updated 10/19/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/19/2010 AT 2:50 PM ET
Lea Michele has thumbed her nose at the ubiquitous pressure in Hollywood to be perfect.
When she first started acting, people told her she needed to get a nose job – but with the encouragement of her mom, she held firm and refused.
“I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn’t get one,” Michele, 24, says in the November issue of GQ. “And if anybody needed it, I probably did. But my mom always told me, growing up, ‘Barbra Streisand didn’t get a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And I didn’t.”