Lea Michele Opens Up About Leaving the Ryan Murphy Nest for ABC's 'The Mayor'
The 'Glee' and 'Scream Queens' grad won't sing (at least, not well) on the politically themed freshman comedy.
One thing seems clear about Lea Michele’s latest character, political consultant Valentina Barrera on ABC’s freshman comedy The Mayor: you will not hear her sing. At least not well.
“I told [executive producer] Daveed Diggs (of Hamilton) the other day I think it would be hilarious if she was just a terrible singer,” Michele tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The fact that the role doesn’t lean on Michele’s vocal abilities is intentional. After playing powerhouse singer Rachel Berry on all six seasons of Ryan Murphy’s Fox musical dramedy Glee, the actress is hoping to expand the way audiences see her. “Not that I would ever want them to forget the work that I did on Glee,” she says. “But as an actor, I think it’s really important to be able to show people that I can play different characters with different tones and different colors.”
With The Mayor, Michele has been handed another opportunity for post-Glee relevance, this time outside the Murphy-verse that made her a star. Created by Jeremy Bronson, the single-camera sitcom features newcomer Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose, an aspiring young rapper who runs for mayor of his small town to garner publicity. The problem: he wins. In steps Valentina, who lends her skills as a political operative to his cobbled-together administration.