It has been several months since the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith, and the Canadian actor's legacy as Finn Hudson certainly made his abrupt passing all the more difficult for Gleeks to handle. Now, Monteith's All the Wrong Reasons co-star Karine Vanasse is speaking out on the actor, revealing that he eventually wanted to take his career beyond Glee.
"He was this big TV star who chose to do this small Canadian film, and not everybody does that," Vanasse said at the Toronto International Film Festival. "For him, he wanted to show his team, himself and his fans that he had all this other potential to develop and he wanted his career to maybe head in that direction."
Vanasse continued by reassuring Glee fans that although he did want to branch out in his career, that "Cory would always make himself available" to fans who would come by the set to catch a glimpse of the star.
Ultimately, it was Monteith's open desire to try different roles that originally attracted director Gia Milani to him. "I saw him on a show being interviewed, and he said he wanted to do something different," Milani said. "That caught my ear so I thought, 'Maybe there's a shot that this guy may want to do this part.' We got [the script] to his agent and he read it in between doing interviews at Comic-Con. He called me the next day, and he was on a plane four hours later."
Milani added that Monteith was able to see the film before his death, which was in a Vancouver hotel in July. "He said it was intense," Milani said. "He liked it. He was looking forward to promoting it."
Although Monteith's memory continues to live on through his work, members of the Glee cast still struggle with the actor's absence. Dianna Agron took to Katie Couric's talk show on Friday, and candidly spoke of her disbelief regarding his death.
"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," Agron said, "which is he was one of the most amazing people I've ever met."
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