It sounded like an April Fool's Day joke: Cory Monteith, Glee's Finn Hudson, enters rehab.
But the stories, which surfaced Monday, are true. The 30-year-old
actor "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for
substance addiction," Monteith's rep told People magazine, and Glee's
remaining two episodes will shoot without him. (According to Deadline
Hollywood, expect those scripts to address Finn's sudden absence.)
And while Monteith's co-stars, including real-life girlfriend Lea
Michele, are sending out Tweets and publicist-vetted statements in
support of his recovery, it's unclear where Monteith is staying, what
addiction he's fighting and what exactly brought him to this decision.
Still, Monteith has long had an open dialogue about addiction. He
might play a singing-dancing football hero on TV, but the actor's real
teen years could never be a Glee storyline.
Raised in Victoria, B.C.,
Monteith made his first trip to rehab at age 19, and supported his drug
habit by stealing from family. A 2011 profile for Parade magazine
detailed his early fight to get sober - and in an interview with CBC's
George Stroumboulopoulos that year, the actor spoke plainly about why he
openly discusses his dark, and at times criminal, past.
"People have always made a lot of assumptions. You know, you look
and you see this young all-America quarterback-looking dude on the show,
and you just immediately make assumptions, and I think people started
really identifying me with those assumptions," Monteith told Strombo in
their 2011 sit down.
"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."
Watch their interview:
"Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support
his decision to seek treatment," a rep for Glee's production company,
20th Century Fox, said in a statement. "Everyone at the show wishes him
well and looks forward to his return."