Samantha Ware has commented on the alleged “abuse” she suffered on the Glee set at the hands of the show’s star Lea Michele.
Following her explosive tweet that led to Michele being dropped by her sponsor HelloFresh, Ware, 28, provided further details in a lengthy interview with Variety on Thursday.
“It was after I made my first performance, that’s when it started – the silent reading, the stares, the look, the comments during her breath, the weird passive-aggressiveness. It all built up,” said the actress What / If.
Samantha Ware (seen here in August 2019) has commented on the alleged ‘abuse’ she suffered on the Glee set in the hands of the show’s star Lea Michele
Ware traced the animosity back to a moment when she “fell around” during a scene, which Lea apparently evaded.
“She waited until the scene was over and she stopped in the middle of the stage and made a ‘come here’ gesture, like how a mother does to their children.”
I said “no”, and that’s when she decided to threaten my job and said she would call [show creator] Ryan Murphy to come and fire me. ‘
Ware traced the animosity back to a moment when she “fell around” during a scene, which Lea apparently evaded. Seen here with co-stars [L-R] Billy Lewis Jr., Laura Dreyfuss, Noah Guthrie and Ware
When Ware later tried to defend herself against her co-star, she told me to shut my mouth. She said I don’t deserve to have that job. ‘
“She talked about how she has ruled. And here’s the thing: I completely understood it and I was ready to be like,” This is your show. I’m not here to be disrespectful. “
“But by that time we were already beyond respect and she was just abusing her power.”
“Nobody stopped these things, which is an issue because the environment helped defend this abuse.”
When Ware later tried to defend herself against her co-star Lea, she told me I would shut my mouth. She said I don’t deserve to have that job ‘
Over the past week, Lea Michele has been heading towards the end of relapse due to her alleged behavior, ranging from allegations of racial discrimination to other forms of unprovoked cruelty.
But some friends and former co-workers of Michele told The Post on Saturday that the 33-year-old Glee alum has “had a real alarm clock” and wants to “responsibly” correct her mistake.
“She listens, she hears what everyone is saying and wants to apologize. This is her past and she wants to handle things responsibly,” an insider claimed.
They added: “It’s never easy to hear people talk about you this way. It’s a total shock. ‘
Awakening: Some friends and former co-workers of Lea Michele told The Post on Saturday that the 33-year-old Glee alum has “had a real wake-up call” and wants to “responsibly” correct her mistake.
A former Lea’s co-worker did not deny that Michele was notoriously difficult to work with, but insisted she was never knowingly discriminatory.
Lea was a b ** ch to many people who now take the chance to come forward.
“She may not be the nicest person, but she is not racist, sexist or transphobic. I would say that she has behavioral problems that she is dealing with,” the source concluded.
The post also heard from an anonymous source that Leah has reached out to a number of her former co-stars after learning of their general disdain for her and her behavior.
Questions: A former Lea employee did not deny that Michele was notoriously difficult to work with, but insisted that she was never intentionally discriminatory; Lea pictured at Glee in 2009
But whether the star has heard back or if any reconciliations have occurred remains unknown at this time.
On Thursday, another former colleague claimed that Leah did not “discriminate” because her treatment of everyone was the same and came from a place of being “completely self-obsessed.”
The unknown source spoke to us weekly on Thursday, saying: “It didn’t matter if you were young or old, black or white – it’s just her world.
“Although she was completely self-obsessed with everyone, she did not discriminate,” the source said.
She was so for everyone: A former colleague of Lea Michele says the actress did not “discriminate” because her treatment of everyone was the same, from a place where she was “completely self-obsessed”; Lea the 2019 image
Addition: ‘Things are seen through a lens, and it comes from a very protective place where she has obviously been on guard. She is fiery and she has more of an aggressive personality where most people would play weak or vulnerable or ask for sympathy and Lea does not. ‘
“You know where you stand – for the most part – with her,” the source said.
“In TV, they employ really strong personalities because they create drama,” the outlet reported from the source. “You don’t expect them not to be dramatic offsets and in their own lives. It’s a pretty switch off.”
Many of Michele’s stories stem from her time with Rachel Berry at Glee from 2009 to 2015.
Tough Times: Lea played the role of Rachel Berry (back row) on the show’s six seasons, and was nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards with the part
Michele, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich later this year, apologized for her behavior on Wednesday, saying she “has never judged others for their background or the color of their skin.”
She also insisted that she learn from the mistakes she has made so that she “can be a real role model for my child” when she gave birth in a few months.
The charges of bullying came after Michele took to social media last Friday to pay tribute to George Floyd and wrote: ‘George Floyd didn’t deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end, ”she wrote.
Samantha Ware, who appeared as Jane Hayward on the show’s sixth season in 2015, scolded Michele earlier this week and said: ‘Remember when you made my first TV show a living hell?!?! …
Because I will never forget … I think you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would fold in my wig! among other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood. ‘
Regrets: Michele, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich later this year, apologized for her behavior on Wednesday and said she “has never judged others for their background or skin color”
Other stars including Amber Riley have also spoken out to Lea, who was recently dropped by the company Hello Fresh over the controversy.
Her other co-stars including Heather Morris and Amber Riley spoke to Michele for her behavior on set along with several other guest stars who were at Glee.
