Following Cory Monteith’s July death, girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele has maintained much of her silence, but on the eve of Monteith’s Glee tribute episode, the actress finally opened up to TV Week Australia about the actor’s death. Michele shared details about filming the episode, which takes place a few weeks after Finn’s death (no reason is given on the show), and explained how the cast grieved together as a family. Here are excerpts from the interview:
On celebrating both Cory and Finn: “I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn. We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”
On continuing with the show: “Everyone is asking: ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’, but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together.”
On what it felt like to be with Monteith: “I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life…There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.”
Will you be watching the episode tonight?