5 ‘Glee’ Stars Speak on How They’re Coping With Cory Monteith’s Death

‘Glee’ actor Cory Monteith sadly passed away earlier this year following a heroin overdose after struggling with a drug addiction which he previously tried to get help for (he had just completed a rehab stint when he died). Now, ‘Glee’ has paid tribute to the actor with a special episode before they sadly wrap up the tv show which launched his career, finishing off at the end of the sixth season. Doing their best to both honor his memory and also move on with their lives, these 5 ‘Glee’ actresses and actors has spoken on how they’ve coped after losing their close friend and how it has impacted their lives.

Darren Criss

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Darren says you have to try and hold it together: ”Obviously it’s been a very rough time. When you start picking up the pieces after something as tragic as this, and it’s funny that you say that, you don’t know how to breach it, we’re picking up the pieces now and there’s two things you gotta remember. One, is he was a really funny guy and he loved life. He always took care of his friends and wanted his friends to be happy. So it’s only right that we, you know, try and start to smile again and laugh again. It’s something that he would have wanted.”

Dianna Agron
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Dianna wants people to focus on the positive: ”I think what’s so sad about this business and life in general is people would rather spread bad news than good news. And I’m over here, and especially while this is happening, it’s hard to be so far away and it’s hard to hear bad news about people that I love.”

Jane Lynch
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Jane says that grief continues to come and go: “I think that grieving comes in waves. 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.LEvery time I do a scene with the kids I realise that he’s not there, so you’re reminded in every moment. It’s hard, and it feels like such a waste.”‘

Lea Michele
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Lea is grateful for the time she had with him: “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, 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.”

Naya Rivera
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Naya believes the whole cast still find it hard: ”We’re definitely taking it day by day. Everybody’s really just leaning on each other and trying to do good work.”