when artie didn’t wanna do the men of mckinley calendar and finn was like don’t do what you’re not comfortable with and then marley didn’t wanna be half naked on stage and will was like ok you’re suspended lol
On Glee, when Monteith’s affable all-American Finn Hudson fell for Michele’s tightly wound Rachel Berry, he suddenly seemed brighter, and she warmer and more human. And a version of the same true in real life. Though Monteith and Michele were of course not their characters, there was enough obvious overlap that when their offscreen romance began showing up in tabloids, the Glee fans watching - and there were many - found them both a bit shinier and also more relatable. Real love has that effect: One person smooths out the other’s rough edges.
Over the course of two days together for this story, Michele’s eyes mist up a few times. But it’s not until she plays another song, “You’re Mine”recorded well before Monteith’s death that she actually lets go. It’s a comparatively upbeat track built around the notion that one person can belong to another for life. It’s about the way love makes you feel invincible- everything else seems possible, because you have this person on your team forever. As it plays, Michele closes her eyes, sings along and cries. “It makes me so happy, this song”, she shouts over the backbeat, grinning through her tears. “It makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think of him, I play this.
Immediately following Monteith’s death, Michele turned to [Kate] Hudson. “I called her and said, “I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters],” Michele remembers. “She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house’- Like it was nothing.” The seclusion was just what she needed. “No one knew I was there, which was great,” she says. “She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator there were my favorite juices. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.” Hudson still gets choked up talking about those weeks. “Honestly, she was inspiring,” the actress says. “She’s a very strong, special, loving woman. She really has dealt with the emotional side of it in way that has been very healthy.
"Now that I’m in this position, you can choose to rise and that’s what I’m going to try to do," she says. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people. I don’t know if I will. I don’t know how."……
"It’s very hard," she says, shaking her head. "And you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength and comfort"
- Lea Michele for Elle Magazine, December 2013
She’s so strong. He was so strong too. Always looking to make things better, to take bad experiences and work through them, make them better and give people hope and she’s doing that now too and I cry because why does bad shit consistently happen to good people?
To help write a song about Monteith, she reached out to Sia Furler, the Australien singer-songwriter who has worked with Katy Perry, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera and has five songs on Michele’s album. When they met, “it took her a second and then I guess she read me right, and she knew that her secrets were safe with me,” Furler says. The cowrote “If You Say So” - named for the last words Monteith said to Michele. The track isn’t finished yet, but it will definitely be on the album, Michele says, as will another track added after Monteith died, called Cannonball.” While working with Furler on that song, the actress broke down in sobs. I said [to Furler], ‘I feel like I’m starting to just sink in it, and he would never want me to do that. I need to remember that you have to live, because you can want to die.