something traumatic, you also go through it because that’s what friendship is.
The Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist star also posted numerous GIFs and replied to fans who had questions and those who thought Ware was lying. He said that he and his co-stars “ain’t got not a damn thing to lie about six years later.”
Haven't seen it mentioned in the reports about Lea Michele, so here you go: In her memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera claims Lea Michele's behavior toward her devolved during season 6, the same season Samantha Ware claims Michele was abusing her on set https://t.co/bwPBXhndI6 pic.twitter.com/oo4gYApPtK
— Joan Summers (@joangossips) June 2, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Michele has been accused of being an ice queen. Naya Rivera, who starred as Santana Lopez on Glee for six seasons wrote in her 2016 book Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up that one of the Glee writers once said that she and Lea Michele were like two sides of the same battery.
“We are both strong willed and competitive—not just with each other but with everyone—and that’s not a good mixture,” wrote Rivera. “Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again, but the rumors of our ‘feud’ were blown out of proportion.”