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Aside from her speech at the Teen Choice Awards in August, Lea Michele hasn’t talked about the death of her co-star and boyfriend, Cory Monteith.
Now, the Glee actress addresses the devastating loss in a new interview with TV Week Australia.
“I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,” she says, referencing his Glee character.
Lea Michele Breaks Down Over Cory Monteith in Glee Promo
On tomorrow night’s episode, the show will air its tribute episode, titled the “The Quarterback,” to Cory’s character, and Lea calls it “perfect.”
“We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him,” she shares. “It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”
During the interview, the actress reveals how the writers found a bit of inspiration from the couple’s relationship offscreen for this week’s episode.
“One day I came home and Cory was there with this plaque from the set that we always had in the glee club and I said, ‘What’s this doing here?’ and he said, ‘I took it!’” recalls Lea, who sings a heartbreaking rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” on this week's show. “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!”
Glee's Tribute Episode Will "Deal Directly" With Cory Monteith’s DeathShe continues, “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 thing that are so special, everything means a lot to me.”
Cory died from a drug and alcohol overdose on July 13 in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada. He was found in his hotel room.
“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…” she says. “There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.”When asked if she ever considered quitting the show, the 27-year-old responds, “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.”
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Watch the promo for tomorrow's show below: