Well, well, well. It seems life wasn’t always a song-and-dance for lily-white-seeming “Glee” star Cory Monteith.
The Canadian actor — who plays clean-cut Finn on the hit Fox series — revealed to Parade that his pre-”Glee” life was filled with drugs and booze and said he’s “thankful to be alive.”
The 29-year-old admitted he came from a broken home and began cutting school to get drunk and smoke pot at the age of 13, before dropping out altogether at 16.
“I did anything and everything, as much as possible...I had a serious [drug] problem,” Monteith told the mag. By the age of 19, he was in rehab, but it didn’t stick.
“I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing,” he said.
Monteith also revealed he reached rock bottom when he stole a substantial 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.”
After moving in with a pal, kicking his habit and landing a job as a roofer, Monteith began rebuilding his life — and soon started working with an acting coach.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Naturally, Monteith’s reveal comes with a “Glee”-like message: “I don’t want kids to think it’s OK to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he said.