Lea Michele was one of the many people who had to cope with the shocking loss of Glee’s Cory Monteith and while she’s been pretty open about it all, she made her first TV appearance on The Ellen Show. She candidly opened up about what she loved most about Cory, how Kate Hudson helped her through the pain and why it was so important to jump right back into work.

Lea began the interview by saying, "It's certainly been a pretty rough year, but I've been surrounded by such great people, such great family.” The Glee star has been open about how Kate Hudson opened up her home to her and family after Cory’s shocking death, coming to her rescue when she needed her the most.

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"All those rumors were so weird. And we were even calling each other being like, ‘This is so crazy!' It's so unbelievable what people can make up. Ninety percent of the stuff you read is completely fabricated, most of it. And she was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family," Lea said. "It was so helpful to just basically have a safe place to process and just have a minute to just breathe before getting back to my house, which just has a lot of memories and stuff, so being someplace else to just have a moment was really nice. To have that time at her home to just really be in private with this for a moment before getting back to work and before going home, I'm just so thankful to her."

While it’s been about five months since Cory passed away, Lea is still dealing with the pain and taking it all day by day. "I really feel like I'm still trying to figure out all of this,” she said. “It's been only a few months, but my mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point, there is an empowerment that comes with grief—at some point you find it. It's very hard but you will find it, and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that's what I'm just trying to do my best for him, because I know that that's what he would have.

What did you think of Lea’s first TV interview since Cory’s passing?