We Gleeks have each been mourning Cory Monteith’s death in our own ways. Some have immersed themselves in Glee soundtracks and reruns, while others have avoided anything that showcased Cory’s voice and face like the plague.
One fan, named Christina Jones, decided to go a different route. She named a star after Cory; the same gesture that Cory’s character Finn did for on and off-screen love Lea Michele (Rachel Berry).
This infamous Finchel moment occurred during season three’s “Extraordinary Merry Christmas.” Amidst a diva-like list of demands from Rachel, Finn decided to skip the fancy baubles and name a star after him. When Rachel asks: “You named a star after me?” he explains: "No, I thought about that but then I named it Finn Hudson. Because there is already a star called Rachel Berry, and she’s right here on earth and she’s brighter than any of those stars up there. So I wanted to make sure that whenever she feels lonely, she can look up at the sky and no matter where I am she can know that I’m looking down on her.”
After hearing of Cory’s death, Christina posted on her Gleeks Tumblr that she had purchased a star and named it “Cory Monteith.” The star resides in the Canes Venatici constellation. In an exclusive interview with Wetpaint, Christina reveals what motivated her to make this gesture.
“After finding out about Cory’s passing, my blog Gleeks had a lot of messages from grieving fans and I felt kinda helpless,” Christina explained. “I knew nothing I could say could ease their pain.”
“I saw a photoset of the ‘Finchel’ star scene, and I just thought it was perfect. Letting people know that they could look up to the stars at night, and know that one of them was named after Cory, so they were never alone, just felt like the right thing to do. Rachel has her star and now Lea, Gleeks, Cory’s family and the Glee family have theirs.”
Christina received donations from over 150 Glee fans from around the globe to raise the $260.99 (£169.99) required to name the star. Her goal was met within twenty minutes.
Christina also shared some of her own memories of Cory: “Cory was a hard working guy; he worked his way up to the top but never for a second forgot where he came from. He wasn’t born into fame, he really worked for it, you know?” she said.
“That’s why he’s so special to so many people. He reminded us that if you work hard enough you can do whatever you want to.”
The choice to pay tribute to Cory in that way felt appropriate to Christina because, “I just think it was really lovely, I think the scene was so powerful is because it was so heartfelt and I just always get butterflies whilst watching it. Material things aren’t always the best gifts — ones from the heart are.”