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Mike O’Malley, the Emmy-nominated guest actor for his role as the most perfect father on Fox’s Glee, paused to remembered Cory Monteith on Saturday while promoting his upcoming NBC comedy Welcome to the Family.
"I had many of my scenes on Glee usually with either Chris Colfer [Kurt] or Cory and I think I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him,” said O’Malley, who has recurred as Colfer’s on-screen father Burt Hummel. “I had to throw his character, Finn, out of the house because of a slur he used.”
O’Malley proved more than a father to Colfer’s Kurt — his character eventually became a step-father to Monteith’s Finn Hudson, who used an anti-gay slur during a season two episode aimed toward his eventual step-brother.
"It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over the depth of emotion [Monteith] was able to portray; the sorrow, the shame," O’Malley recalled. “Ever since I met him he was the fictional quarterback on that show and very real quarterback on that set. He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show from the beginning through the new folks who came on this past year. He was a very hard-working actor. I loved working with him. He was a great guy. I miss him very much."
O’Malley also confirmed that he’d like to return for Glee’s planned tribute episode.
"I hope to," he told reporters Saturday. “I’m here doing Welcome to the Family, and we shoot one episode five days a week. But Burt is a very important role to me, it’s been a great part and I’ve said to all those guys that I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturday, Sunday, whatever I need to do to participate and continue to be on that show honoring Cory and his passing and that character. He is my step-son on that show. I certainly plan on being there. I think they’re shooting that episode when we’re on hiatus.”
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