Lea Michele calls Cory Monteith’s ‘Glee’ tribute episode “perfect”
On the eve of the Cory Monteith’s ‘Glee’ tribute episode airing in the US, the late star’s on and off-screen girlfriend Lea Michele has spoken out about the impact of his death on both herself and the show’s cast.
While the actress has described the episode, which hits the small screen in the US tonight, “perfect,” she admits she hasn’t sat down yet to watch it in full.
“I haven’t seen it yet, but we did it because it was something we all needed to do together,” the 27-year-old told TV Week.
“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.”
When asked if she ever felt like leaving the show altogether Lea explained: “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.”
Lea’s cast mate Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr Schue on the show, insisted it was the starlet’s bravery that inspired the cast on set, as she was the first to step up and perform her tribute number.
“She had one of the first songs we filmed for the episode and she did it so beautifully and after, she said something like, ‘It can’t be harder for anyone else than it was for me,’” he shared.
“So, we knew we had to show up because our leader stepped forward and kind of gave permission to all of us to do it. I don’t think we could have done it without her.”
Speaking of her love for Cory, Lea explained that fans need to remember he was so much more to him than the factors which were involved in his death.
“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 [the cause of his death] was this big,” she said, with the magazine explaining she held her fingers close together to reflect the miniscule amount.
“There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.”