Lea Michele: Ashton Kutcher 'inspired me so much' (Video)
Lea Michele says she was inspired by her "New Year's Eve" co-star Ashton Kutcher, a longtime comedy actor who plays her love interest in the film.
The movie is set for release on Friday, December 9 and boasts a star-packed cast that includes the likes of Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, Alyssa Milano, Sofía Vergara, Seth Meyers and Robert De Niro.
Michele, best known for her role as diva-like student Rachel Berry on the musical comedy series "Glee," portrays Jon Bon Jovi's backup singer in "New Year's Eve." Hijinks ensue when she gets stuck in an elevator with Kutcher's character.
Michele, 25, and the 33-year-old actor, former star of MTV's "Punk'd" who replaced Charlie Sheen on the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" earlier this year, appeared cozy at the recent Los Angeles premiere of the romantic comedy movie (see photos).
"What I learned the most about Ashton is that he, you know, he has comedy and everything in the back of his pocket," Michele told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at the event. "He never stops working. He's constantly working on his craft and working hard and that surprised me the most about him and that also inspired me so much."
The actress added that she "loved" playing Bon Jovi's backup singer and also named the first CD she ever purchased - Alanis Morissette's 1995 record "Jagged Little Pill."
"New Year's Eve" is directed by "Valentine's Day" director Garry Marshall and the scripts of both films were penned or co-written by Katherine Fugate. "New Year's Eve" also pairs up other well-known stars. Bon Jovi plays the ex-boyfriend of Katherine Heigl, while Zac Efron portrays the love interest of his former "Hairspray" co-star Michelle Michelle Pfeiffer.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).