Lea Michele on Cory Monteith: ‘There’s No Greater Man’


On the eve of Glee‘s Cory Monteith tribute episode, “The Quarterback,” Lea Michele is opening up about her late boyfriend’s heartbreaking death in July.

In an exclusive interview with TV Week Australia, the singer-actress confessed, “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.”

Lea also revealed that the episode will feature a scene inspired by true events. According to the starlet, Cory, who was a practical joker, stole a plaque from set and told Lea they were “going to take it all over everywhere we go and take pictures of us with this plaque!”

“Then I got the script and thought it was so unbelievable that they chose to do that in the episode. So, for me, there are a lot of little things that are so special, everything means a lot to me,” Lea said. “There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.”

The special episode will also feature a medley of tribute covers by the cast. Lea, who plays Rachel Berry, will perform her rendition of Adele‘s “Make You Feel My Love,” and co-star Naya Rivera who plays Santana will cover The Band Perry‘s “If I Die Young.”

The most-buzzed about episode airs on Thursday, October 10 at 9 p.m. on FOX.