Glee: Cast's Real-Life Friendships

Glee might have had some drama in it, but the real-life relationships between the cast members seem even more dramatic. What truth about Lea Michele was revealed? Why weren't Darren Criss and Chris Colfer friends in real life? And what actress from Glee has become Chris Colfer's best friend in real life? Get ready to find out everything!


Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron

We can hardly imagine two people as different as Kurt and Quinn. And they couldn't stand each other on the show. How about we tell you they were quite close in real life? To our surprise, Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron became friends on the set! During Glee, they would often appear together in front of fans and on red carpets.

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Their behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of Glee would make Sue Sylvester go "aww!" More proof that these two are best friends was mentioned in Diana's blog many years ago (it's gone now, but the Internet remembers everything!) One night the actress went to a bookstore, but when she was leaving the store, she realized she had lost her keys!

Things went from bad to worse when she saw her phone battery was low and she had to call someone ASAP. Guess who was on her speed dial? Chris quickly came to his friend's rescue and saved the night!

“It is really funny when you are going through a ridiculous experience like last night’s and someone recognizes you,” the embarrassed actress wrote. “You feel like a child. A silly little girl who has lost her keys.”

Chris received tons of brownies and a sushi dinner for his gallantry! Unfortunately, we haven't heard anything about these two recently. Of course, it's been five years since the last episode of Glee, and a lot could've changed since then!

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Naya Rivera and Lea Michele

These two didn't seem too friendly in the show, did they? Rachel and Santana were always arguing and fighting for the spot of lead singer in the Glee club. Surprisingly, the actresses had a massive feud in real life as well. If you are reading this for drama, then this story is for you.

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Everything started a year before the final season of Glee, when Naya reportedly complained to producers about Lea's "diva antics." At that time, TMZ revealed that Lea Michele acted just like her character Rachel and annoyed both the cast and crew by delaying filming.

It is important to mention that in 2013 Cory Monteith, who was Lea's both on-screen and off-screen boyfriend, tragically passed away. It was obviously a very difficult time for the actress. But, returning to the feud, Lea stated there was no bad blood between the actresses. She even visited the Late Show with David Letterman where she denied all the rumors.

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"It's really unbelievable, the amount of things that can be just completely made up." she said.

She was so convincing that everyone forgot about this feud for a few years, until Naya Rivera published her scandalous book. In her explosive memoir, Sorry Not Sorry, she wrote about her rivalry with Lea Michele. Naya admitted that her co-star did not talk to her throughout the entire filming of the final season. 

Rivera wrote that Lea was so sensitive that sometimes it seemed like she blamed Naya for everything that went wrong. However, a year ago Naya Rivera visited Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen where she admitted that there wasn't any beef between her and Lea Michele. But perhaps, there was something Naya was right about?


Lea Michele and Samantha Ware

Recently news came out that shocked everyone on the Internet, and we don't even know how to react to it. Lea Michele has been showing her support for the protesting people in Minneapolis and other cities.

“George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter”. she wrote.

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However, not everyone took her words in a positive light. Co-star Samantha Ware, who played Jane Hayward in the sixth season of Glee, seemingly found this sentiment of allyship ironic, alleging Michele’s treatment of her on-set was full of “traumatic microaggressions”. In a Twitter post, she wrote above Michele’s tweet:

“LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE I'LL NEVER FORGET."

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Some other actors from the show confirmed Samantha's words. Dabier Snell, who appeared in an episode of Glee in 2014, tweeted on Monday evening that Michele “wouldn’t let me sit at the table with the other cast members cause ‘I didn’t belong there’”. After that, he just told Lea off.


Alex Newell, who played Unique Adams on Glee, replied to Samantha's tweet with a very meaningful gif. Even Heather Morris reacted to that and tweeted that she didn't enjoy working with Lea Michele. Lea herself shared some details with PEOPLE: according to the actress, she does not remember the incident Samantha Ware mentioned but apologizes if she offended her.

She also revealed that the recent birth of her baby changed her, and now Lea has become more responsible. Of course, a lot of people immediately thought of Naya's memoir, in which she described her colleague's outrageous behavior. Frankly, this incident rather surprised us. 


Mark Salling and Naya Rivera

Perhaps there was something Rivera was right about regarding her colleague, but she was the center of drama multiple times herself. It's surprising how such a kind show like Glee became a source for so many dark stories. Of course, I'm talking about the scandalous Mark Salling, whose life ended 2 years ago.

