January 17th, 2011
04:30 PM ET
She may be tough as nails in "True Grit," but Hailee Steinfeld admits she was brought to tears by Lea Michele after the "Glee" star snubbed her.
"I was auditioning for 'True Grit,' [and] I was on the Paramount lot. I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable," 14-year-old Steinfeld recalled to J-14. Suddenly she spotted Michele, who shoots "Glee" on the lot, heading to her trailer.
"I walked up to her and asked for her autograph, but she walked by and a guy came and said, 'Sorry, now's not a good time!'" says Steinfeld. "I was practically crying on the way home."
Despite being blown off, Steinfeld isn't upset with Michele.
"Everything is totally fine," she told MTV. "It was just really bad timing, and I was so embarrassed because of what I was wearing. The only thoughts that were going through my head were, 'Oh my God, Lea Michele thinks I'm a total freak.'"
For her part, Michele, 24, says she feels sorry about the situation.
“I heard Hailee was upset and [I] feel terrible," Michele said in a statement to Gossip Cop. "The ‘Glee’ schedule is so jam-packed that the PA probably pulled me so that I wouldn’t be late to set. I never meant to hurt her feelings. She’s an extraordinary talent and I look forward to meeting her one day.”
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