Lea Michele can use a photo opportunity after little Hailee Steinfeld made her out to be a monster diva, or at least coldly indifferent. But Lea shows she can turn on the sweetness, not to mention sexiness in a new photo shoot.
The Glee star’s run in with the 14-year-old occurred when she was on the Paramount lot in costume auditioning for her debut movie “True Grit.”
‘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!’”
Check out Lea’s photos; click to enlarge.
The brush off reduced Steinfeld to tears.
Michele later said she was unaware that Steinfeld was seeking an autograph and said she was turned away by an over-zealous aide who was under instructions to limit interruptions.
“I heard Hailee was upset and feel terrible. The Glee schedule is so jam-packed that the PA probably pulled me so that I wouldn’t be late to set. I never meant to hurt her feelings,” Michele said in a statement released to GossipCop.
Nonetheless, the incident triggered an outpouring of criticism about Michele’s over-the-top diva behavior.
“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 last summer. “Lea acts like she’s better than the rest of the cast.”
So now Michele is doing a little image mending. Check out her photos: