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How ‘Glee’ alum Lea Michele treated ‘EastSiders’ star Willam as subhuman

African-American actress Samantha Ware, 28, started the series of accusations against her former “Glee” co-star Lea Michele Sarfati, 33, professionally known as Lea Michele, on June 2, 2020. On the same day, “EastSiders” actor Willam Belli, 37, who is mononymously known as Willam, took to Twitter to share her own experience with Michele.


In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, Willam was asked why she described her experience with Michele on the set of “Glee” as being treated as subhuman. The draq queen claimed that she was blatantly ignored when she tried to talk to the actress who played Rachel Berry in the Fox series from 2009 to 2015.

Willam said she spoke to Michele but the latter did not say something back. Instead, the “Glee”alum just simply sighed into her phone, according to the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum.

“If someone says something to you, the main response is usually to respond back,” Willam explained. “Even if it’s negative, if you say something usually the other person will say something back.”


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on June 30, 1982, Willam is of Yugoslavian and Italian descent. In 2003, she made her film debut by playing Butch Queen in “American Pie: The Wedding.”

In 2004, Willam made her television debut in “Nip/Tuck” playing Cherry Peck, which appeared in five episodes. She and Bruce Bealke got married on September 9, 2008.

In 2012, Willam competed in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 4. She was disqualified from the reality competition for breaking the rules, the show’s first contestant to leave the competition due to disqualification.


Since 2012, Willam has been playing Douglas/Gomorrah Ray in the Netflix dark comedy web series “EastSiders.” For this role, she was nominated as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series by the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards.

This made Willam the first ever drag performer to be nominated in an acting category at the Emmy Awards. She is up against her “EastSiders” co-star Leith M. Burke.

Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards was originally scheduled to take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, USA from June 12-14, 2020. But due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it was postponed to June 26, 2020 and will be held via virtual ceremonies aired on CBS.

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