Lea Michele First Interview About Cory Monteith: “There Was No Greater Man”
Lea Michele opens up about the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith for the first time in a new interview with TV Week Australia. “I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,” the actress tells the magazine, referring to Monteith’s “Glee” character. A tribute to the actor and Finn is set to air on FOX on Thursday, and Michele says while she hasn’t seen the episode “yet,” the cast “did it because it was something we all needed to do together.”
“We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him,” recalls Michele. “It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.” When asked if she ever contemplated leaving “Glee” in the wake Monteith’s passing, the TV star explains why she remains committed to the show. She tells the magazine, “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.”
Michele goes on to reveal one part of the tribute that hit close to home, when her character Rachel receives a plaque about Finn from the glee club — similar to a plaque Monteith had brought home from the set in real life. “He said, ‘This summer we are going to take it all over everywhere we go and take pictures of us with this plaque!’ and that’s what we did,” she remembers. “Then I got the script and thought it was so unbelievable that they chose to do that in the episode.”
“So, for me, there are a lot of little things that are so special; everything means a lot to me,” notes Michele. The former Broadway star stresses that she wants Monteith to be remembered for much more than the controversial way he died. “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. I feel like what happened with Cory was this big,” she tells TV Week, using her fingers to symbolize something tiny, “in the scheme of who he was and his life.”
“There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky,” adds Michele.