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.
Agron is a vegetarian, a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and was even nominated the 2010 “Sexiest Vegetarian” by that organization.
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.
'Glee Star Dianna Agron Uses Website to Support Gay Rights and the Trevor Project ↩︎
Dianna Agron, Jessica Alba Meet With President Obama in Beverly Hills ↩︎