Lea Michele: ”Glee’ Is Only The Beginning’ [PHOTOS]

Actress Lea Michele is the September 2011 Harper’s Bazaar’s cover girl. Her photo shoot was shot by photographer Mark Seliger which amps up the glam.

Inside the magazine Lea talks about her career plans, castmates, and her relationship with her boyfriend, Theo Stockman. Here are a few highlights from the interview:

On her career: “I don’t stop,” Lea says. “It’s my nature. People have to tell me to slow down. I plan on playing every role on Broadway. . . . I want to do movies, make music. Glee is only the beginning.”

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She gets called out for her unconventional features all the time, but Lea doesn’t let it bother her; if anything, she’s used to it: “How many managers told me, ‘Get a nose job. You’re not pretty enough’? But I proved them wrong.”

More from the interview and behind the scenes video…

But Lea knows one of the ways to stay in the game is having a sense of humor. The Glee movie hits theaters in August. “In 3-D,” she says, laughing, “my nose is going to look fabulous.”

On rumors that she’s a diva like her character: “People have to remember this is all new for us,” Lea says. “We’re all reasonably young, except for Cory [Monteith], who’s old.” (He’s 29.) “I’ve learned some lessons,” she continues. “But people are going to say what they want to say. I know who I am, and I’m not perfect.”

Lea and her boyfriend, Theo Stockman, lead a quiet existence in West Hollywood: “I have a small life,” she says. Besides hanging out with her Glee castmates—“I just want to be around them all day”—on a typical night, she and Stockman “cook dinner, have wine.”

For the full story and more photos of Lea Michele, go to HarpersBazar.com and pick up the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on newsstands August 16.