I really have to hand it to Lea Michele — I’ve never seen anybody do half as good a job as she is of taking advantage of a tragic situation in order to benefit her career.
The tragic situation I’m referring to, of course, is her boyfriend Cory Monteith‘s tragic death from heroin overdose back in July. I originally predicted that it would have a hugely detrimental effect on her career, as I assumed she’d elect to leave the cast of Glee and stay under the radar for a while while she recovered, but I misjudged the strength of her own ambition and dedication. Even though it’s been less than four months since his death, Lea has already successfully used the tragedy to significantly increase her own visibility. Check it out.
Not only has she stayed on Glee, but she’s also rumored to have a spin-off in the works for her character Rachel Berry, a book called Brunette Ambition, and even an album coming out in the near future, which she promises will have a song about Cory on it. Color me not surprised.
“The album was done, and the label said, ‘Do you want to add anything?’ I was like, ‘I might regret it if I don’t’. It makes me so happy, this song. It makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think of him, I play this.”
It’s a song called ‘You’re Mine’, and it’s proof that Lea Michele is one of the most dedicated businesspeople out there. I think she misses Cory, definitely, but she’s been able to combine him in her head with the character of Finn Hudson, which I assume allows her to distance herself from the tragedy. I have no doubt that he was an important person in her life (though I suspect not actually her boyfriend, as she’d have us believe), but she’s made exclusively savvy business decisions in the months since his death instead of going the more typical emotional route.
I may not be the biggest fan of hers, but I have to respect the cold, rational choices she’s made for her career since July — her ability to put her work before her relationships is scary impressive.