Emmy Awards Cory Monteith Memorial 2013: Lea Michele Is ‘Getting Through,’ Jane Lynch Says

on September 22 2013 6:32 PM
Cory Monteith
Actor Cory Monteith arrives at the Teen Choice Awards show in Los Angeles Aug. 7, 2011. Reuters

At the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards show Sunday, time has been set aside to honor some of Hollywood’s best actors who have died during the past year. They include “Glee” star Cory Monteith, who passed away because of a lethal dose of heroin and alcohol. However, his girlfriend and “Glee” castmate Lea Michele has been “a rock star,” according to their co-star Jane Lynch, and it will be another step as they grieve the passing of the Canadian actor.

“Every day that I go to work, I walk past his trailer, and every time I look at a call sheet I see that his name is not on there. Every time I do a scene with the kids, I realize that he’s not there, so you’re reminded in every moment. It’s hard, and it feels like such a waste,” Lynch told People.

The 53-year-old actress said she was also struggling after losing the 31-year-old talent. “I think that grieving comes in waves,” Lynch said, adding there are constant little reminders of Monteith everywhere on the “Glee” set.

“I don’t think it’s ever really over for anybody,” Lynch said. “It’ll be great for the fans that we’re shining a light on this, that it happened, because I know it affected a lot of people in the country, so everybody can grieve together.”

Although Lynch admitted it’s “tough” for her and her co-stars to cope with Monteith’s untimely death, she said it has been especially tough for Michele but that she will be OK. “I know it’s just been brutal for her,” Lynch said. “I never lost a boyfriend when I was 26 years old. I can’t tell her what her experience is. She’s a champion, and she is a rock star, and she is getting through this.”

Also remembered at the Primetime Emmy Awards show will be actor James Gandolfini, actress Jean Stapleton and actor Jonathan Winters, as well as producer Gary David Goldberg.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards presentation will kick off on CBS at 8 p.m. EDT. Check out live-stream footage of the event here.