On her wish to be on Grey’s Anatomy: “Shonda, call. Like, what the hell? I’m ready. Put me in scrubs. I’d love a little arc. Just a little arc.”
On what her new album will sound like: “I’m going back to my roots. It’s not a Broadway album, but there are definitely theatrical elements to it. It’s not about being a pop record and getting on the radio; for me, this is about people listening to the songs and going ‘Oh, that’s Lea Michele? I really don’t think there are other people that could sing those songs.’ A lot of pop songs are interchangeable among artists, and I want to make a record that’s unique to my voice.”
On finding love again after Cory Monteith‘s death: “I wanted to make sure that I was okay with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own. I didn’t want anybody to fill any holes for me—that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together. I needed to do that on my own. I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that’s when someone miraculously came into my life.”
The full interview is available now on Flare.com, and will be available on Next Issue on September 1 and on newsstands September 14.