It’s still hard for us fans to believe that almost a month ago we lost Glee’s Cory Monteith. However, for the cast and crew of the show, heading back to work this week must have had an extremely bittersweet feel to it. None more so than for Monteith’s on- and off-screen girlfriend, Lea Michele.
In the days and weeks following Monteith’s tragic death, Michele has been described as a rock, holding things together and refusing to let the incident mark the end of the hit dramedy. Glee’s creator, Ryan Murphy, has spoken of how he has been deferring to Michele about how to write Monteith’s Finn Hudson out of the series, stating: “nothing has been done and will be done in terms of any of the material without Lea blessing it and making sure it’s OK with her.”
It was announced a week ago that the third episode of the fifth season will be a tribute to Monteith and that it will “deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory’s passing and the drug abuse in particular”. It has now emerged just how involved Michele has been with the storyline.
According to HollywoodLife.com, Michele is urging the writers to “accurately portray Cory’s untimely passing.” Michele obviously sees this as an opportunity to continue Monteith’s work with people dealing with substance abuse issues and attempt to bring about something positive from Monteith’s death. US Weekly reports that: “Lea wants it [the episode] to reflect the truth, to warn people what can happen”.
HollywoodLife.com spoke with sources close to the cast who confirmed that Michele has been involved in every step of the way with the tribute episode: “Glee’s creative team is looking to Lea to give the final word on decisions that are being made for this season’s third episode, which will be an emotional tribute to Cory. The meetings are lengthy and Lea is a part of them to make sure everything is just right.”
While providing this support for her on set, the Glee family continue to rally around Michele off set as well. On August 9, Michele tweeted the following about a dinner at Murphy’s house:
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele)
The Monteith tribute episode will air on October 10. Glee returns to our screen on September 26.