Lea Michele’s Full Wal-Mart Soundcheck
Lea Michele wants to ensure that people remember Cory Monteith for his decency, not his demons.
The Glee star covers the April 2014 issue of Seventeen and opens up about her late boyfriend, who died of an accidental drug overdose less than a year ago. “I only have happy memories of Cory. He was not his addiction—unfortunately, it won. But that wasn’t who he was,” the 27-year-old says of the fallen star. “Cory made me feel like a queen every day. From the minute he said, ‘I’m your boyfriend,’ I loved every day, and I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful.”
The “Cannonball” singer decided to release her debut album, Louder, on March 4 for a special reason. “Just think about it: we’re going to ‘March fo(u)rth.’ We’re going to march forth like a cannonball,” Michele says. “I try my best to march forth and live my life as best as I can for me. I also feel an incredible, happy responsibility to keep the memory and light of [Cory, who] was the most amazing person. I’m so happy to make it my journey now to continue on and live my life as best as I can.”
Michele implies Monteith’s death took her music in a different direction. “I set out to make a really pop-heavy album that was fun and empowering—I love Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson!” she explains. “But then I found myself picking and writing these songs that were very emotional and dramatic. Louder has songs that express extreme love and some pain. I look at it and think, That was my year. I didn’t record any songs that I didn’t completely relate to.”
Though she’s eager to pursue her solo career, Michele is still close to her famous co-stars.
"[The Glee cast] is the greatest group of people I have ever met in my entire life! We all lost Cory. I didn’t think for one minute that being away from them was what I wanted," she tells the magazine. "Being on the set of Glee is no more difficult than being at home and finding [Cory’s] slippers under the bed. We had a life and a job together—it goes with you everywhere you go. You can’t get away from grief. So I might as well be surrounded by the people I love and get to lean on them."
Lea Michele - Louder (Walmart Soundcheck)
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EXCLUSIVE: Lea Michele Spills About Her New Album!
March 3, 2014
Rejoice, Lea Michele fans — Lea’s debut album, Louder, finally released today! If you’re like us, you’ve had the addicting album on repeat all day long… but you’ll want to pause it for a sec so you can read our exclusive Q&A with…
Every time they would start filming this scene there’d be a sudden rush of traffic. (But not when they were moving stuff or taking a break, it was really annoying)
I do have some video footage of them doing the whole scene which I’ll post tomorrow.For the most part you can hear the whole song in the background.
Lea Michele seen leaving a building office while promoting her new album ‘Louder’ in New York City (x)
PC: Do you find it to be thrilling or somewhat daunting to represent the modern Broadway superstar to an international audience as you do?Glee is a cultural lynch pin, after all.
LM: [Laughs.] Aww, well… I owe so much to my Broadway background and the Broadway community really structured me and gave me such an incredible education and support system growing up, you know?
PC: It helped make you the star - and actor - you are.
LM: Yeah - I don’t think I could do what I am doing now without coming from where I come from. I mean, especially working on a television show like GLEE, it can be quite demanding!
PC: You can say that again!
LM: And, just the stresses in this business in general! So, I think coming from the background that I come from is just the best preparation… I think if anything could have prepared me for this, I think that my Broadway background was the best way.
PC: Are you going to be checking out the new LES MISERABLES revival, having been a star of the show yourself on Broadway once or twice upon a time?
LM: Well, I mean, isn’t this like the 9th revival?! [Laughs.]
PC: You famously performed “I Dreamed A Dream” with Idina Menzelon the series before even the movie became a hit, of course.
LM: Well, I think that Glee has done such a great job in general of opening up people to Broadway music. You know, it’s funny you mention this, because something so hilarious happened on the set the other day when we were singing “No One Is Alone”…
PC: From INTO THE WOODS.
LM: Of course. And, yeah: so, me, Chris [Colfer] and Darren [Criss] obviously knew every word, and, Chord [Overstreet], who was with us, was just like, “What is this song?!” [Laughs.]