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PopWrapped's Project Cory: Remembering Cory Monteith - Pt. Three

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07/22/2013 12:00 am
PopWrapped's Project Cory: Remembering Cory Monteith - Pt. Three

Erika Rivera

Senior Editor

Adele Fredeluces

Staff Writer

Zoë Ambrozewska

Staff Writer

We here at PopWrapped are pleased to keep honoring our jukebox hero, Gleek and overall ultimate kind spirit, Cory Monteith. A life definitely that was taken too soon from us, Cory Monteith has left an indelible mark on our hearts and souls. 

We are continuing our celebration of Cory’s AMAZING life, work, & public service, instead of focusing on his tragic & untimely passing with this third part.

For Cory:

"Please Remember"

Time, sometimes the time just slips away
And you’re left with yesterday 
Left with the memories 
I, I’ll always think of you and smile 
And be happy for the time 
I had you with me 
Though we go our separate ways 
I won’t forget so don’t forget 
The memories we made

Please remember, please remember 
I was there for you 
And you were there for me 
Please remember, our time together 
The time was yours and mine 
And we were wild and free 
Please remember, please remember me

Goodbye, there’s just no sadder word to say 
And it’s sad to walk away 
With just the memories 
Who’s to know what might have been 
We’ll leave behind a life and time 
We’ll never know again

Please remember, please remember 
I was there for you 
And you were there for me
And remember, please remember me

Please remember, please remember 
I was there for you 
And you were there for me 
Please remember, our time together 
The time was yours and mine 
And we were wild and free 
And remember, please remember me

And how we laugh and how we smile 
And how this world was yours and mine 
And how no dream was out of reach 
I stood by you, you stood by me 
We took each day and made it shine 
We wrote our names across the sky 
We ride so fast, we ride so free 
And I had you and you had me

Please remember, Please remember
(Leann Rimes)

Adele Fredeluces: Remembering Cory

I will always admire Cory Monteith’s honesty and ability to open up and just have fun. Although I was just a fan who never met him personally, I, along with many other people, felt as if we did know him, not only through his portrayal as Finn Hudson, but also through the way he appreciated and responded to all of us.

You could always tell that he enjoyed what he was doing as an actor/musician and how big of heart he had. Cory had a way of just making people smile. If you were having a bad day and came across an interview or a funny video of Cory just being himself, you were bound to smile. At least that was the case for me.

Some of Cory’s most memorable moments come from off the set of Glee and on other sets as himself. I remember Cory’s first appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2010 and how adorable he was. The first season of Glee was ending and fans were just getting to know him. You could tell he was a bit nervous, but he looked like he had fun with whatever Ellen threw at him. He recalled his time as a Walmart people greeter, but then showed off the talent that got him on the hit show as Finn Hudson. Ellen had Cory reenact his audition tape with a bunch of Tupperware and pencils and you could tell by watching him that he had a natural gift with the drums. The thing that made me smile the most was just how humble he was about it.


When Cory appeared again on Ellen in 2012, he was still that huge awkward dork that fans fell in love with, but less nervous than the last time. The way he gushed about Lea was the cutest thing. He had the biggest smile and didn’t shy away from talking about his relationship.


Then there were those times Cory busted out little dance moves for the whole world to see. Cory wasn’t known for being the best dancer on Glee. He knew it, but he wasn’t ashamed. I remember he was on Conan in 2011 and he busted out this big dance move. His go to move was the time step and although he looked like a huge dork, he looked like he had fun. Just look at him!

Since then, he moved on from the time step and his go to move became the “tiny dance” as he liked to refer to it. He showed it off when he did the press tour for Glee Live and when he returned to Conan in 2012. He was groovin’ with his cast mates and it was one of the funniest and adorable videos I’ve ever seen.

While Cory had his fun interviews, he had his fair share of the serious ones where fans were able to see vulnerability. After he opened up to Parade magazine about his troubled past, so many fans supported him. He didn’t shy away from it and was open to talk about it.

One particular interview stood out to me where he showed his vulnerable side. In an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, he went on to talk about reuniting with his estranged father. Stroumboulopoulos pointed out that most people don’t have a good experience after a meeting like that happens. But Cory described the experience of meeting his dad again as one of the best things that has happened since his fame. He seemed so sincere and open. You could tell just how much maintaining relationships meant to Cory. That is a trait of his I’ll always appreciate and respect.


He then went on to talk about his past addiction and not knowing who he was.  He wasn’t afraid to be honest with us. And for all the people who had self-image issues, I think they were able to relate and feel that it was okay to be vulnerable once in a while.

