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Sons of Anarchy Boss on Lea Michele's 'Frumpy, Makeup-Free' Season 7 Guest Stint: 'She Completely Went There'

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There was little trace of Rachel Berry when Lea Michele graced the Sons of Anarchy set last month to shoot a Season 7 guest appearance, and that was the whole point.

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SOA creator Kurt Sutter tells TVLine that the Glee actress went au natural for her role as a “simple truck-stop waitress” who has a run-in with Katey Sagal’s Gemma.

“I’m just now doing post-[production] on that episode, and she’s great,” raves Sutter. “She completely went there. Not a stitch of makeup. She’s just a frumpy waitress. She really got it and embraced what the show was. I’m thrilled.”

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Paris and LeaSOA exec producer/director Paris Barclay — who has helmed some of Glee‘s biggest episodes — was instrumental in bringing Michele on board. “He’s really close to all those actors, and really helped them through their time of need,” explains Sutter. “And I knew she was a big fan of the show, and we had this role that opened up. It was sort of a one-off and I knew we’d be able to get her in and out in a day. And the timing worked for her. She was thrilled.”

Sons of Anarchy returns to FX on Sept. 9 at 10/9c with a super-sized hour-and-45-minute premiere. Michele’s episode is slated to air in October.

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14 Comments
  1. Kym says:

    It’s great that Sutter liked her and her take on the character in SOA’s crazy world. I really hope to see Lea in more roles that take advantage of her impressive skills as an actress. I want to know what her range is like.

  2. Camero says:

    Ugh, send that famewhore back to Broadway and give television roles back to real actors.

  3. roki says:

    Excited! Hope it will more than one episode

    • Anne says:

      “It was sort of a one-off…” I mean it’s right there in the article. Plus this show has enough things it needs to deal with for its final season as it is.

      • roki says:

        like i said, i only hope that she will be in more episode since paris barclay said in an interview that they open the possibility of her guest starring in more than one episode,

        but i agree they should focus on the storylines first than the guest stars.

  4. robin says:

    She didn’t wear makeup!? What an acting challenge!? I don’t know if she can act or not. She certainly chews , he scenery on glee enough. And no I’m not a hater. Some of the directors are blind to the stuff between songs. Writers too.

    • jim says:

      Om glee her character lives her life as if she were on a the stage. Her character is meant to be over the top. But she has proven time and time again she can be more subtle too.

  5. KC says:

    I can’t wait to see her in this!

  6. Sarah Hogan says:

    And how many of you said – OMG…Peggy Bundy as biker club matriarch NO WAY! Probably all of you because I certainly did.

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