For those out there who do not believe that they see enough of Lea Michele, the dynamic singing sensation who portrays insecure Rachel Berry on the Emmy-winning Fox Television show Glee, the 24-year-old just might give everyone the chance to see all of her — naked. Appearing at the 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Los Angeles Saturday evening, the Glee star picked up a Humanitarian Award and told Radar Online that, if asked, she’d get naked for the animal rights organization.
Radar Online was at the gala event to ostensibly find out if people were willing to get naked for PETA. Lea Michele told the online gossip site, “I don’t think we need to see a billboard of me naked to know I am anti-fur. But if they asked I would probably do it.”
It wasn’t a firm commitment, but it was one that opens up possibilities. And now that she has openly made herself available, there is little doubt that PETA will call and ask.
Although she hasn’t posed naked for PETA before, Lea Michele has worked with the animal rights group in the past. She launched a “Speak Out Against Fur” PSA for PETA in April to help call awareness to the mistreatment of animals.
In the video, which can be seen on the PETA website (warning: graphic imagery of animal cruelty), Lea Michele explains why she is against the wearing of fur. Michele asks, “Why? Why do you need to have a fur coat? … You really look ugly and I don’t think you get it.” Amid scenes of animals being being treated cruelly and prepared for skinning (one scene shows a cat amongst skins), Michele offers that she wanted others to know that there were options to wearing fur.
She also talks about the animals she’s taken in from the Glee set. A small dog named Charlie, who now lives with another Glee cast member, and her two cats, Sheila and Claude.
Still, the animal lover might have to get naked for PETA to show where her loyalties lie after Britney Spears appears on Glee. PETA went after Britney Spears in 2008 after she did the video for “Circus,” which the animal rights organization said was a “merciless act toward animals,” according to AceShowbiz, because it depicted animals that had been cruelly trained.
PETA Director Debbie Leahy explained: “Spears Britney may think her life is a circus, but for the animals who are whipped, chained, and beaten to perform under the real big top, the cruelty is very real.”
PETA also took exception to Britney Spears’ on-stage performance at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards after she appeared with a yellow python.