Lea Michele Says Motherhood Has Given Her a 'Sense of Grounding' After Being 'So Career-Focused'

Lea Michele celebrates son Ever's 2nd birthday: "Mom and Dad love you". https://www.instagram.com/p/Chf2nM0O1aq/.
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Lea Michele speaks candidly about how motherhood has changed her perspective on her career.
Speaking to Drew Barrymore on her eponymous talk show, the 36-year-old Funny Girl actress explained how she felt she "didn't see things clearly" before becoming a wife and mother.
"It was all about my career. I've been so career focused my whole life, I think wrongly so," said Michele, who shares son Ever Leo with husband Zandy Reich. "I think I have this drive that has created a lot of blind spots for me in my life."
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Meeting her husband and having their son, Michele felt "a real sense of grounding."
"And then having our son and going through the challenges we had during pregnancy was something that sadly created a stronger bond within us — which I wouldn't wish on anyone — but it did."
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In March 2021, the Glee alum appeared on Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt's Instagram Live series Before, While, & After Baby and opened up about her "very intense, very scary pregnancy."
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Michele revealed that she had heavy bleeding throughout her pregnancy, which made her constantly worry that the pregnancy wouldn't last until delivery.
"I finally announced I was pregnant and I still wasn't sure if the pregnancy would last," she recalled.
She later continued, "I just woke up and I was like, 'I just want to be a mom right now. I want this time.' And it was terrible. It was the lowest I've had in my entire life."
Despite the difficult experience, Michele had a safe birth and son Ever, now 2, was born healthy.
Lea Michele - Ever, August Birthday
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In September, the actress celebrated Ever's first day at "little school," a day before she began starring as Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl.
"Today is a special and important day that was there in the blink of an eye," she began on her Instagram story.
"I cried tying your little shoes this morning," Michele wrote in the caption of a second Instagram Story, which featured Ever carrying a backpack with his initials on it. "I feel like you were born yesterday. And now you have your first day of school. I am your mom first and I love you.”
Leah Michele
American actress, singer and author

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