The former child star was just nine years old when she featured on a special episode of popular US talk show Sally Jessy Raphael, titled I'm a Kid... & I'm Already a Star.
But when she arrived onstage to a sing a tune from her Broadway musical Les Miserables, Michele was crushed to discover her mum was nowhere in sight - and her seat had been taken by a random stanger.
She tells Allure magazine, "I remember my mother was so nervous, she couldn't sit in the audience. So they put another woman in my mum's seat. And it said under her name, 'Lea's mum.'"