Cory Monteith in his own words
July 14th, 2013
02:56 PM ET

Cory Monteith in his own words

By most accounts, Cory Monteith was as beloved in real life as his character in "Glee" was on screen.

But the actor made it clear in an interview last year with Parade magazine that he was not Finn Hudson, and revealed that he had a dark past which included a struggle with substance abuse.

“I was done fighting myself,” Monteith told Parade of his decision as a teen to turn his life around. “I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’”

Celebrity substance abuse confessions

The 31-year-old star entered rehab in April and was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday. Here are a few of Monteith's reflections from some of his interviews:

On fame

"I think there is a part of like fame, when it happens, it's unusual for the human experience that when it happened so late in my life that I really started to prepare myself for the absence of that fame. This is all fleeting. This is rarefied air. It's all going to change." – EW, January 2013

On breaking into acting

"I was dirt-poor. I could barely hold down a job. Eventually, though, I started getting small parts on shows like Smallville, Supernatural . . . and lots of really bad sci-fi movies. I was running around the woods in wolf contacts, covered in fake blood made out of pancake syrup, roaring." – Teen Vogue, December 2010

On first meeting costar and real life girlfriend, Lea Michele

“I heard about this Lea Michele Sarfati, so I went on YouTube and looked at all these videos of you performing on stage, and when I met (her), I was nervous. She just kind of had a different energy than everyone else there.” – WetPaint, April 2013

On his work

You just put your head down and do what you’ve got to do. Whether it’s signing CD’s or doing interviews, which is really all we’re really doing. Whether it’s for a million people or two, I’m just doing concentrating on doing the job at any given moment. – The TV Addict, November 2009

On the success of "Glee"

"It always blows my mind to think about how it was just a FOX pilot that started so humbly a couple of years ago and then winning all these awards and stuff..." GoldDerby, June 2012

On his recent struggle

"It's all about perseverance. Absolute perseverance. You can always get back up."- Glamour, June 2013

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Heather

    Apparently, you CAN'T "always get back up". 🙁

    July 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kekoahapa

    Cory, an exceptional talent, light extinguished too soon. The world is always a sadder place when talented young people are taken home. I wish the best for his families, professionally, and personal. The loss is great for both, but we witnessed a rare young gentleman. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Good Journey, Cory...

    July 16, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. hey boo?


    July 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Boo

    "Do you have "your own words?" I don't. I've been using the same words everyone else has been using." – George Carlin

    July 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |


    July 15, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Being Stuck or Trapped

    Lets face we don't know what was going on in the man's head ...he did suffer from depression and did nothing about it.
    We have too pay attention too people who are suffering from depression not ignore them by ignoring them we risk a situation like

    July 15, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |

    July 15, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sharon

    Though not a glee fan ,I was checking out a lot of glee videos on youtube and that is when i came to know the news the thought of such a talent and an inspiration dead is hard to absorb.Condolences to Lea and his family.

    July 15, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Being Stuck or Trapped

    Lets face we don't know what was going on in the man's head ...he did suffer from depression and did nothing about it.
    We have too pay attention too people who are suffering from depression not ignore them by ignoring them we risk a situation like

    July 15, 2013 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marie Hudson

    He was a true artist at his craft we need too pay attention to this .... people say anything about people just too get some attention ....RIP

    July 15, 2013 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pernzie

    why would people start rumors and say he was a drug addict...I would never do that yet people post crap all over the web about loved ones...I find that revolting and disloyal. rip

    July 15, 2013 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bubba50

    A find young actor and a life wasted. rest in peace

    July 15, 2013 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marie Hudson

    His poor family what they must be going through right now...its awful too have someone die.

    July 15, 2013 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. LE

    What a shame. rip

    July 15, 2013 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. He was so young and so stuck

    How can this

    July 15, 2013 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  16. RIP

    so young too be dead

    July 15, 2013 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. Print out comments


    July 15, 2013 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  18. PRINT


    July 15, 2013 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  19. nuclear mike

    Finn Hudson or Rock Hudson??? Just like Kieth Ledger...their destructive lives ended quickly before ever attaining old age and peace.

    July 15, 2013 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  20. Mike

    What a loss. You will be missed. R.I.P.

    July 15, 2013 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  21. ToeNail44

    rip ... he died so young

    July 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. No a Professional Troll44 (jussie done midnight)

    We feel awful about the news RIP...thanks Justin

    July 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mary Joe

    I really don't think there'll ever be a more true artist on Glee than what Cory was, he showed us the goods and bads from being a tv star, the pressure, the struggles. I can only hope press is nothing but nice to Lea Michele, she deserves her husband-to-be to be honored rather than questioned. #RipCoryMonteith #PrayForLea

    July 14, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Justin Bieber

    Cory Was a great actor and a great and wonderfull man i love him and may he Rest In Peace

    July 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |

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