Cory Monteith’s roommate speaks out on late ‘Glee’ actor’s struggles

The late actor, who died from an overdose in 2013 at the age of 31, couldn’t ultimately overcome his alcohol and drug demons, but his new docuseries hints at the curse that was seen by his young co-stars and other two die castmates, blaming the success of “Glee” for his downfall at the height of his stardom.

Debuting on January 16, ex-roommate Justin Neill claims, “‘I believe there is an electronic listening device attached to my vehicle,'” on the fresh documentary series “The Cost of Happiness,” and I recall the photographers somewhat tailing the automobile.

Monteith informed Neill, 41, that he would not desire it upon his worst adversary. The actor, who valued his privacy greatly, experienced the negative effects of his newfound fame, which was initially embraced by the rising star. However,

“By the end of the second season, Neill probably knew most of the private matters about everyone, and The Post informed him about everything he wanted to know, as if it were happening right now.”

After being cast as Finn Hudson, a high school quarterback, in the 2008 musical comedy TV show “Glee” on Fox, Neill moved to Culver City, California.

Cory Monteith
Cory Monteith, who played beloved “Glee” quarterback Finn Hudson, died from an overdose at age 31.

Monteith had “numerous” stalkers, including one who successfully obtained his address. The disturbed actor personally installed a security camera.

Neill stated, “‘Folks, this is a grave matter,'” and he proceeded to, like, Home Depot instead of waiting for a security team.

The limited three-part series, airing on Discovery+ and ID, also explores the untimely deaths of Mark Salling, who committed suicide at the age of 35, and Naya Rivera, who accidentally drowned at the age of 33.

Cory Monteith, Justin Neill
Justin Neill (right) is featured in “The Price of Glee,” and said Monteith told him he wouldn’t wish fame on his worst enemy.
Courtesy of Justin Neill

The Fox series made its debut in 2009, which some refer to as the “jinx” of the series, resulting in the unfortunate death of several crew members, although the precise count was undisclosed.

Monteith faced hardships from an early stage. His parents divorced when he was 7, and by the age of 13, he was engaging in truancy and indulging in substance abuse. At the age of 19, his mother organized an intervention, leading him to enter rehabilitation in 2001.

Although he was fine and convinced of his friends’ presence, he decided to start having a beer there and here. He knew him for the most time as a sober actor, but he was also generous and genuine, like a smart whip.

Neill, who is employed by a web technology firm, stated, “I have undergone a transformation. I have moved beyond that stage of my life. I have achieved success now. I am doing well, gentlemen,” as if he is.

Naya Rivera accidentally drowned at age 33.
Naya Rivera accidentally drowned at age 33.

That achievement was accompanied by demanding shooting timetables, which encompassed performing, singing, and dancing — and required 70-hour work weeks.

Monteith, whose humble beginnings included working as a roofer and Walmart greeter in Canada, Victoria, was always just grateful for the opportunity.

However, “there certainly came a time when he was exhausted,” Neill said.

During the series which ended in 2015, Michele Lea also fell in love with Monteith, whom she dated on and off until his death.

Mark Salling committed suicide at age 35.
Mark Salling committed suicide at age 35.

Despite “The Price of Glee” portraying her as a controlling narcissist, Neill spoke affectionately of the actress.

“She was actually really awesome to hang out with,” he said. “She made eggplant parmesan for us one time that was phenomenal.”.

When he wasn’t seeing Michele, Monteith “enjoyed himself” with numerous romantic possibilities.

He once said to Neill, “You know, this becomes very repetitive.”

The cast and crew of "Glee" pose with their Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical award at the 2011 Golden Globes.
The cast and crew of “Glee” pose with their Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical award at the 2011 Golden Globes.

Neill commented on the duo, whose characters were romantically involved on the television series, stating, “He lacked confidence in these young women. I believe that’s precisely why he was drawn to Lea, as they comprehended the challenges they were individually facing.”

Monteith was written out of the last few episodes of “Glee’s” Season 4 so he could enter rehab again in March 2013.

His “Glee” co-stars were willing to assist him in dealing with his heroin dependency, and his mother was conscious of his use of pain medication during that period.

After his stint, he reached out to one of his friends in Vancouver, Neill, whom he hadn’t heard from when he traveled there.

Cory Monteith, Lea Michele
Monteith dated his “Glee” costar Lea Michele in real life and on the show.
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He recollected, “I recently encountered him … And he appears to be in great shape.” She responded, ‘Indeed, he is merely attempting to clear his mind.’ I replied, ‘I haven’t received any messages from Cory.’

In July, he was discovered deceased in a Vancouver hotel room with heroin, alcohol, and tranquilizers in his body.