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Lea Michele not 'pretty enough' for roles

Actress tells THR she was 'too ethnic' for Hollywood

Prior to landing a part on "Glee," Emmy-nominated actress Lea Michele was told she was "not pretty enough" for roles.

"I was always told I was too ethnic or not pretty enough or too much this or not enough of that," Michele said at The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy roundtable.

The actress, who turns 24 on Sunday, said she had never gotten a callback for a television show before "Glee," but show creator Ryan Murphy remembered meeting her through a mutual friend.

Michele said, " 'Glee' was the first audition I went on, and Ryan was there. After going through the studio and the network, he told me that he had written it with me in mind."

Michele is nominated for best actress in a comedy series, and is competing against Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("The New Adventures of Old Christine"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Toni Collette ("United States of Tara").