Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s Relationship Remembered: Before They Were Dating
Glee’s Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were costars first, but as they spend years together playing love interests, a real life romance began to develop. We've compiled a detailed time sling of their relationship in five parts.This how it all started.
In May 2009, Fox aired the pilot episode for a new musical comedy called Glee. Singing and TV shows hadn’t mixed too well in the past, so few expected it to be a smash hit. But it was. Glee skyrocketed to success, and with it, the show’s stars saw near-instant fame.
At the front of the Glee powerhouse were leading lady Rachel (Lea Michele)— a talented underdog with no social status, but a voice to kill — and Finn (Cory Monteith) — the popular football jock just beginning to discover a love of music.
Cory Monteith was still relatively unknown. The Canadian actor had appeared in a few movies up north, but Glee was without a doubt his big break. Like Lea and her Glee character, Rachel, Cory shared many things in common with Finn... including the fact that neither of them were great at dancing.
Rachel and Finn’s romance becomes a core part of the Glee storyline. But while their characters might be dating, Lea and Cory are not. Over the course of Season 1, Finn and Rachel break up. Rachel then starts a relationship with Jesse St. James, a character played by her real life best friend (and Spring Awakening co-star/love interest) Jonathan Groff.
It’s now July 2010, and Glee Season 1 has come to an end. Lea spends her summer hanging with bestie Jonathan, while Cory parties solo. He’s later seen out with co-star Mark Salling. But while Mark has girls by his side all night, Cory doesn’t. It’s also revealed that he doesn’t drink.
Cory still appears to be single, and when Gwyneth Paltrow stops by to guest star on Glee, he mentions that he’s jealous that Matthew Morrison gets to romance her character.
In March, Lea and Cory are spotted together on set while filming, but when Cory appears at the Teen Choice Awards the next month, Lea is nowhere in sight. As much as fans would love for these two to be a couple off-screen, as well, they really don’t appear to be.
Two years later, NYC model Mallory Matoush will say that she and Cory met in June 2011, and that they dated until about February 2012. Cory and Mallory were never seen in photos together, so their relationship was never confirmed.
Lea and Theo have broken up! The news breaks on September 20, and suddenly we understand why Lea went solo to the Emmys. But does that mean that Cory and Lea will date, now that she’s single? Not so fast. We’ve seen no signs of anything quite yet.