When a beloved actor dies, millions of people who didn’t even know them grieve in their own way. But for their co-stars, showing up to work without the person you’ve been acting alongside for years is tragic.
He rose to prominence while starring as Finn on the musical sitcom Glee, but in 2013, Cory Monteith passed away after battling with addiction since his teenage years. The entire cast struggled to deal with the loss, especially his co-star Lea Michele, whom he had been dating at the time of his death. Michele said that eventually, not acting was more painful than getting back in front of the camera. She wanted to be surrounded by the Glee cast again, after all, she and Monteith both thought of the rest of the cast and crew as family. Plus, she said that Monteith would not have wanted her to give up on her passion.
Michele explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the end of that year,
“There is an empowerment that comes with grief, at some point you find it. It’s very hard but you will find it, and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise…And that’s what I’m just trying to do my best for him, because I know that that’s what he would have.”
Michele still keeps Monteith’s memory close. She recently got a new tattoo that says “Finn,” and she posts tributes to him every year.
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