[W]henever Finn had to act like a fratboy, Monteith delivered those lines with comic timing, thereby reassuring us that bro behavior was an affectation. These were conscious acting choices that deconstructed the jock character. In Monteith’s portrayal, masculinity was a performance, and a leading man was just a boy pretending to be a man. x
▸ Relationships are a lot like flowers. If you find the right seed, put it in good soil, give it water and sunlight, bam. Perfect bud. And then comes winter and the flower dies.
But if you tend that garden, spring will come along and that flower will bloom again.
More heartening to those of us covering his career was the transformation that did not occur. Despite the sudden fame at a relatively young age, Monteith remained very down to earth, honest and unaffected at every single press tour appearance. There was nary a hint of the struggles and turmoil within….
[Monteith’s] sudden passing is every parent’s worst nightmare. If there is any comfort for his family, it may be that he saw his opportunity and seized it, making the most of a complex, sensitive role. It was how he conducted himself off-screen, however, that I’ll always remember. It was always easy to be proud of Cory Monteith.