For six years, Lea Michele and Rachel Berry — the unwaveringly determined Broadway baby she played on Fox’s musical-comedy Glee — were one and the same in the eyes of the show’s fans.
When they bought Rachel’s songs on iTunes, it was Michele’s voice they sang along to. When they watched Rachel learn to accept her flaws, it was Michele’s confidence they were witnessing. When Rachel mourned her boyfriend Finn Hudson by belting “Make You Feel My Love” through tear-filled eyes, it was Michele’s real-life loss of Cory Monteith they felt. They grew with Rachel, they learned alongside her, and they celebrated her successes.