Lea Michele get up close for Flare magazine’s January 2013 cover sporting a retro-glam look wearing an Alberta Ferretti dress and Stephen Webster ring which was shot by Max Abadian.

In the exclusive interview, she talks about career perseverance and Canadian men.

On her fashion ethics: “Food is for nutrition, so if that’s your preference, okay, but I don’t think there’s really a need to be wearing fur.”

On her Canadian boyfriend, Cory Monteith: “Canada makes some great dudes, and he’s definitely one of them—just the nicest, sweetest guy in the world. And it’s really great that I’ve gotten to go to Victoria and Vancouver a lot—it’s so beautiful.”

On her her “perfect companion:” “I found [my cat Sheila] on the Paramount lot with some other kittens, and I took her home and found the other cats homes as well. She’s the greatest cat in the whole world, so spunky and fun. It wouldn’t be fair to have a dog, but she’s the perfect companion for me.”

On recording her upcoming album: “It’s a long process. I’m really going to take my time with it and make sure that it gets lots of attention.”

Read more over at Flare.com.

Credit: Max Adadian for Flare Canada