Q archives: Cory Monteith's leap from 'long shot'

Cory Monteith is seen at a 2010 Glee spring premiere party in Los Angeles (Chris Pizzello/AP)

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Friends and fans of Cory Monteith are reeling after the 31 year old was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room over the weekend. A Monday autopsy is expected to reveal more about the Calgary-born, B.C.-raised actor's final hours, and whether or not his ongoing struggle with substance abuse played a role in his death. 

Monteith shot to fame with his role in the smash hit musical TV series Glee. In a 2009 interview with Q, a newly famous Monteith explained his own surprise at becoming the "long shot" choice for athlete-turned-glee club singer Finn Hudson.

The then 27-year-old high school dropout fondly recounted his solitary road trip from Vancouver to auditions in Los Angeles.

"[It was] just me, the Rent soundtrack and Billy Joel's Greatest Hits," he grinned. 

The non-singer, non-dancer competed alongside minted Broadway performers for a part in the fledgling musical television show, which went on to become a smash hit.

"I've always been that transient chameleon doing whatever I have to do to get myself by," he said. 

Click to listen to Jian Ghomeshi's 2009 interview with Monteith above, or watch it on QTV below.

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