Even though Glee's Mike O'Malley stars in a new show coming on NBC this fall, the actor took some time out at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour to remember Cory Monteith this Saturday.
While on the Welcome to the Family panel, Mike was asked about Monteith, who played his stepson on the Fox dramedy and who was found dead in Vancouver earlier this month.
"Many of my scenes on Glee were usually with either Chris Colfer or Cory Monteith and I think that I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him when I had to throw… his character, Finn, out of the house because of slur that he used,” O’Malley told reporters. “It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over again, the depth of the emotion he was able to portray, the sorrow, the shame.”
In addition to complimenting the late actor’s talent, O’Malley also remarked on Monteith’s character, saying that he was a very welcoming and kind person. Referencing his role as the “fictional quarterback of the show” he stated that he was also the “real quarterback on th[e] set”. Echoing what many others who worked with Monteith have said, both from Glee and from other projects, O’Malley remarked that Cory would always welcome everyone who came on the show and that he was a hard working actor that he loved working with.
With his on-screen son, Kurt (Chris Colfer) now off in New York, there wasn’t as much of a call for Burt (and O’Malley) to be around in season four. However, O’Malley does hope that he is going to be able to reprise his role as Burt Hummel in season five, especially for the third episode, which is to be the tribute episode for Monteith.
“I hope to. I’m here doing Welcome to the Family, and we shoot one episode, five days a week, but Burt is a very, very important role to me. It’s been a great, great part and I’ve said to all of those guys, I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturdays Sundays, whatever I need to do to participate in not only continuing to be on that show, but honoring Cory and his passing, and that character.
"He is, on that show, my stepson, so I certainly plan on being there and I actually think they’re going to be possibly shooting that episode on the time we’re on hiatus."
Glee season 5 premieres on September 26 on Fox and Welcome to the Family premieres on October 3 at 8:30/7:30C on NBC.