Lea Michele: "There Was No Greater Man Than Cory"
The Glee star opens up about her loss on the eve of his tribute episode airing…
The 27-year-old star was left devastated when Monteith was found dead in his hotel room after succumbing to an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose in July of this year.
Speaking to TV Week Australia today (October 9) Lea revealed: “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.”
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When asked if she ever considered quitting the hit FOX show, Lea replied: “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.”
The actress sings a cover of Bob Dylan's Make You Feel My Love in the episode entitled The Quarterback, which airs in the US tomorrow (October 10).
Her co-star Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester, recalled: "She had one of the first songs we filmed for the episode and she did it so beautifully.
"After, she said something like, ‘It can't be harder for anyone else than it was for me.'"
Lea was also asked what she hopes fans will remember most about her late love, to which she said: "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 [Monteith's death] was [miniscule] in the scheme of who he was and his life."
She added: "There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky."