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Cory Monteith may play the lovable, yet naive Finn on Glee, but he is far from thatÂ characterÂ in real life. Cory says he startedÂ doingÂ drugs Â and drinking by the time he was 13 and quit school by the time he was 16. He even entered rehab by 19…wow what a life and look at him now a successful actor!
Cory sat down with Parade Magazine,
â€œIâ€™m not Finn Hudson,â€ actor Cory Monteith says of his beloved Gleecharacter in an exclusive interview in this Sundayâ€™s PARADE with Shawna Malcom. Opening up about his troubled past as he never has before, Monteith explains, â€œIâ€™m lucky on so many countsâ€”Iâ€™m lucky to be alive.
The actor grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, feeling like an outsider. His parents divorced when he was 7, and by 13, Monteithâ€”once a promising student who at age 5 could read at a fourth-grade levelâ€”was skipping school to get drunk and smoke pot. Monteith estimates that by the age of 16, when he quit for good, he had attended 12 different schools, including alternative programs for troubled teens. â€œI burned a lot of bridges,â€ he says. â€œI was out of control.â€
At that point, so was his drug use. Monteith admits, â€œAnything and everything, as much as possible,â€ he says. â€œI had a serious problem.â€
Afraid that he â€œcould die,â€ his mother and a group of friends staged an intervention when he was 19. â€œThatâ€™s when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing.â€ Monteith might have continued down that path if not for what he calls â€œthe crystallizing event.â€
â€œI stole a significant amount of money from a family member,â€ he admits. â€œI knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didnâ€™t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, â€˜Yeah, it was me.â€™ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.â€
He was given an ultimatum: Get clean, or the family member would report him to the police and press charges. Although it wasnâ€™t the first time Monteith had taken something that didnâ€™t belong to him (â€œA lot of things went missing when I was around; I had high overhead to take care of â€), up until that point he had avoided prosecution.
â€œI was done fighting myself,â€ he recalls of his turning point. â€œI finally said, â€˜Iâ€™m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why Iâ€™m doing this.â€™â€
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