Lea Michele calls ‘Glee’ tribute to Cory Monteith ‘perfect’

Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in June 2013, one month before his death.
Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in June 2013, one month before his death. Getty Images

TORONTO – Cory Monteith’s girlfriend and Glee co-star says Thursday’s episode about the death of his character Finn Hudson was “something we all needed to do together.”

“I feel like I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,” Lea Michele told TV Week Australia. “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.”

Calling the tribute episode “perfect” and “therapeutic,” the 27-year-old actress said it was important for her to keep working on Glee following Monteith’s death in July.

“We might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together,” she said.

The episode, which airs Thursday on Global, is set a few weeks after Finn’s unexplained death. Cast members sing songs like “If I Die Young” and “Seasons” as they mourn the loss.

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Michele sings the Bob Dylan song “Make You Feel My Love,” which was previously covered by Adele.

Michele remembered Monteith as a practical joker and said the cause of his tragic death – from a toxic mix of heroin and champagne – was a very small part of his story.

“I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something,” she said, “that I was lucky enough to have him in my life.”

The heartbroken star added: “There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky.”