Lea Michele posted a photo of herself, Ryan Murphy, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch at the Culina Modern Italian Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday (October 8).
The Glee crew had attended a panel for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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Entertainment Weekly reports in her interview with TV Week Australia – Lea talked about Cory and the tribute episode.
She said, “I feel like, for me personally, I’ve lost two people: Cory and Finn. Everyone is asking, ‘Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?’ But the truth is, it’s no harder at work than it is in life — so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together.”
“We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic.”
The actress also describes the show’s on-screen tribute as “perfect” and shared, “I haven’t seen it yet, but we did it because it was something we all needed to do together.”
Matthew said that Lea made filming the tribute episode easy.
He said, “She had one of the first songs we filmed for the [tribute] episode, and she did it so beautifully. And after, she said something like, ‘It can’t be harder for anyone else than it was for me. So, we knew we had to show up because our leader stepped forward and kind of gave permission to all of us to do it. I don’t think we could have done it without her.”