Cory Monteith: “I Was Fortunate To Have The Arts Inspire Me”

“When I was a kid, I struggled a lot with who I was and where my life was going and what I was interested in,” said Monteith, who was found dead Saturday, said in a Project Limelight video discussing the importance of the arts and arts education. Earlier this week, he shared a meal at Vancouver’s East of Main Cafe, a restaurant whose proceeds benefit the Project. posted on

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On Thursday, Cory Monteith had met up with Project Limelight co-founder Mauren Webb and others for a bite.

Last year, Monteith and Richard Branson helped kick off the Project Limelight launch, with Monteith talking about how he got to know Webb. As he told the Globe and Mail:

He was a 19-year-old teenager going down “a very dark path” when he met Maureen Webb in Nanaimo, B.C.

“I was literally walking from the London Drugs with bags of groceries at a loose end in my life, a real transitional phase, looking for the next thing to do. I didn’t know what that was,” Mr. Monteith, who has spoken of his teenage alcohol and drug use in the past, told The Globe and Mail. “She was a friend of a friend who suggested on the side of the street … that I come into her studios and take these acting classes. And I said, ‘What am I going to do with acting?’”

What he did, eventually, was become a TV star.

“It was that initial inspiration that started me on what’s going to be a 10-year career so far, culminating in Glee, which is a huge success. And it all started with a Project Limelight-like thing,” said Mr. Monteith, now 30, whose TV character Finn Hudson’s personal development is also aided (albeit in a different way) by his membership in the high school glee club.

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