Once upon a time, there was a little girl in New Jersey named Lea Sarfati. Growing up, she had a hard time with mean kids in school coming up with cruel nicknames for her because of her surname. We won't dare share some of them with you, but the story goes that when that little girl grew up to be an actress, she changed her name in her first audition to … Lea Michele!
And here we are!
Check out the video (above) to hear Lea share the story with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.
No, seriously, is she not as cute as button or what?! And how short is that dress! Whoo!
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