Originated the Broadway role of Wendla in the musical Spring Awakening.
She is of Spanish and Italian descent.
She was roommates with "Glee" (2009) co-star Dianna Agron (2009).
Worked with "Glee" (2009) co-stars, Jenna Ushkowitz and Jonathan Groff, on the musical Spring Awakening.
Best friends with actor Jonathan Groff.
"Glee" (2009) creator, Ryan Murphy, wrote the part of Rachel Berry with her in mind.
Has two cats, Claude and Sheila, named after characters from the musical Hair.
She was accepted to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but opted to continue working on stage.
She was home-schooled for one year while she lived in Toronto, where she was performing in the original cast of Ragtime and again when the show was brought to Broadway.
Her favorite novel is "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier.
Was in a relationship with actor Theo Stockman since November 2009 but broke up in September 2011.
Named to People Magazine's Best Dressed List of 2010.
In October 2010, Lea performed at a benefit concert for the Painted Turtle, a camp for children with chronic illnesses. The concert celebrated the 35th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where she played the role of Janet Weiss for the benefit.
She is very active in participating in charities for gay rights and animal rights.
Was ranked #7 on FHM 100 Most Sexiest Women in the World (2010).
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