Lea Michele explains name change to Leno
December 8th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

Lea Michele explains name change to Leno

“Glee” starlet Lea Michele has made a name for herself without using her actual last name, but she opened up about why she dropped it Wednesday on “The Tonight Show."

It's not unheard of for Hollywood stars to adopt a so-called mainstream moniker or just drop the last name altogether, but Lea says her new name was born of schoolyard bullying, not celebrity styling.

"Sarfati. That's my real last name," the 25-year-old actress revealed to Jay Leno. "I don't use it a lot because I got Lea So-fatty, Lea So-farty at school. So when I was little and I went on my first audition they were like, 'And may we have your name,' and I was like 'Lea Michele.'"

The “New Year’s Eve” star also explained the origin of the name Sarfati. “It's Sephardic, which is Spanish/Jew,” she told Jay of her heritage, joking that her family was “kicked out” of Spain.

Leno had a snappy comeback for the mini-dress clad actress: “Now why did you get kicked out? Was the skirt too short?”

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  1. Bust50-

    ever think your getting rejection when up we go cuz she is gay?....anything is possible.

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    July 2, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Filthy Hat --- educates for a living...


    April 12, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Woman in photo above is NOT filthy hat...no way

    she is fugly, dirty looking with no personality....you saw the other photo she's gross and filthy

    April 12, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. marina

    what a stupid hat right?

    April 12, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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    April 12, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Betzaida

    Do you think there's a National defense plan asanigt aliens? Seriously? I'm with Bill Hicks on this. Maybe we should just put down the gun and be like OKAY maybe we don't know everything VA:F [1.9.9_1125]please wait...VA:F [1.9.9_1125](from 0 votes)

    April 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Seth

    Funny thing is that she wasn't joking. I'm sure here family WAS kicked out of Spain for being Jewish. 1492 was the year...

    January 4, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sara

    I don't find her "like"'s distracting, but that's because the entire <25 crowd replaces "said" or "asked" with them. It's a generational thing. It's not a sign of poor education anymore. It's like accusing someone of being uneducated for replacing "because" with "'cause" in conversation. It's not the best, perhaps, by English standards– but it's nothing to get out panties twisted over.

    Haters gonna hate!

    January 4, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. kitty

    and then i was like famous and then everyone liked me, until i opened my mouth and they realized i was like and idiot.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      So why didn't you comment on the article instead of talking about yourself? At least she's smarter than you–"and idiot", really?

      December 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jerseygirl

    I wish she wouldn't say like. It makes her sound so pedestrian and uneducated.

    December 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Observer

    She still needs rhinoplasty..

    December 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dee

    Her mother is Italian Catholic, it should be said.

    December 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Me

    I guess Lea Snotebiche (it's French) was taken?

    December 9, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. luke

    How dare they call her starlet? She's a DIVA a real DIVA and I will always like her, I think nobody could be ever more better Rachel Berry than her.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. lojenk


    December 9, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. Snarky

    Also, who cares?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Incha

    Why is she changeing her name to Leno?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. tonysgirl1959

    I love Lea! She's so great! Beautiful girl, beautiful voice, and beautiful actress! Congratulations, on your success, and hopefully with much more to come.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. portalpuk


    never seen a skirt that was too high, or a blouse that was to low.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |

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