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The Real Housewives Of Atlanta: Lea Michele On NeNe Leakes’ Glee Role!

January 09, 2012 09:00 AM by Ashley Lee

Next Tuesday not only marks the return of Glee with brand new episodes, but also the debut of NeNe Leakes on the musical dramedy! But making the jump from The Real Housewives of Atlanta to the scripted series wasn’t as easy as she’d hoped it be, especially since her acting gig is a recurring role on the show. She’s the first reality television personality to ever guest star on Glee, and lead actress Lea Michele was nothing but starstruck when NeNe was on set!

When NeNe Leakes first announced the news on Twitter, she couldn’t stop raving about it!

“The secret is out! YES I hav a recurring role on GLEE! I’m coach Roz Washington the synchronized swim coach! So honored.”

Her character, Roz Washington, definitely draws from Nene’s strong personality in real life and as portrayed on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and she will be put up against Jane Lynch’s harsh character, cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.

“Running through the house screaming Gleeeeee! Coach Roz Washington is gonna get that Sue Sylvester! I’m so proud of myself…Studying lines now! My memory is just gone LOL! Gotta head right back 2 the Glee set after the holidays.”

Glee star Lea Michele told Bravo’s Andy Cohen that she’s a fan of NeNe’s reality show:

“We found out that her real name was Linnethia… which I am obsessed with now,” she said. “She’s awesome. She plays the new swim coach… We literally raided her trailer.”

The number of episodes that NeNe will appear in has yet to be confirmed, but its definitely more than just one. Will she become a regular on the show, or even break out in song sometime soon?

The new episodes of Glee return to FOX on Tuesday, January 17 at 8pm!

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