You know the saying: Live fast, party hard, then star in Glee.
Glee star Cory Monteith had a hell of an adolescence. While most of us were picking out colleges, Monteith was picking out downers.
The actor admitted to smoking pot at the age of thirteen and dropping out of school by sixteen, after which he found himself immersed in the drug scene.
"I burned a lot of bridges," Monteith tells Parade magazine, adding that he did "anything and everything, as much as possible...I had a serious problem."
Then, at the mere age of nineteen, Monteith's mom and family friends staged an intervention out of fear that he "could die."
"That's when I first went to rehab," he admits. But the first stay didn't stick. "I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing."
After stealing a bunch of money from a family member, Monteith said that's when he knew he hit rock bottom.
"I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn't care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, 'Yeah, it was me.' It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years."
It was then that the star began to look at his life to see what needed to be changed. He moved in with a friend, kicked the habit, and got a steady job as a roofer. That's when he started working with an acting coach.
"I don't want kids to think it's okay to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too. But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can."
Monteith, 29, recently received his high school diploma from an alternative school.