Glee creator Ryan Murphy tells Australian magazine TV Week that Lea is the one who picked which song she would perform. “It was a very personal one for her and Cory,” Ryan reveals. “She’s ultimately the person who approved and chose that song. She wanted to do something personal.”
“I don’t think she’ll ever share why she chose that song,” Ryan continues. “It was very sad; everybody was wrecked. It was really hard.”
Ryan is impressed by Lea’s strength, especially since some Glee stars thought it would be too tough to do a tribute episode. “It was very brave of [Lea] to do because there were some cast members, who we won’t name, who didn’t want to do a grief episode, didn’t want to do a memorial episode,” he says. “So Lea really put herself in the bottom of the heap and soldiered on.”
“She was actually deeply in it [on set] — her story kicks in during the last half,” Ryan says. “The episode is about how you mourn people and how lives can make a difference. Particularly with the Rachel character, she struggles with it [the loss] all season. It’s not just done, buried and goodbye.”
We continue to be impressed with Lea’s strength through all of this. And while it’s going to be tough to know that Rachel will deal with the pain of Finn’s loss for the entire season, this is indeed a realistic way for the show to handle it.