The Glee Cast Then & Now | LEA MICHELE | Then: Michele, just 22, began Glee as the ambitious and sometimes self-involved "Gleek" Rachel Berry with dreams of getting out of Lima, Ohio, and finding superstardom. Now: After some success in N.Y.C., Rachel (SPOILER) heads back to McKinley High for the show's swan song (beginning Friday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox), leaving Broadway to help revive her alma mater's glee club. As for 28-year-old Michele? Well, you know the rest.