Lea Michele: I Was Afraid To Smile After Cory Monteith’s Death

December 12, 2013 By:
Lea Michele: I Was Afraid To Smile After Cory Monteith’s Death
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Lea Michele sat with Ellen DeGeneres for a contemplative heart-to-heartabout loss and grief, a thoughtful chat that just made us want to reach through the screen and hug her.

It’s her most in-depth on-screen interview since Cory Monteith died this summer from a lethal overdose of heroin and alcohol in Vancouver. WhenEllen brought up the media circus that followed, Lea talked about how hard it was to mourn with little to no privacy whatsoever and trying to put the pieces of her life back together after hearing the news.

“It’s pretty intense,” she said of the paparazzi waiting outside her home. “And then if you smile it’s like, 'she’s so happy' and you know if you look sad they’relike, 'she’s terrible.' It’s just really hard, there’s so many different emotions and to kind of have people watching every step of the way.”

That’s when Lea stayed with Kate Hudson, a former guest star of “Glee,” who opened up her home to the TV actress, and in the process squashed those rumors that the two didn’t get along on set.

“To have that time at her home, to just really be in private with this for a moment before getting back to work and before going home, I’m just so thankful to her.”

Lea opened up about her relationship with Cory, saying that everyday of her life felt like being “the luckiest girl in the whole world” and that “he was the greatest man.”