Glee star Lea Michele is "slowly" moving on after the death of her actor boyfriend Cory Monteith, but still speaks of him all the time.
The actress (27) had been dating her Glee co-star Monteith (31) for nearly two years when he died of a drug overdose in July.
She gave her first interview addressing the loss of her boyfriend and co-star, who played lead role Finn Hudson, with TV Week Australia magazine.
“I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,”
“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.”
The cast of Glee have filmed a special episode dedicated to Monteith, who played the lead role of Finn Hudson and is set to air in Ireland later this month, in which they address his untimely death both in real life and on screen.
It is set to be an emotionally charged episode addressing drug use and the dangers associated with addiction.
In fact, many of the cast and crew found it so difficult to film that certain scenes were recorded in just one take.
“We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him,” Michele recalled.
“It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.
“I haven’t seen it yet, but we did it because it was something we all needed to do together.”
Show creator Ryan Murphy added "Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance, because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it."
"I've never seen a crew where you can't continue shooting because they left the room sobbing."
Co-star Matthew Morrison praised Michele's strength during filming following Monteith's untimely death, saying: “She had one of the first songs we filmed for the [tribute] episode, and she did it so beautifully.
"And after, she said something like, ‘It can’t be harder for anyone else than it was for me'.
“So, we knew we had to show up because our leader stepped forward and kind of gave permission to all of us to do it. I don’t think we could have done it without her.”