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Lea: I was bullied over my name

Lea Michele has confessed she changed her last name because she was bullied at school.

The Glee star revealed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno that her real name is Lea Sarfati, but she was teased at school about it.

Lea said: "Sarfati. That's my real last name. I don't use it a lot because I got Lea So-fatty, Lea So-farty at school."

The 25-year-old actress - who stars in new romantic comedy New Year's Eve - revealed how she made up a new name on the spot at her very first audition and has never looked back.

Lea said: "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.' And I've been Lea Michele ever since."

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