Watch Cory Monteith on his fave ‘Glee’ song and gay rights

When Gold Derby chatted with Cory Monteith last year he revealed to our senior editor Daniel Montgomery his views on his favorite “Glee” music performances, what it’s like to host award shows and how he feels as a straight man about the struggle for gay rights. Watch the video chat below. Highlights:

FAVORITE MUSIC NUMBER ON ‘GLEE'”: “Seeing Matt Morrsion and Gwyneth Paltrow do that ‘Umbrella’ mash-up, that was an amazing number to be part of.”

‘GLEE’ BEING NOMINATED FOR, AND WINNING, AWARDS: “It’s always incredible to see the shows and the talent at these award shows. It always blows my mind to think about this, a Fox pilot that started so humbly a couple of years ago, now winning all these awards. Tremendous. It never gets old. Meeting heroes of mine at the SAG Awards last year …. It’s kind of an electricity.”

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HOSTING THE TEEN CHOICE AND GLAAD AWARDS: “Teen Choice Awards were very technical. There were a lot of moving parts. There were a lot of rehearsals and stuff like that. The GLAAD Awards were more organic, kind of just hit the ground running, hit the mark and stand and deliver …. I love the idea of hosting award shows, so if anybody watching this wants me to host their awards show, I’m your guy.”

BEING AWARE OF THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT: “Being aligned with ‘Glee’ has absolutely made me more aware of it. It’s one of the defining challenges at this point in our human evolution. This is the equivalent human rights struggle for our generation. We’re going to look back 50 years from now and be shocked that this is what we’re having to deal with.”

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PORTRAYING THE YOUNG FINN: “It’s always terrific to play a character younger than yourself. It expands your own life in a strange way. My own life experience cannot help but give me perspective on what Finn Hudson goes through.”

MUSICALTHEATER: “The whole world of musical theater was introduced to me by ‘Glee,’ so musical theater is still the most unknown of the musical genres, but I’m getting better. (My favorite is) rock music or any derivative of rock.”

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