Following the tragic death of her Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch has revealed how hard the ordeal was for his on and off screen girlfriend, Lea Michele.
Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson in the hit US teen musical drama, was found dead in his Canadian hotel room in June following a lethal cocktail of alcohol and heroin.
Monteith had a well-documented battle with substance abuse and had not long been out of rehab when the tragedy happened.
Lea Michele, who had been planning to marry the star, was quite obviously devastated but, for the sake of the rest of the Glee cast and crew, declined the offer from creator Ryan Murphy to cancel the show in wake of Monteith’s death.
Since then the cast have been working on the new series, which includes a tribute episode to Monteith where it also expected that an on-screen explanation to his character’s departure will be revealed, but according to Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the show, Lea has found the ordeal brutal, but has dealt with it all like a “champion”.
According to People the actress is reported as saying:
“I know it’s just been brutal for her. I never lost a boyfriend when I was 26 years old. I can’t tell her what her experience is. She’s a champion, and she is a rock star, and she is getting through this.”
Lynch went on to discuss her own sadness over Monteith’s death:
“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,
“Every 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.
“I don’t think it’s ever really over for anybody. It’ll be great for the fans that we’re shining a light on this, that it happened, because I know it affected a lot of people in the country, so everybody can grieve together.”
Glee is set to return later this month with a double tribute episode dedicated to the works of the Beatles, followed by the Monteith memorial episode – Watch Lynch’s touching tribute to Monteith at this year’s Emmy’s in the clip below: