Dianna Agron was born Savannah, Georgia and grew up between San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco, California.
Agron is Jewish. Her father is a lifelong Jew and her mother converted. Agron attended Hebrew school for a time and had a Bat Mitzvah.
She isn’t averse to talking about her heritage and has even cracked a joke or two about the fact that she is out of her element playing a Bible-reciting, cross-bearing Christian on her show, Glee!.
Agron has talked about being persecuted during high school, using her experiences to relate to the gay community. She once said:
There are words and names that one might hear that would be far worse than, ‘latke girl!’ I cannot imagine the strength it requires to endure the constant torture one might be subject to [as a young gay person].
Agron is quite liberal politically. Her favorite causes are animal rights and gay rights.
But she’s much more outspoken about her concern for the gay community. She once wrote:
Sadly, we’ve gotten letters from people who explain that they love the show but hate the gay story-lines. That we shouldn’t be polluting their children’s heads. To this I’d sometimes like to sarcastically reply, 'Would you also like us to tell them that a stork is dropping off our offspring? That the sky is purple? That it is not practical to be true to yourself…?"
Agron even met once with President Obama as a supporter of Obama’s “Young America Effort.” She later tweeted:
Maybe the only man I truly get nervous around. Worth the early wake-up call.