While Rachel Berry would probably never get a tattoo — she’d fear it would affect her ability to get cast as a young Barbra Streisand or maybe, out of respect for Jewish law — we’ve all seen evidence that Lea Michele thinks differently. We didn’t know how differently until last night, when the Glee star appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and shocked the host by telling him she actually has 14 tattoos, most of them in “secret spots.”
“You have 14 secret spots?!” Letterman asked incredulously. Yes, but not much more than that, she said. And most of these tats, she explained, were done on family outings, when the whole Safarti (that’s her real surname) clan apparently get “super sentimental” and get inked together. That is basically one of the best reasons to get a tattoo we can ever imagine. So where are all these secret spots? We can’t locate many in the photos we have available to us. But here’s what we found:
1. The music notes on her shoulder:
2. The bird on her hip:
3. The butterfly on her right foot:
4. The words “Our city, our love” on her right foot:
5. The word “Imagine” on her left foot:
6. The words “I Believe,” the name of a song from her breakout musical, Spring Awakening, on her wrist:
7. Unknown words on her left side:
8, 9 and 10. We don’t have access to these photos, but she has a cross on her left ribcage and a butterfly on her right hip. According to this Tumblr, there’s also a heart on her right index finger and a gold star on her left wrist. That leaves three more unaccounted for.
Lea says she’s out of real estate for tattoos she can hide, but now we think it’s about time she gets one that’s bigger than a dime that she can show off, don’t you? The Glee makeup artists can cover it up if Rachel disapproves!
[Photos: Getty Images, GQ]