Michele: I've lost Cory and Finn
Lea Michele has revealed that filming the tribute episode of Glee for Cory Monteith was "therapeutic", although it made her feel like she has lost "two people".
The tribute episode to Cory, titled The Quarterback, will be shown on US screens tonight (October 10) and will say farewell to his screen persona Finn Hudson, following Cory's death in July.
The 27-year-old actress, who is grieving from the loss of her on and off-screen love, told TV Week Australia: "For me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn. 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. I really woke up every single day feeling like I was... in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life.
"There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together, I consider myself very lucky," she added.
The episode, which won't explain how Finn died, takes place weeks after his funeral, with the glee club saying farewell to their friend in song.
Performances include Naya Rivera singing If I Die Young, Chord Overstreet and Kevin McHale performing Fire And Rain, and Lea's character Rachel singing the Bob Dylan song, Make You Feel My Love.
Lea admitted shooting the fifth season of Glee has been difficult and comforting.
"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."