"One day we just looked at each other and we were like, 'You wanna do this?
' We knew." But by March of 2013, Monteith was back in rehab, and his history with drugs became public.
In addition to winning six Emmys and four Golden Globes, the show's soundtracks have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, helping to fuel several Live! By marrying over-the-top musical numbers with issues of sexual confusion, racial conflict, and the awkwardness of adolescence, the show also reshaped what network television could be.
By late 2011, Monteith and Michele were officially a couple.
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"Before Cory passed away, Lea was definitely the leader on set, and so was Cory," says Jane Lynch, who plays conniving cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. She's the reason we're back at work right now instead of taking a season off." In addition to the pressure of helping to keep the show together, Michele feels the pressure of knowing legions of grieving fans read into her every move: Is she already dating again?
Could their relationship have been a publicity stunt all along?
Monteith was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, mostly by his mother, an interior decorator.
His parents split when he was seven, and Monteith didn't see much of his dad, who was in the military.