Lea Michele Found Motherhood to Be “Grounding” After Only Focusing on Her Career

Leah Michele said motherhood forced her to think about her career and the single-mindedness with which she sought success.

The actor performed The Drew Barrymore Show on Wednesday, where she shared how unbalanced her life felt before she met her husband, Zandy Reich, and start a family. “I just couldn’t see things clearly. It was all about my career,” she explained to the host Drew Barrymore. “I’ve been so career-focused my whole life that I’m thinking of making a mistake.” She added, “I think I’ve had this exact drive that has created a lot of blind spots for me in my life.” But all of that changed , when she finally met the right person and felt ready to settle down. Michele continued, “When I met my husband, there was a real sense of grounding for me and then having our son [Ever Leo] and experiencing the challenges we experienced during pregnancy was something that unfortunately created a stronger bond within us that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but it did.”

That joy star and Reich married in 2019 and announced their pregnancy shortly thereafter in May 2020. Michele has previously spoken out about how difficult it was getting pregnant on an episode of Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt‘s Instagram Live series Before, While & After. “I had a very, very intense, very scary pregnancy,” she told Pratt. “I really didn’t share a lot of my experiences with the people around me.” At the age of 30, Michele was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and, like many people suffering from this hormonal disorder, was struggling to get pregnant. And when she finally could, the actress began having heavy periods during her first trimester, requiring her to remain on bed rest and take high doses of progesterone to help her body sustain the pregnancy. Even after they publicly announced the pregnancy, the actress confessed that she was “still unsure if the pregnancy would last… It was awful. That was the lowest level of my entire life.”

Michele told Barrymore the entire experience “transforms” her and makes her appreciate everything she has, such as her new role as Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny girl after the exchange Cap Feldstein in July. “When you get such a great opportunity as I did, which I’m so incredibly grateful for as a performer, as a person, I feel like what I do with it now and how I go about it is up to me,” she said. I’m really willing to take all of that and put on a great show every night, but also have fun with my cast, come home and celebrate with my family, which I’ve never done before.” The Actor concluded, “I really enjoy being able to open my eyes to everything that’s going on around me because everything is good and if it’s not fun then why are we doing it?”

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