Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on Glee, opened up about co-star Cory Monteith’s death on Katie Friday.
Agron’s character was Finn Hudson’s (Monteith) girlfriend on the show’s first season, and the captain of the Cheerios cheerleading squad.
Katie Couric, who had a guest appearance in the show in 2011, asked Agron how she and the other cast members were coping with his death.
“It’s one of those things that still doesn’t seem real,” she said. “And you just take out a new lease on life and you realize that he’s smiling down on us and we all have nothing but the truth, which is he was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Generous, loving, kind, and that’s how he’ll always be remembered.”
Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver on July 14 of an apparent drug overdose. Since has death, a number of his co-stars have spoken about the devastating loss. Kevin McHale, who plays Artie, said that the way some of the characters are reacting to his death on the show is the opposite of how they feel in real life.
“[Some cast members] are having to play reactions that they obviously would not feel in real life, and that’s a weird thing to play,” he said. “Because you want people to know how you actually feel. But [Ryan Murphy & Co. are staying true to] the characters, and that’s the smart thing to do.”
Jane Lynch, who plays Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester, said everyone is handling Monteith’s death differently.
“Everybody’s doing differently. You know, it’s tough. Everybody had a relationship with him and we all express our grief in different ways so I’ll only speak for myself,” she said. “I love him and I honor (him), and every day I go to work, I walk by his trailer and I go, ‘He should be in there.'”
The Cory Monteith tribute episode of Glee airs October 10.