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Idina Menzel Admits She Should Have Been Lea Michele’s ‘Older Sister’ Not Mom 



Idina Menzel wishes her “Glee” role was different.
She played Lea Michele’s character Rachel Berry’s birth mother, Shelby Cocoran.
Menzel, now 50, was 40 when she landed the role.

“She was 26, and I probably should’ve been her older sister but I don’t have a chip on my shoulder about that. The gig came three months after I popped a baby out so I felt fat as all hell, and I was Lea Michele’s mom – like, could I just be her older sister? She wasn’t as young as she was playing [on the show] so it was like, really, I’m her mom? So it wasn’t good for my ego, I’ll be completely honest. I was happy to be there and work with those people, but I had to get over myself a little bit.”

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Tags: casting / auditions, glee (fox), lea michele
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