I’m still so bummed out over the unfortunate passing of Glee star Cory Monteith, and my heart totally went out to his girlfriend and co-star, the lovely and talented Lea Michele. She’s covering the latest issue of Elle magazine (December 2013) and is finally opening up a bit about his untimely death.
On how she’s handling Cory Monteith’s death:
“I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”
On relying on friend Kate Hudson during the difficult time after Monteith’s passing:
“I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”
On taking time to heal:
“It’s very hard. 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 or comfort.”
PHOTOS | CARTER SMITH FOR ELLE