But Michele has also received support from Dean Geye – who played her boyfriend at Glee for one season, saying she was always “professional” and “welcoming”
Glee’s Iqbal Theba said he was not beaten by Michele and former Glee producer Marti Noxon has also stuck to her.
All stars who have spoken out against Lea Michele
Glee actress Samantha ignited rumors of Lea Michele’s alleged bad behavior at the scene when she responded to Michel’s post about George Floyd’s death earlier this week. Ware, 33, said: ‘Remember when you made my first TV gig a living hell?!?!’ Because I will never forget … I think you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would do it *** in my wig! ‘among other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood. ‘
Kick off: Samantha Ware claimed Lea Michele earlier this week.
Alex – who starred as Unique Adams in series for four seasons – quickly posted his feelings on Twitter. “We don’t have a damn thing to lie about six years later!” he replied to a fan who suggested they make false accusations of Michele’s behavior.
Actor Dabier Snell, who appeared in a section of Glee, claimed he couldn’t sit with Michele on the set and says: ‘GIRL YOU WON’T LET ME SIT ON THE TABLE WITH OTHER CASTLES BEFORE’ I DON’T DO IT ‘ YOU LEA. ‘
Bad memories: Lea on Glee with Chris Colfer and Heather Morris
Morris, 33, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on the Ryan Murphy show, claims Michele was “very” uncomfortable to work with and said, “” Was she uncomfortable to work with? Very much so; for Leah to treat others with the disrespect she did as long as she did, I think she should be called. ‘
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist, who showed up at Glee with Lea Michele, liked a series of posts describing the star’s bullying and abusive behavior towards comrades. Benoist appeared on Glee’s fourth season and played a character named Marley Rose. She sang a duet with Michele in the series. She also pressed the heart button on tweets from Glee’s Alex Newell and Amber Riley that essentially approved of the spirit of Ware’s emotions
Riley, who played Mercedes Jones throughout six seasons, shared two GIFs of himself after the charges, one raising his hand, while the other sipping tea. The response caused a stir among fans who saw it as a subtle way for the actress to step in. Later, she made it clear that she was not focused on the controversy amid the turbulent times of social unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and would talk only about the topic of a once it appears on Instagram Live. She said: ‘I’m not giving anything for this Lea Michele thing – I’m not giving anything … people are out here dying and being murdered by the police. I make no suggestion about this Lea Michele thing – I wish her well, I hope she has a fantastic pregnancy, I hope she has grown. ‘
RHONY’s Aviva Drescher
Even Real Housewives of New York star Aviva Drescher had a story to tell and commented: ‘You were once very unfriendly to me so I’m not surprised by your behavior. You should not judge others before looking in the mirror. ‘Michele made derogatory comments about Drescher during an episode of Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
Awkward: Lea planned Aviva on the 2014 appearance on Watch What Happens Live!
Scream Queens actress Breslin, 24, was another former co-star who was caught “liking” a smattering of tweets about the controversy. Including one who read: “not everyone agrees that something was felt by Lea Michele … where have I been what I’ve said here FOR YEARS ??? I thought I was alone.”
Yvette Nicole Brown
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown also supported Ware. “I knew each of these big letters,” the community actress tweeted, “EVERY person on a particular issue. ALL the people on one set deserve respect. And it is the responsibility of each series regularly to make ALL people who visit their home feel welcome. This dismissive attitude is what’s wrong with Hollywood AND the world. ‘
The Mayor’s Actor responded to a variety of responses to Ware’s opening tweet, including one that directly asked Yvette Nicole Brown: “I guess you feel the same thing because you worked with her?”
Under fire: Lea Michele in
Broadway actor Gerard Canonico, 30, was a weirdo in the original Broadway role of Spring Awakening with Michele and her BFF Jonathan Groff. “You were nothing but a nightmare for me and other condemned members. You made us feel like we didn’t belong there,” Canonico wrote in a comment on her Instagram apology, which he posted again after claiming it had originally been removed.
Actress Elizabeth Aldrich – who was Michel’s teaching at Ragtime – claimed on Twitter: ‘She was absolutely horrible to me and the ensemble. She lost her crew and threatened to have people fired if she was dissatisfied anyway. I used to cry every night for the average and manipulative things she would do. She was 12. She was scary. ‘
Glee co-star Iqbal Theba said he was not beaten by the star and took to Twitter to write: ‘Many people r suppose @LeaMichele abused me. Let me make it clear that I have never been abused by her. And if some of the actors were treated badly, she has to apologize for what is wonderful. But being called a racist is too heavy and unfair a burden 4 most of us, especially in these troubled times. ‘
Transmodel Plastic recalled an incident with Lea in the women’s bathroom at the Emmy Awards 2010. She told The Sun: ‘She goes,’ ‘Excuse me?’ “And she looks at her friends, looks at me again and says, ” Excuse you, you’re in the woman’s bathroom. ‘” I went from feeling that I was on cloud nine to feeling like a circus freak. ‘
Dean Geyer – who played Brody Weston, boyfriend of Michelee’s character Rachel Berry, in 14 episodes – had nothing but nice things to say about her. Lea is still one of my favorite stars that I have had the pleasure of working with. She is extremely hard working and super fun to be in, he said.
The Voice star Jordan Pruitt chimed in on Friday and tweeted: ‘Everyone in Hollywood knows that Lea Michele is a horrible person … she’s a B **** for everyone. We all know that … yawn. Move on …’