The Glee cast is made up of mostly newcomers to television, but both Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) and Lea Michele (New Directions diva Rachel Berry) have Broadway backgrounds. In fact, Matthew says Lea has plenty in common with her Broadway-bound alter ego. "She's a very strong woman and she knows exactly what she wants," he says.
"I've been performing since I was 8 years old on Broadway, and I was very much like Rachel when I was younger, so I kind of draw upon that," Lea says. "But I think she's amazing. If I can say I'm like Rachel, you know, she knows who she is and she's proud of that, and I think it's amazing. I'm so honored to play a character like her."