The Mayor, ABC’s new sitcom which won our vote for the best new series of the fall, centers on Brandon Michael Hall as a young rapper who stages a mayoral campaign as a stunt…but then is shocked to learn he’s actually elected. Fortunately, he has his former-classmate-turned-chief-of-staff Valentina (Lea Michele) to guide him, which means lots of political jargon for the Glee and Scream Queens star as her character is “obsessed with politics.”
But funnily enough, Michele’s new role as Val is actually a lot closer to what she wanted to be than Glee‘s Rachel Berry when she was growing up.
“I wanted to be a lawyer growing up,” Michele revealed. “I was on the debate team. I was varsity debate…major champion, I won lots of awards for it, and I was like, maybe this is what I want do to, but then I kept doing this, which is definitely what I think I should be doing!”
To hear more from Lea about The Mayor, press play on the video above.
The Mayor premieres Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.