Michele has virtually grown up onstage, making her Broadway debut at age 8 as Young Cosette in Les Miserables. Landing the role from an open call, the young actress has hardly stopped working since, going from Les Miz to the Toronto and Broadway companies of Ragtime, followed by a brief stint in high school ("It was my fun, normal time!" she quips) and then the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
"I've kinda had to grow up fast," Michele says frankly, "but it's made
me who I am. I have some awesome friends from high school, and I've
also been able to work with people like Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald
and Brian Stokes Mitchell—I mean, come on! I wouldn't change any of it.
This is exactly where I want to be."