Actress Lea Michele attends an event at Hyde Lounge in...

Actress Lea Michele attends an event at Hyde Lounge in Los Angeles. (July 1, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

"Glee" star Lea Michele has spoken publicly for the first time about the death of her castmate and boyfriend, Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July at age 31.

"I feel like, for me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn," the high-school quarterback and glee-club member he played, Michele told the Australian magazine TV Week.

"I really woke up every single day feeling like I was... in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life," the actress, 27, reflected. Without using the word "death," she held her fingers up slightly apart, the magazine reported, and said: "I feel like what happened with Cory was [only] this big in the scheme of who he was and his life. There was no greater man than Cory, so for the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky."

The Monteith tribute episode, "The Quarterback," airs Thursday night on Fox.

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