He was the big-hearted Canadian, a relatively late bloomer, by Hollywood standards—she was the born-for-the-stage Jersey-girl striver.
He was laid-back and gentle, she was focused and scrappy (she also happened to be a foot shorter than him). On , when Monteith's affable all-American Finn Hudson fell for Michele's tightly wound Rachel Berry, he suddenly seemed brighter, and she warmer and more human. Though Monteith and Michele were of course not their characters, there was enough obvious overlap that when their offscreen romance began showing up in the tabloids, the Somehow, the seeming improbability of the Monteith/Michele union only added to the sense of communal grief when the actor died in July at age 31, alone in a Vancouver hotel room, of an apparent drug overdose."A lighthouse doesn't save the ships; it doesn't go out and rescue them, it's just this pillar that helps to guide people home," says Michele three months later.
"From the minute I met Cory, I was like, This is the most handsome man I've ever seen in my whole life," she remembers., but "no one really caught on," the actress says.
"I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life," she continues, both hands wrapped around a mug of tea.While playing love interests in the 2006 musical Spring Awakening, the duo hit it off right away and became immediate friends.