Even though they only played Cory Monteith's mother and stepfather on Glee, it's clear that actors Romy Rosemont (Carole Hudson-Hummel) and Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel) loved the 31-year-old actor like a son.
After Cory's death, Mike eulogized his onscreen son through People.
"Cory Monteith was a great guy; Funny, deep, thoughtful, and hardworking. In real life, he was the coolest dude, generous, and a great friend to his pals."
"As Finn Hudson, he did what so many actors strive to do: authentically portray human behavior in a specific, understated manner, thereby eliciting laughter and creating camaraderie with his audience," says O'Malley.
"If an ability to show others kindness and fostering fellowship are two qualities that all humans should strive for, Cory mastered them long before he died. He deserved a long life. His death has rocked all of us at Glee."
Romy also had only the best to say about Cory, tweeting that "Cory was a gentle, sweet soul; and I am grateful to have had the chance to play his mom. My heart is with his family, his Glee family, and sweet Lea."
It's wonderful to think of the love shared by the characters of the Hudson-Hummel family — and by the actors who portray them.