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Let's not rehash this sad story, though, and recall his relationship with Naya Rivera instead. Brad Ellis or "Brad the piano player" shared some details about it 2 years ago in an interview with PEOPLE. He revealed that their relationship was stormy and fractious. The couple broke up in 2010, when Mark's publicist said Naya wasn't good for his image.

“When Mark dumped me, I thought it was the worst thing ever, but can you imagine if that didn’t happen?"

Naya is quite cold when she speaks about her ex in her memoir, and regrets being in a relationship with him. We can understand that!


Darren Criss and Chris Colfer

Kurt and Blaine became Glee's star couple due to the amazing chemistry between the two actors. Many were surprised that it was just good acting and that nothing was going on between them in real life. But were they friends at least?

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In some interviews, Darren and Chris look like close friends, but according to their social media accounts, they don't spend much time together. Fans were so sad about this that for a while they even attacked Darren's girlfriend at the time, Mia Swier.

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Darren Criss and Chris Colfer both admitted that back during Glee, they avoided being spotted together because of their crazy fans. Even now, they still get harassed when they have the courage to post a picture of their actual long-time significant others.

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Ashley Fink and Chris Colfer

Chris remained close friends with this actress even after the end of Glee. Even now, if you go to his IG page, you'll see plenty of cute pictures of them together. Ashley Fink stole everyone's hearts as Lauren Zizes on Glee. 

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And when she became a part of the Glee Club, the first person she messaged was... of course, Chris! In an interview with Seventeen she revealed exactly what makes him such a good friend: 

"He's so genuine. I think we have the same sense of humor. People are like, what is wrong with you? We're just constantly laughing. And we just get along."


In an interview with USA Today, Chris revealed that Ashley is his best friend:

"Ashley Fink is my best friend, and I was texting with Jenna Ushkowitz and Amber Riley this morning," he said. "We see each other quite a bit."


Heather Morris and Naya Rivera

It might seem like Naya doesn't have many friends from Glee, but it's not like that. Santana and Brittany's relationship has become one of the most cult and remarkable in the show. Starting from season 1, Heather Morris and Naya Rivera spent so much time on the set together that it's no surprise they became friends in real life.

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When, in 2015, Naya Rivera revealed that she was pregnant, her on-screen wife was extremely happy. Heather Morris, who gave birth to her son Elijah in 2013, revealed to ET:


"We've been talking about it over and over," Morris gushed . "I'm just excited because now my baby has a friend."


Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner

You cannot make a show with teenagers and avoid the actors dating in real life. After the tragic death of Cory Monteith, Finn Hudson also died in Glee. He was everyone's favorite, so it's no surprise the producers decided to introduce a similar character, Ryder Lynn.

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On the screen, his character dated Melissa Benoist's character, Marley Rose, and their relationship soon started in real life too. Both actors left the show in the sixth season, but they got engaged during the filming of season 5.

"I thought she was the bomb the second I saw her, so it was just super cool to be working together," Blake said about Melissa to People in 2014.

At about the same time the couple announced their engagement, they secretly got married - but revealed that fact only 2 years later! However, their marriage didn't last long, and in 2016 they broke up...

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Lea Michele and ... the Glee Club

Before this actress was suspected of bullying, we had always supported her. Most Glee actors still have a great relationship with Lea. Like Darren Criss, who Lea is not just friends with, they even went on tour together. She has plenty of cute pictures with the actor on her IG page!

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At the time of Glee, she also became close with Cory Monteith, who as you know, passed away. After his death, many colleagues spoke warmly about Lea, including Jane Lynch who played the conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.

"She has been an absolute trooper. She's the reason we're back at work right now instead of taking a season off."


Lea met Cory on the set, but she knew some of the other actors even before the show. In her book Brunette Ambition, she revealed:

"I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before. Matt had been a friend of mine for years, and in fact we'd actually dated back in the day for a Broadway beat."

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Can you imagine that Rachel's dreams about a teacher weren't that unrealistic? However, Matthew is not the only one who Lea Michele met on Broadway. We know that Jonathan Groff and Lea have been BFF in real life ever since Broadway. They always post pictures with each other and their decade-long friendship only gets better with age.

We don't know what exactly is true in this recent Lea Michele story and what's been made up, but we are completely shocked. Many actors have often spoken warmly about her, but recent events have shown another side.

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