Cory Monteith dying of an overdose of heroin with an alcohol chaser has overshadowed the upcoming season of Glee. Perhaps no one has been more affected by the young 31 year-old actor’s death than Lea Michele. With the news of her gracing the cover of the Marie Claire magazine’s August issue, the 26 year-old actress must look at the cover and think that bittersweet memories are made of this.
But the death of Monteith didn’t just affect Lea. It affected everyone that knew him and worked with him. Although Michele has even more reason than others to have an especially poignant memory of her onscreen and offscreen boyfriend. Because each time she sees that August cover of Marie Claire, she’ll remember her excitement at the shoot and the excitement of Menteith paying her a surprise visit.
Marie Claire Mexico/Latin America Editor-in-chief spoke of the the photoshoot with Lea and her joy when Monteith paid her the surprise visit on location. Michele was already excited to be doing the photoshoot and to be working with professionals she knew and admired. She tweeted:
Still caught up in the excitement she then tweeted:
But, somewhat tellingly, she didn’t tweet about her boyfriend’s surprise visit, just five weeks before his death. She obviously meant for that to be very private and something that she could relish alone. Now that Cory is gone, that time in Mexico must be a combination of bittersweet memories and wondering if there were any signs of what was to come.
But while Lea Michele must be hurting more than anyone in the Glee shos, the new season will definitely be a bittersweet memory for the entire cast of the show and its production team and crew members.
Then you have the fans.
One fan summed it up for all fans of the show when she tweeted:
Other fans have asked that Ryan Murphy, who’d considered ending the show when Cory Monteith died, make the third episode, which will be dedicated to the young actor, be of all his best moments. Although it appears that this will be the episode where Finn Hudson (Monteith) dies and the actors of the show will react to it.
But if Murphy did dedicate an entire episode containing the best bits of Finn Hudson, would it be enjoyable? The very fact that both Finn Hudson and Monteith are dead (and of course the very idea of having another actor take over the role in Glee would be unacceptable to fans the world over) would make any viewing of the “montage” a very bittersweet experience as memories of the late actor would make this an somewhat unhappy occasion.
When we lose a loved one, even if that loved one is a favourite character on a TV show, after the grief has passed and the shock, we’re left with the bittersweet memories of what once was. Cory Monteith leaving us way too soon and Lea Michele’s brave, but necessary, decision to carry on will make any attempt by the show to pay tribute to the late actor a very painful event.
When the 31-year-old Canadian actor was found dead on July 13 in his Vancouver hotel room, life changed forever for Lea Michele and the late actors friends, family and co-workers. Michele’s rep said in a statement after Monteith’s death was announced that , “Lea is deeply grateful for all the love and support she’s received from family, friends, and fans. Since Cory’s passing, Lea has been grieving alongside his family and making appropriate arrangements with them. They are supporting each other as they endure this profound loss together. We continue to ask the media to respect the privacy of Lea and Cory’s family.”
When Glee does hit our television screens at the later premiere date in September, Cory Monteith’s death and Lea Michele’s grief will be in everyone’s minds. It will be a very bittersweet experience for fans and the cast as their memories of one of the core characters who helped make the show a hit, overshadow their joy at Glee’s return.
By Michael Smith