Poor Lea! Her ‘Glee’ co-star revealed that she’s still devastated over her late boyfriend’s death.
Lea Michele has put on a brave face since Cory Monteith‘s death, but that doesn’t mean she’s no longer struggling with it day-in and day-out. Jane Lynch revealed that his passing has been “brutal” on Lea — we can’t even imagine how much pain she must still be in.
Jane Lynch: Cory Monteith’s Death Has Been ‘Brutal’ On Lea Michele
“I know it’s just been brutal for her [Lea],” Jane told People on Sept. 20 at Variety & Women In Film’s pre-Emmy event in Beverly Hills, Calif., sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards and Ciroq. “I never lost a boyfriend when I was 26 years old. I can’t tell her what her experience is. She’s a champion, and she is a rock star, and she is getting through this.”
Jane went on to say that little reminders of Cory — who passed away unexpectedly on July 13, 2013 — are tough for her as well.
“Every day that I go to work, I walk past his trailer; and every time I look at a call sheet, I see that his name is not on there,” she said. “Every time I do a scene with the kids, I realize that he’s not there, so you’re reminded in every moment. It’s hard, and it feels like such a waste.”
Cory Monteith Tribute At 2013 Primetime Emmys
Jane had the honor of paying tribute to Cory at the 65th Emmy Awards on Sept. 22.
“It is remarkable and perhaps a little curious how fast TV shows become like families,” Jane began in the emotional speech. Here’s how she continued:
This summer, on our show Glee, we suffered a painful death in our family. Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback, turned wide-eyed, heartfelt Glee singer. And from the first time you saw Cory, he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love wit Cory, and I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that openhearted quality that we love in Cory, it was no act. Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to, his death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight we remember Cory for all he was, and mourn the loss of all he could have been. To a generation that loved Cory so, please know, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love. And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness firsthand Cory’s goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness, and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise, you’d have loved him even more.
Glee returns to Fox on Sept. 26. It’s going to be very hard for Glee fans to watch the show without Cory on it.
— Nicole Karlis