Lilli Cooper Says It’s ‘Surreal’ That She, Lea Michele Both Have Kids

Lilli Cooper Talks Raising Kids Alongside Lea Michele- It-s So Surreal
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Lilli Cooper and Lea Michele have been wide-eyed Broadway ingenues after they landed their large breaks in Spring Awakening — and now they’re each moms.

“It’s simply so surreal and full circle to be celebrating our kids collectively,” Cooper, 33, solely informed Us Weekly on the American Theatre Wing 2023 Fall Gala on Monday, September 11.

Cooper gushed that, in fact, the previous Broadway costars have “gotten the children collectively,” referring to her son, Bodhi, and Michele’s son, Ever, whom the Glee alum shares with husband Zandy Reich. “Lea introduced her son to my son’s birthday celebration [recently].”

Cooper and her husband, Paul McLaughlin, welcomed their first child in September 2021.

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“Bodhi simply turned 2! He’s superb, he’s climbing the partitions [and] he’s like probably the most lively 2-year-old I’ve ever seen,” Cooper informed Us of her firstborn’s newest milestones. “Lately, he’s been working within the puddles within the rain [and] having a blast.”

Cooper has additionally discovered the way to stability taking good care of Bodhi along with her profession. The Tony Award nominee is presently starring in Broadway’s The Cottage.

“It’s actual laborious. You recognize pulling myself collectively and placing make-up on and a clear outfit is unquestionably a uncommon outing for me,” she confessed on Monday. “I’ve an unimaginable help system and it’s simply sooner or later at a time, actually.”

The Cottage, a play directed by Jason Alexander, opened on the Hayes Theater in July. Cooper stars reverse Will & Grace star Eric McCormack, former Saturday Night time Stay comic Alex Moffatt and Hart of Dixie alum Laura Bell Bundy.

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“It’s a completely stacked forged and it’s really a reasonably small forged, so we’ve gotten to know one another rather well and we’re having a blast,” Cooper informed Us of her stage costars. “Truthfully, I believe we’re having an excessive amount of enjoyable generally! … I needed to pinch myself [and] faux I wasn’t completely fangirling round everybody.”

She continued: “To be brutally sincere, I undoubtedly broke [character] the worst I’ve ever broke the opposite day and I began laughing and I couldn’t hold it collectively as a result of this forged is so hilarious.”

Lilli Cooper Talks Raising Kids Alongside Lea Michele- It-s So Surreal

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Whereas Cooper’s Broadway credit vary from The Cottage to SpongeBob SquarePants, her large break got here in 2006’s Spring Awakening. Cooper originated the position of Martha, who was one in every of Wendla’s (Michele) classmates. Cooper, Michele, 37, and costars Jonathan Groff, Skylar Astin and extra lately reunited for HBO’s reunion live performance film.

“I really feel for me the minute I hear My Junk,’ I consider my knees swaying aspect to aspect, and me taking a look at Phoebe [Strole] and Lilli and Remy [Zaken], and the minute we began it within the live performance, I used to be pondering, ‘Holy f–king s–t, oh my God,’ it introduced me proper again,” Michele informed Billboard in April 2022. “And the tune that felt probably the most totally different for me personally — I struggled with singing ‘Whispering’ on Broadway each evening, I may by no means work out the way to make the tune come to life. … And I don’t know, one thing about being 35 — I felt way more of a way of energy and power I want I’d felt again then, as a result of that’s what Wendla’s feeling at that second.”