Amber Riley: I Broke Down and Cried Filming Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute
Some days, our life is the same as it’s always been. Other days, it just hits us. Cory Monteith (Finn) is dead. We’ll never see him on Glee again. He’ll never be in another movie. We’ll never again see sweet photos of he and girlfriend Lea Michele (Rachel). Cory is gone.
It’s a hard reality for us to deal with. And we don’t even have much of an excuse; we just write about this show. Honestly, we can’t even begin to fathom the grief that Cory’s friends and Glee co-stars must be feeling. Every day.
Amber will sing an emotional solo during the episode, and the 27-year-old tells Ellen that she broke down while performing the song. But though her solo, and the entire episode, were painful to film, Amber says she is very pleased with the end result.
“It was [very heavy], but in a way, it was very therapeutic for us because we got to sing, you know, kind of express to him [through] the songs that we were doing, how we felt about him,” she says.
Make no mistake, this episode is going to be a “tearjerker,” but Amber assures everyone that it really is “such a great episode.” She praises Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan for writing an “excellent” script.
“Fans are going to be able to say goodbye to Cory, and to say goodbye to Finn, also, because we have to say goodbye to that character. He’s not going to be there anymore.”
Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute will air on Thursday, October 10. After that, the show is going on hiatus for about two weeks to give the writers an opportunity to figure out what direction to take the Season 5 in light of Finn/Cory’s unforeseen departure. Our hearts go out to everyone involved in what is — and surely will continue to be — an extremely difficult time.