This is Lea Michele like you’ve never seen here before. The former Glee star is embracing her dorkier side for her latest foray on the small screen in Scream Queens.
Show creator Ryan Murphy revealed some details about Michele’s alter ego.
“Her name is Hester,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly, which also shared a first look of the star in character in her neckbrace. “She plays a girl with scoliosis and a neckbrace, whose nickname is Neckbrace–Emma’s character just calls her ‘Neckbrace.’ It’s a real Eve Harrington part for Lea. This girl wants everything Chanel (Emma Roberts) has and will do anything to get it. Lea calls it her Charlize Theron Monster moment. We won’t let her put on any make up and she wears these horrible 1995 tracksuits. But there’s a great turn that happens half-way through the season with that character.”
As for how her look has affected her co-stars, Roberts revealed it’s not easy to act with her in her costume. “I can’t look at Lea in a scene because she makes me laugh,” she said. “She’s so funny. We’ll be doing a scene where I’ll be giving everyone my death glare and I’ll have to skip Lea because I’ll start cracking up. It’s been really fun to work with her because I was such a fan of Glee. Her and I have really hit it off.”
The horror comedy anthology series is slated to premiere on Fox this fall. And as the anticipation continues to build around the series, Murphy also shared a photo from the set featuring Keke Palmer and Ariana Grande looking rather fierce on set.
Ariana and Keke Staircase Slay on the set of Scream Queens pic.twitter.com/3ydNloTzhT
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 24, 2015