Lea Michele on Her “Half-Naked” V Mag Terry Richardson Shoot: I “Nailed It” (PICS)

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By Shari Weiss


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Lea Michele stuns in a new Terry Richardson-shot spread for V Magazine. The actress says of posing in the provocative, risqué outfits (see right), “My friends call me Grandma, but, like, Grandma’s killing it right now. I’m pretty sure Grandma nailed it in a half-naked Terry Richardson shoot, okay?” She adds, “So I’m fine with it. I just do my thing. I do what’s best for me. That’s it.”

Michele goes on to share that she follows that same mentality in her social life, too. “I don’t like things that other people like. I don’t like clubs or crazy, loud music. I don’t drink a lot, and maybe that makes me boring,” she says, “but I’d rather be in bed watching ‘Homeland’ with my cat, Sheila, eating a sandwich.”

Of course, the spotlight on Michele is set to get even brighter with the upcoming release of her debut solo album. The “Glee” star reveals that she had to go back to the drawing board last year after the label told her she was “singing awesome songs that are [too] similar to Katy [Perry] or Kelly [Clarkson].”

When the album was finally completed last June, Michele had no idea her life would be upended when boyfriend Cory Monteith passed away the following month. Inspired by the tragedy, she and Sia collaborated on more music for the record, including the motivational single “Cannonball” and the still-to-be-released tribute track “If You Say So.”

“It’s the only song that no one’s heard. I can’t talk about it until people hear it. I just feel like people should hear it and I don’t know if I’m ever going to talk about it,” admits the singer. “It’s just one of those things where I understand what it means and you can take it or leave it. That song is for me.”

Michele openly credits music with helping her cope in the aftermath of Monteith’s death, something she wasn’t expecting. She explains to the mag, “There were people who were like, ‘I am not f*cking leaving your side, and that, for me, was Stevie [Nicks]. She’s like a fairy. She’s given me so many gifts along the way, and when I say gifts, I mean tools and advice and support.” ]

“She told me from the beginning that music is going to be therapy, and at the time, I was like, ‘What the f*ck are you talking about, Stevie Nicks? I don’t want to listen to music. I can’t do anything,'” recalls Michelle. She now realizes, “But once you get out a little bit of the tunnel, when you slowly start to feel like you can be yourself a little bit, it does help.” Michele’s full interview appears in the magazine’s music issue, which also features Lorde.

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