In a recent interview on the “Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino” podcast, the 34-year-old actress and dancer reflected on why she nor any of the cast said much about Lea‘s behavior during filming.
“I remember getting so much shade and people were like, ‘Why don’t you go out and say it?’ And I’m like, ‘Guys, she’s pregnant and all this stuff is going around,’” Heather recalled about how the controversy exploded on social media. “And it’s true, I don’t know if maybe we were victims of bullying, and it’s a very victim thing to do to blame yourself, which is what people were saying, but … the only person who was honest about it was Naya [Rivera].”
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Heather went on, adding that “it was something that was very hush-hush on set, and now you see all these things coming out with these bigger names who were very disrespectful and mistreated a lot of people.”
“We absolutely could have stepped up and gone to the Fox execs and said how we felt about the situation, but no one did,” she recalled. “I think many people were very scared, and I know, genuinely, I felt like it wasn’t my place, and I don’t know why because I was a cast member.”
Heather also adds that some of Lea‘s behavior might have attributed to the fact that she was grieving the loss of Cory Monteith, who died in July 2013.
“We all got close with Lea at different points, and then we all weren’t as close with her,” Heather shared. “So there’s that human element to understanding who this person is, growing with that person, seeing her try to become better and taking care of herself after Cory’s past. It was just the elephant in the room.”