“Glee” will soon be bidding goodbye to Cory Monteith‘s character Finn, and now his real-life girlfriend and costar Lea Michele is talking about saying goodbye to him in her own life. The “Glee” tribute episode is slated to air on FOX on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m., and Michele says it was an important way for the cast to grieve after Monteith’s July 13 death.
“I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,” she tells 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, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”
In the episode, called “The Quarterback,” Michele sings a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Her “Glee” costar Matthew Morrison says her performance inspired the rest of the cast to give the tribute episode their all.
“She had one of the first songs we filmed for the episode and she did it so beautifully and after, she said something like, ‘It can’t be harder for anyone else than it was for me,'” he recalls. “So, we knew we had to show up because our leader stepped forward and kind of gave permission to all of us to do it. I don’t think we could have done it without her.”
Don’t expect Michele to quit “Glee” just because Monteith passed away. She says sticking with the show is what’s helped keep her together.
“Everyone is asking: ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’, but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together,” she says. “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 [holds up fingers to show small space] 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.”