Many on the Paramount Pictures lot knew Thursday was the day Glee was paying tribute to their fallen star, Cory Monteith.
A somber mood permeated the 65-acre Hollywood lot. It was unusually quiet and the young Glee cast members were seen wearing grown up clothes — dark suits and conservative dresses. They held their memorial in one of the six sound stages where Cory and the cast spent countless hours.
Lea Michele, who was wearing a black dress, was driven on a golf cart along with Glee’s creator Ryan Murphy to Stage 16, where the memorial took place. An onlooker says, “She was smiling, but she looked thinner than usual — she looked like she hasn’t been eating much lately.”
A rep for 20th Century Fox released a statement saying Lea and Ryan “gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith.”
Our sources say Darren Criss and Amber Riley sang at the tribute.
Guests were handed a pamphlet for an anti-heroin organization “Not One More.”
But, the Glee cast and crew weren’t the only ones affected by his death.
Sources on the lot say Cory was one of the friendliest stars around. Even though he achieved the status of having his own assistant, the 31-year-old would still walk to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the lot and stand in line with everyone else — including tourists — to get his afternoon coffee.
When a fan would ask to take a picture — usually a no no on the lot — Cory never said “No” — he always had time for a fan.
And some Paramount employees say Cory had a huge charitable heart, when asked to help a charity he said “Yes” whenever he could. He attended events for Project Limelight, Operation Smile, The Trevor Project, GLAAD and countless others. “He was great with kids, he was the sweetest guy,” says an employee.