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On the eve of Glee's Cory Monteith tribute episode, Lea Michele has broken her silence regarding the loss of her boyfriend and co-star. "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,” she told TV Week Australia. She continued to explain the inspiration behind the show's treatment of Monteith's death, and how, because of her bravery, the rest of the cast found themselves inspired.
"We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him," Michele added. "It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic."
According to Michele, she lost two people when Monteith passed: Cory, and his character Finn. The tribute episode, aptly titled "The Quarterback," will feature Michele's character, Rachel, mourning Finn's death. She'll also present the glee club with a plaque that she took from the set and brought on trips with Monteith for fun. Ryan Murphy, in turn, wrote Monteith and Michele's real-life adventures into the script, which was "so unbelievable that they chose to do that in the episode," Michele added.