Glee Stars Discuss Cory Monteith Tribute Episode
"It will be good to get a sense of closure" says Naya Rivera…
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 20:52
The cast and creators of Glee have opened up about shooting the emotional Cory Monteith tribute episode on the eve of its premiere.
Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in July as a result of an accidental overdose involving heroin and alcohol, and the upcoming Glee episode The Quarterback deals with the passing of his character Finn Hudson.
Speaking at the American Horror Story: Coven premiere, Ryan Murphy told reporters: "We wrote it because we loved Cory, so the episode is about how those people loved Cory and find it really hard to go on with the show, so to speak."
Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester on the hit Fox show, told The Hollywood Reporter: "It was really sad. Every day was really hard, but we hung together and it was really good to grieve together."
She continued: "What a bright light. We miss him terribly and it's a horrible thing. We got through it and we got through it together as a family."
Meanwhile co-star Naya Rivera, whose character Santana Lopez at one point had a relationship with Finn, revealed: "[Cory's passing] is heartbreaking and it's even harder to have to mourn the loss of your friend on camera when it's not acting, per se."
Rivera added: "It's a real thing and it's trippy in that way. It's tough. but at the same time it's good that we're doing it because the fans loved him just as much as we do.
"It will be good to get a sense of closure and be included in it. I feel like that's what Cory would have wanted."
The Quarterback premieres tonight (October 10) in the US.
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