Lea Michele

Lea Michele

Lea Michele feels "very lucky" to have dated Cory Monteith.

The 'Glee' star has opened up about her heartbreak following the 31-year-old  actor's tragic death in July, and admits filming a tribute episode to Cory and his character Finn Hudson, that will air in the US tonight (10.10.13), was "very therapeutic" for her.

The 27-year-old actress told Australia's TV Week magazine: "I haven't seen it  yet, but we did it because it was something we all needed to do together."

"I feel like, for me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn. 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."

Lea wasn't worried about returning to the show after its summer hiatus  without Cory, whom she had been dating for one year when he was found dead from  a heroin and alcohol overdose in Vancouver, Canada,

She said: "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."

The brunette beauty tries to focus on happy memories of her late  boyfriend.

She said: "One day I came home and Cory was there with this plaque from the  set that we always had in the glee club. And I said, 'What's this doing here?'  And he said, 'I took it!' He said, 'This summer we are going to take it all over  everywhere we go and take pictures of us with this plaque!' And that's what we  did!"

She added: "I really woke up every single day feeling like I was...in some  sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life. I  feel like what happened with Cory['s death] was [so small] in the scheme of who  he was and his life. There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we  spent together, I consider myself very lucky."