Lea Michele and Matthew Paetz
Lea Michele and Matthew PaetzInstagram/Lea Michele

Lea Michelle, who will turn 29 on Saturday (29 August), is best known as Rachel from "Glee". Apart from being a strong launching pad for her career, it was also the place where she met Cory Monteith, her leading man in the series who also went on to become her boyfriend. Two years after his death, Lea Michelle, opens up about finding love again and moving on in life.

On 13 July, 2013, at the age of 31, Monteith was found dead in his hotel room, devastating the entire world, especially his girlfriend of two years Lea Michelle. The cause of detah was ascertained as mixed drug toxicity. The actress has said that her friends helped her get through the difficult time, and although she will always hold Cory dear, Lea has now learnt to love again.

"I wanted to make sure that I was okay with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own. I didn't want anybody to fill any holes for me—that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together," she told Flare, before adding, "I needed to do that on my own. I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that's when someone miraculously came into my life."

The special someone she is referring to is 30-year-old aspiring actor and model Matthew Paetz -- who is seen in Lea's Instagram posts every now and then. Lea also candidly spoke about her upcoming show "Scream Queens", which is also a Ryan Murphy creation. "I think that the feminist message in Scream Queens is that girls are f**king badass. Ryan was saying the show is totally girl power. It's mainly a female cast, all of whom are incredibly talented, strong and successful women. But also, think of any scary movie: it's not the strong man that survives in the end; it's the girl. Girls are so much stronger than they know, and especially more than society makes them believe they are," she said.

Lea went on to call her "Scream Queens" co-star Emma Roberts her role model. "Emma speaks up for herself, she stands up for herself, she takes care of herself, and those are the kinds of girls I want to be around," reveals Lea.

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