Did Ryan Murphy Create Glee’s Rachel Berry Specifically for Lea Michele?
UPDATE: In the November 2013 issue of Elle magazine, Glee creator Ryan Murphy talks about how he wrote the part of Rachel Berry specifically for Lea Michele. He brings up that fabled dinner meeting at Chateau Marmont with Lea and Jonathan Groff. She’d been bemoaning the fact that there were no roles for girls like her, not a lot of musical romantic-comedy roles,” Ryan says . “I really wrote the role for her, to give her something where she could really strut her stuff.”
Original story: If it seems to you that there’s no one else in the world who could play Rachel Berry on Glee besides Lea Michele, then you’re basically right!
It’s widely known in Glee lore that Chris Colfer originally auditioned for the part of Artie [Kevin McHale], and producers were so impressed by him that they created the role of Kurt for him. But it turns out that Lea Michele got similar treatment from Glee creator Ryan Murphy.