November 17th, 2011
11:09 AM ET
“Glee” star Lea Michele is fighting eating disorder rumors, telling Allure that despite her vegan diet, she can really chow down.
"People get confused, like, you know, I just eat grass," Michele jokes about her veganism in the December issue. Although she's said that her diet does help her stay in shape, the actress tells Allure that just because she doesn’t eat animal products doesn’t mean she can’t pig out.
"I'm half Italian," she says. "I can eat some b-–s under the table."
But her weight loss isn’t all due to her diet. Michele, 25, explains that she had surgery for a jaw infection, which also caused her to drop pounds.
This isn’t the first time the former Broadway star has had to defend her looks. Lea says early in her career, it was suggested that she get plastic surgery. “I went to meet a manager who said, you have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you,” she recalls.
Luckily, Michele’s mother put the kibosh on that idea. “My mother would say to me, ‘Barbra Streisand never got a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And this was before I really even knew who Barbra was. I just knew that she was, like, the messiah for girls like me.”
She kept her nose, and clearly her natural beauty has paid off. The “Glee” star will appear on the big screen next month in romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve.”
Michele romances a Hollywood hunk in the flick, a moment she previously didn't think was possible.
“I never thought people would think I was attractive enough to star opposite Ashton Kutcher," she says. "I was always told I was gonna be the quirky friend."
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