Samantha Ware: Lea Michele Threatened to Get Me Fired From Glee

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Samantha Ware states Lea Michele went as far to threaten her task throughout their time as co-stars on Glee

In a brand-new interview with Variety, the starlet information Michele’s declared habits towards her and others dealing with the set of the musical TELEVISION series. Earlier this month, Ware openly implicated Michele of making her experience on Glee a “living hell.” After various other castmates stepped forward with their own accounts implicating Michele of mistreatment, she released a public apology. 

“I knew from day one when I attempted to introduce myself,” Ware remembered of her impression of Michele. “There was nothing gradual about it. As soon as she decided that she didn’t like me, it was very evident. It was after I did my first performance, that’s when it started—the silent treatment, the stare-downs, the looks, the comments under her breath, the weird passive aggressiveness. It all built up.”

Ware, who appeared on the 6th season of Glee as a repeating visitor character, explained one occurrence in which Michele reprimanded her in front of the cast, bonus and team. 

“When you’re shooting a scene, sometimes the camera is on you and sometimes it’s not, but you still have to be in the scene,” Ware discussed. “The camera wasn’t on us, so it’s not like we had to give a full throttle performance, but apparently, I was goofing around when the camera wasn’t on me, and she took that as me being disrespectful to her.”

Ware continued, “She waited until the scene was over and she stopped in the middle of the stage and did a ‘come here’ gesture, like how a mother does to their child.” 

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When Ware decreased Michele’s demand, she informed Variety, “…that’s when she chose to threaten my task, and stated she would call [series creator] Ryan Murphy in to come and fire me.”

Describing the supposed fight as “scary,” Ware then stated Michele’s behavior intensified throughout a personal discussion.

“When I tried to speak up for myself, she told me to shut my mouth. She said I don’t deserve to have that job,” Ware declared. “She talked about how she has reign. And here’s the thing: I completely understood that, and I was ready to be like, ‘This is your show. I’m not here to be disrespectful.’ But at that point, we were already past the respect and she was just abusing her power.”

According to Ware, she never ever officially submitted a problem versus Michele with the network or studio, keeping in mind to Variety that the star’s supposed actions were “nothing new.” 

“I guess since it was such a common thing, my case didn’t seem like that big of a deal,” Ware stated. “I remember the first day I actually spoke up and unfortunately no one did anything. They just shrugged it off, like ‘That’s her.’ No one was stopping these things, which is an issue because the environment was helping perpetuate this abuse.”

Michele’s group decreased to discuss Ware’s accusations consisted of in Variety‘s story. In her preliminary apology declaration, the 33-year-old pledged to “be better in the future.”

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“Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” Michele stated in part. “We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

As for her choice to speak up about Michele, Ware stated she could not remain quiet after seeing her previous co-star grieving George Floyd‘s death in a Twitter post supporting the Black Lives Matter motion. 

“LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE I’LL NEVER FORGET,” Ware tweeted in action. “I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘S–T IN MY WIG!’ AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD…”

Detailing Michele’s declared remarks, which Ware viewed as being racially-charged, she informed Variety, “She had a concern due to the fact that I had actually chuckled [when watching a scene] which’s when the ‘I’m going to s–t in your wig’ remark occurred. Some laughed and some gasped. It was mortifying. The entire point was for her to humiliate me. People heard her, however nobody was going to withstand her.”

Ware stated that by sharing her experience, she hopes others feel empowered to speak out versus oppressions. 

“It shouldn’t have to take my tweet. When you tweet, ‘Black lives matter,’ that would mean you have an understanding of what that hashtag means, but it’s clear that it doesn’t,” she stated.

“Does Lea even know what a microaggression is? I don’t know. All that her apology did was affirm that she hasn’t learned anything. Am I calling Lea a racist? No. Does Lea have racist tendencies? I think Lea suffers from a symptom of living in this world in an industry that is tailored to white people.”



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