Lea Michele on the Cover of Elle Magazine, December 2013
Lea Michele was living every Hollywood actor’s dream, then Cory Monteith’s tragic death suddenly shattered her world. Now, in her first magazine photoshoot taken since July, the 27-year-old Glee star opens up on how she’s coping with Cory’s death and the strong support system she’s had by her side.
“I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life,” Lea explains in Elle’s December 2013 issue. “Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”
Despite previous reports of a feud between Lea and Glee guest star Kate Hudson, the actress reveals that it was in fact Kate who helped her through the difficult time. “I called her and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”
Click through our gallery to see highlights from Lea’s gorgeous photoshoot, then pick up your copy of Elle’s December 2013 issue, on newsstands November 19, to read the full interview!