Glee Exclusive: Cory Monteith on Finn's Return, 'Break-Up' Drama and Being Called a [Spoiler]

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Though next week’s big “Break-Up”-themed Glee marks the return of Cory Monteith as Finn, the former New Directions warbler has more pressing concerns than the ambiguous state of his relationship with Rachel. Like, for instance, the treatment we see him receiving when the episode briefly visits him at boot camp!

“I’ve never been called names like that before,” the actor tells TVLine with a smile. “‘Wormstool’ is the one that sticks out in my memory.”

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Thankfully for Finn, the army detour is not only short-lived, but it leads him to head to New York to reevaluate his romance with Rachel. Monteith — who’s spent the last month flying back and forth to Philadelphia to shoot the indie film McCanick — was careful not to reveal the outcome of the couple’s deliberations. However, he did acknowledge that, for all involved, the hour was an emotional roller coaster.

Far less gut-wrenching to tape was a sequence that’ll air on Nov. 8 (the show’s comeback after its baseball-induced hiatus): Monteith covering Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero” alongside Glee Project Season 2 champ Blake Jenner, who’ll recur as McKinley newbie Ryder Lynn.

“It was cool, because I felt like I was passing the torch in a sort of awesome way,” previews Monteith. “Ryder inadvertently auditions [for New Directions], and it turns into a fantasy in his head, which explodes into dancing girls, throngs of screaming women in the crowd, and he turns into the ‘Juke Box Hero.’ He’s on drums, and I’m on lead vocals. It’s epic.”

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Now fully settled back in at the Fox hit, Monteith is finding the changes made in his absence invigorating. “There’s still a part of me that’s nostalgic for sure,” he admits. But “all of the possibilities are really exciting.”

Comments (361)

  • Yay ! Finchel forever

    Comment by Carli – September 30, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly if Finchel are over I’m done with Glee. I am so tired of the back and forth. The yoyo has ran out of string. We cried when we heard ‘Without You’ (best rendition ever recorded), if I am left in tears again over Finchel on Thursday night Ryan Murphy and the rest of the gang will be history!

    Comment by RUTH – September 30, 2012 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You wouldn’t be tired of the back and forth if you would just hop off the Finchel boat for a while and get invested in other characters. Rachel and Finn aren’t the only people on this show, you know. Their stories only account for like 40% of each episode. Why don’t you spend the other 60% actually loving what the other kids have to offer. People are so conservative with Finchel nowadays, and attaching yourself to only two characters is your own ultimate downfall; not Glee’s.

      Comment by Katy – October 1, 2012 01:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • we can’t choose who we love, sorry but will be rooting for finchel forever; they just have something compelling that others don’t have.

        Comment by rachel – October 1, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I, personally, just don’t understand how everyone else is so unlikeable. Finn and Rachel are the two most unlikeable people in the C/O 2012, yet they’re the most popular. Nice to see how society’s changing. I, personally, relate more towards Tina and Artie. The people who used to be shy, overlooked, misjudged, and invisible to the world. That’s a compelling thing that Finn and Rachel can never bring to the cast, because Finn was always popular (not mega-popular once he joined Glee, but at least everyone knew who he was), and Rachel’s had way too much spotlight ot even warrant an underdog image.

          Comment by Sammeh! :) – October 1, 2012 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is what we need on Glee but I hope Finn gets a decent FINN centered story soon.

    Comment by sg – October 1, 2012 01:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “former new directions warbler” well that’s not right at all…

    Comment by Aj – October 1, 2012 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • By the dictionary definition, warbler means singer. So former New Direction singer is entirely correct.

      Comment by Lia – October 2, 2012 01:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What is the average age of the audience of the show? All this Finchel ‘religious attitude’ is surprising to me and sounds so unrealistic. After all, they are supposed to be eighteen and about to start real life.
    She is in New York! They were both inexperienced in all fields, immature, so young when they started dating. There should be more than high school to life, should it not? Of course they are going to have new experiences. And hopefully so is the audience.
    What do fans expect, exactly? To watch the same show over and over again? Well there are always reruns to resort to.
    Personally I find the new Brody guy very nice.
    I noticed that Finn looks almost older than Shuester nowadays.
    Could be his replacement when the teacher goes to Washington.

    Comment by Malli – October 7, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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