Mrs. Carter: A day before “The Quarterback” airs, Lea Michele is opening up about the man that she, and millions of “Glee” fans around the world loved and lost.
There’s no doubt that Cory Monteith is a difficult subject to address for anyone who knew him, let alone the woman who was in a relationship with him for more than a year prior to his tragic death over the summer. It was for this reason that “Glee” was sensitive as to how much Lea should appear in his tribute episode, and it’s also for that reason that she has not done many interviews about what he meant to her. Until now, the most notable occasion in which she spoke about Cory was at the Teen Choice Awards.
However, Lea did open up to TV Week Australia on the subject, and said that while many people wonder if having Cory no longer with her makes her want to quit the show, she really feels as though it has the opposite effect:
“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 (who performs “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan, but more recently covered by Adele, in the episode) also explains what she would want the public to remember and take from his life rather than just thoughts of how he passed away:
“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 [tiny] in the scheme of who he was and his life.
“There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.”
“Glee’s” tribute episode airs in America at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on Fox. Want to hear about some more performances from this episode? Then just click here, and we are going to have more moving forward to the hour’s premiere.