 The words of wisdom I took from that interview: “Find something that inspires you. Find something that you can get excited about and that can become your new direction.” And that’s what Cory did. He found acting and inspired so many people, including myself.

You know, a part of me was pretty hesitant to look at his past interviews and videos because I didn’t want the sadness to overwhelm me more. But I couldn’t help but smile at how much of a loveable dork he was. He just seemed to be a genuine person, who wanted to make everyone feel accepted and loved.

Some people don’t get why fans are extremely devastated by the loss of Cory. I don’t think they realize that Cory wasn’t just some actor on some teen show. He was humble and grateful. He made people smile. He was vulnerable and honest. He gave people hope. He was our accepting big brother/friend. Most importantly, he was a part of something that made so many people believe in themselves.

Cory, you’ll always be my tall, awkward Canadian.

Thank you for always believing in us. We’ll miss you. Rest in Peace

Zoë Ambrozewska: Cory and His Co-Stars, The Glee Family

Glee fan favourite Finn Hudson is a reflection of Cory Monteith in more ways than one. We as fans have watched the McKinley High New Directions come together as a family over the past four seasons, and the same can be said of the cast. By working together day in and day out for the past four years, and experiencing the highs and lows of celebrity life together, the cast have developed a closeness few will understand. Cory is a shining example of this in the friendships he enjoyed with each of his cast mates. 

The most prominent instance of this is the bromance Cory shared with fellow McKinley High Titan

Mark Salling

. The two have frequently been seen together playing disc golf and enjoying other sports, as well as simply hanging out.

Salling’s initial simple tweet of ‘no’ upon Cory’s death, and later ‘going through a million memories and emotions today. ill love you always Brother Cory’ was possibly one of the most heartbreaking reactions to this tragic event.

As the McKinley High power couple at the start of season one, Cory and

Dianna Agron

began the Glee journey together. In the past, Dianna has described her reoccurring on-screen love interest as “the first person I met on set. First person that really made me feel comfortable” and also as her favourite part of filming the FOX hit. The two had obviously developed an intimate friendship through the show and the Glee Live tours, as is clear when you see the two interact in their shared public appearances.

Cory had twice revealed his celebrity crush to be

Amber Riley

. His sheer admiration for her voice was always apparent, as was, and is, her love for him as a brother.

As the passionate Glee club leader Will Schuester,

Matthew Morrison

acted as a mentor and later a best friend to Cory’s Finn Hudson on the show, most prominently shown through Finn appearing as best man at Will’s wedding. Off-screen the two appeared to be just as close, will Matthew paying tribute to his fallen ‘brother’ in a concert at 54 Below earlier in the week.

Finn as a character later developed into a mentor himself, especially in welcoming Sam Evans (

Chord Overstreet

) and Ryder Lynn (

Blake Jenner

) to McKinley High.

The development of Glee cast bromances continued with Cory and Chord, whose banter and shared humour was consistently posted on their respective Twitter accounts.

When he first worked with Cory on their ‘Juke Box Hero’ duet, twenty-year-old Glee Project winner Blake sang Cory’s praises, describing him as “the best actor. I learned so much just by working with him. The other day we’re on-set, and he was just giving me advice and telling me stories about his life… about acting and the choices that he makes… he’s just awesome. He’s like a big brother”.

“Cory Monteith is a gentleman and a scholar. When anybody asks me if he’s a cool guy I use those two words” –

Darren Criss

The Glee family are famed for being a tight-knit community who value their privacy, and yet in the little we publicly see of each of these relationships Cory’s gentle, kind and loving nature is still glaring obvious.

Indisputable evidence of the genuine friendships Cory shared with his co-stars, however, can also be seen in the touching tributes that have been paid since his untimely death. Glee stars including Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron and Jane Lynch have all expressed their devastation at the loss of their friend, as have many more via Twitter, for instance former Glee guest star John Stamos. 

Similarly, as Cory is shown to have welcomed guest stars to Paramount studios with open arms, there are countless stories of his friendly interactions with extras on the Glee set, as well as of his effort to go above and beyond for his fans.

Just as Finn Hudson brought the New Directions together in times of difficulty, Cory Monteith appears to have been the heart of the ever-growing cast of Glee. We can only hope that those fortunate enough to have worked with Cory during the past four years can find comfort in this, and will continue to treasure the relationships and memories they shared with him.


May he rest in peace.

Check back with us for Part 4 in a few hours!


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