Lea Michele was a ''ballsy little kid''.

The 27-year-old actress - who plays singing sensation Rachel Berry in 'Glee' - admits she had no fear of anything when she was younger and proved that to her mother when she auditioned for a part in 'Les Miserables' at the age of eight.

She said: ''When I was eight and I auditioned for 'Les Miserables' [was when I realised I could sing]. My friend was auditioning and I wanted to too. Mum was like, 'You can't sing', but I'd never tried!

''After the audition I said, 'I think they really like me'. She said if we ever hear from them again, it will be a miracle. I was a ballsy little kid. I felt no fear at all.''

The brunette beauty has reportedly been branded a diva in the past by fellow celebrities and her co-stars but, although she insists the rumours are completely false, she claims she doesn't care what other people think of her anymore.

She told We Love Pop magazine: ''I am a very outspoken person, and if something makes me uncomfortable, you will know that it makes me uncomfortable. But that's as a far as it goes. I can assure that [diva rumours] aren't real. It's super frustrating sometimes, and I used to fight back, but now I feel like, 'You can think what you want to think about me - that's OK.''