In one of her first interviews since losing Cory Monteith on July 13, Lea Michele is opening up about her experience losing him, and the difficult decision to film "Glee's" upcoming Finn Hudson (Monteith) tribute episode.
The process of filming the Finn Hudson tribute was "very therapeutic." As Michele told Australia's TV Week in an October 8, 2013 interview, "I feel like, for me personally, 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."
When asked if she ever considered quitting the show, she responded, “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."
When asked how she wanted the fans to remember her late boyfriend, she responded, "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," she said, holding her fingers together to reflect a miniscule amount, "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."
For the upcoming Finn Hudson tribute episode, Michele will sing Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," a song that has special significance for Michele and Monteith. As "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy explained, "it was a very personal one for her and Cory. She’s ultimately the person who approved and chose that song. She wanted to do something personal. I don’t think she'll ever share why she chose that song."
"Glee's" Finn Hudson/Cory Monteith tribute episode, "The Quarterback," airs Thursday October 10 at 9/8c on FOX.