Cory Monteith Explained Why He Turned to Drugs and Alcohol

Cory Monteith died in 2013 after a reported drug overdose. Here’s what the Glee star once said about how he became addicted to substances.

Cory Monteith’s movies and TV shows

Cory Monteith |  Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
Cory Monteith | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Cory Monteith made his acting debut in the 2004 television series Stargate: Atlantis. He appeared in an episode titled “The Storm.” The following year, he played Douglas Waylan Hart in the TV movie Killer Bash. He made his film debut in the 2006 movie Final Destination 3, in which he played the character Kahill. His next movie was Deck the Halls.

Monteith’s first recurring role in a television series was in the show Kyle XY. He played the character Charlie Tanner for seven episodes. His other acting roles include appearances in Kaya, Sisters and Brothers, and The Assistants. Monteith joined the Glee cast in 2009. He played the role of Finn Hudson until his death in 2013.

Cory Monteith said people made incorrect assumptions about him

During a 2011 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, Monteith discussed why he was being so open about his past. he said he wanted to clear things about the public’s perception of him. He also wanted to provide hope to teenagers who might be going through a similar experience:

People have always made a lot of assumptions. You see this young, All-American quarterback-looking dude on the show and you just immediately start making assumptions. And I think people started really identifying me with those assumptions, which is the media, and I understand that.

But at the same time, I felt like I had to step in at some point and relate to people my experience and relate to people the truth of my life and where I come from. If I can, through my experience, shed light on the way out of a difficult situation that I know many kids are experiencing, just like I did when I was a teenager. That’s huge.

Cory Monteith, interview with George Stroumboulopoulos

Why Cory Monteith turned to drugs and alcohol

Monteith also explained why he fell into addiction. He told Stroumboulopoulos he was trying to find his place in life. “Finding a place. For me it wasn’t so much about the substances. It was more about not fitting in. I hadn’t found myself at all. I had no idea who I was. I had no idea where I was going. And all of a sudden, I was like, ‘I’m going to be this bad kid. And other kids are going to be like, ‘Oh, he’s the bad kid, so he’s cool,’ and they’ll want to hang out with me. It was just influences from watching people around me. And it was from lack of not really having a self-image at the time.”

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Monteith said he struggled during his teenage years. “I was a young kid trying to find where I fit in and find my social group. I hated going to school. I didn’t really have much of a school experience. I kind of left school early, I was kind of a bad kid. I got into a lot of trouble.”

Monteith said all he wanted was to inspire kids to reach for their dreams. “If I can inspire kids to do what they love to do, and follow their dreams and follow their passions, that’s the highest calling.”

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