Lea Michele on Cory Monteith: “There Was No Greater Man”

Lea Michele is opening up about her late boyfriend, Cory Monteith.

In her first interview since the Glee actor’s tragic passing, the 27-year-old stressed that she hopes fans will remember the Monteith for more than the way he died, telling TV Week Australia:

I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life. I feel like what happened with [Monteith’s death] was this [minuscule] in the scheme of who he was and his life.

There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky,” she added.

Michele also praised Monteith’s character, Finn Hudson, as “perfect.”

“I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn,” Michele said of the FOX series’ tribute episode for the actor. “We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”

She continued, “Everyone is asking: ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?,’ but the truth is it’s no harder at work than it is in life so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together.”

Monteith passed away in July from a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol. He was 31.