Lea Michele (as Rachel Berry)

Lea Michele (as Rachel Berry)

Rachel Berry Character Biography

After losing at regionals, Rachel and New Directions come back focused on a mission of recruiting new show choir members. But when her ego is threatened by talented prospect Sunshine Corazon - whom she sends to a fake audition at a crack house - her self-serving motives prove to be too much for Will and the glee club. Rachel is forced to learn to be more of a team player.

She may have won Finn back at regionals, but their relationship isn't smooth sailing for long. When Santana reveals that she and Finn slept together, Rachel forgives Finn. But when Rachel confesses that she had a fling with Puck, Finn breaks up with her. 

Rachel is initially devastated when Finn starts hooking up with Quinn, but she decides to redirect her energies to becoming a star. Trying to stir up buzz, Rachel gets Brittany to cop her look and is annoyed when her glee club teammate takes the credit for the suddenly popular sexy schoolgirl/librarian chic style.

In an attempt to push New Directions to an epic performance at regionals, Rachel suggests that they compose an original song for the competition. Her first attempt, her composition My Headband, falls short of the mark, but the group number, Loser Like Me, wins the group a spot in nationals.

Jessie St. James comes onboard as a consultant to help the glee club prepare for the big event. He tries to win back Rachel, but Finn breaks up with Quinn and gives Rachel the "Superman of kisses" at the height of their big number at nationals. New Directions places 12th, but being on Broadway makes Rachel realizes that the stage is her one true love.

Lea Michele Biography

At just 8 years old, Lea Michele made her Broadway debut as Young Cosette in Les Misérables. Since then, she has shared the stage with Broadway greats Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Ragtime as well as with Alfred Molina in Fiddler on the Roof.

Best known for her role as Wendla in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance.

For her work on GLEE, Michele was honored with both an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" and two Golden Globe nominations for "Best Television Actress - Comedy or Musical" along with a 2010 Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Actress - Comedy" and a 2009 nomination for "Choice TV: Breakout Star Female" Category. Michele was also chosen as one of TIME Magazine's "Time 100: The World's Most Influential People" in 2010.

Michele recently wrapped production on her first feature film, Gary Marshall's New Year's Eve. The film will be released on December 5th. Also on the big screen, Michele will lend her vocal talents to the animated 3D musical Dorothy of Oz, to voice the lead role and provide vocals on several original numbers alongside Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Kelsey Grammer.

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