Lea Michele says she has a lot in common with her 'Glee' character Rachel Berry, including her independence and ambition to be a performer.
The actress - who plays Rachel Berry in the musical TV show about a school singing club - followed her dreams of becoming a Broadway star before landing a part on the series, something which she believes helps her understand her character's drive.
She said: "I think we share more characteristics with our on-screen roles than we are willing to admit sometimes. I am a big [Barbara] Streisand fan, I come from Broadway and I love performing on stage, very similar to Rachel.
"But not only that, I understand her drive. If you watch the show, and the last two episodes of Season 2, she says 'I'm going to New York and I'm going to be a performer.' And I was and am very much like that. Very driven and on the path of knowing what I wanted to be."
Lea is also very proud of how she has been able to resist strongly peer pressure off-screen, which one of the things she can most relate to about Rachel.
In an interview with The Independent newspaper, she added: "I knew what I wanted to be and I didn't let other people influence me or change who I was to fit a certain mould. Like getting a nose job, for Example. I didn't want to get a nose job, because other people said you should, because everyone else in my high school was doing it, and that's what I love most about Rachel and what I can relate to."