Cory Monteith is best known for his role as Finn Hudson on Glee, but before he struck gold on the series, he has revealed that he spent a better part of his youth as a drug-addicted, alcoholic high school drop out…and all by the time he was 16!
And despite a stint in rehab, the only thing that helped him get his life together was an ultimatum from his family that they would press charges against him for stealing from them!
"I’m not Finn Hudson. I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive. I had a serious problem [with drugs and alcohol]. Anything and everything, as much as possible. I burned a lot of bridges. I was out of control. [At 19] That’s when I first went to rehab. I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing. I stole a significant amount of money from a family member. I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years. A lot of things went missing when I was around; I had high overhead to take care of. I was done fighting myself. I finally said, ‘I’m gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I’m doing this.’ I don’t want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too. … But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can."
Wow. So candid!
And you'd never expect him to be one of those kids!
Proof that ANYONE can be led astray!
But also a reminder that no matter how bad your life can get, there's always the opportunity to turn it around.
Cory found his passion and drive in acting, and we sincerely hope to that young men in similar situations can somehow persevere and find what makes them want to be better!
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