‘Glee’ Star Mike O’Malley on Cory Monteith: ‘I Miss Him Very Much’

Like the rest of the Glee family, Mike O’Malley is mourning the loss of Cory Monteith.

“I had many scenes on Glee usually with either [on-screen son] Chris Colfer or Cory and I think I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him,” O’Malley said at an NBC press event on Saturday. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

O’Malley, who can next be seen in the new series Welcome to the Family, recalled that tough scene, and his memories of the late Canadian actor.

“I had to throw his character, Finn, out of the house because of a slur he used,” he said. “It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over the depth of emotion [Monteith] was able to portray; the sorrow, the shame.”

Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel on July 13. The British Columbia Coroner’s Office later confirmed that the actor had overdosed on a mixture involving heroin and alcohol.

Earlier this week, Glee cast members gathered on the 20th Century Fox lot in Hollywood for a private memorial service organized by show co-creator Ryan Murphy and Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michele.

Ever since I met him he was the fictional quarterback on that show and very real quarterback on that set,” O’Malley said on Saturday.

“He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show from the beginning through the new folks who came on this past year. He was a very hard-working actor. I loved working with him. He was a great guy. I miss him very much."

As revealed last weekend, the upcoming season will start with two episodes that were already written, followed by a tribute to Monteith and his character Finn. According to Murphy, the show will then take a “long hiatus.”

Glee season 5 is scheduled to premiere on FOX Sept. 26.

 

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