Famous for his role as Finn Hudson, Glee's Cory Monteith has charmed audiences with his sweet vocals, all-American good looks, and aw shucks, nice guy persona. Here's a look at why Cory Monteith is the King of Cool, both on and off screen.
In spite of his success, Cory Monteith has not forgotten his blue collar roots. Cory Monteith has worked as a roofer, taxi driver, and even a Wal-Mart greeter. Before landing his role as Glee's Finn Hudson, Cory had small parts in movies like Final Destination 3 and TV's Kyle XY.
Monteith does not let his recent success go to his head, nor does he take it for granted. He makes a point not to forget where he came from.
Cory Monteith uses his celebrity status for charitable causes. In May 2010, Monteith was one of several celebrities (including Carrie Underwood, Sarah Silverman, and Amy Poehler) who auctioned drawings to raise money for neurofibromatosis (a congenital disease that causes tumors).
Cory Monteith is not the best singer on the show, but this works in his favor. Compared to seasoned Broadway veterans like Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Jonathan Groff, Cory Monteith is not the best vocalist on Glee. Yet this makes Finn's character so much more believable. While Matthew Morrison is almost too good a vocalist to be convincing in his role as a "failed performer," Finn Hudson's voice is appropriate as a high school athlete with untrained but promising talent.
Cory Monteith is an accomplished drummer as well as a singer. Monteith started playing the drums at age 7. This skill has helped him in various roles, including Gunnar on MTV's Kaya. When Cory auditioned for his role as Finn Hudson on Glee, he demonstrated his musical ability by playing Tupperware drums.
Finn Hudson's character is a refreshing departure from common glee club stereotypes. As a former choir girl, I can relate to diva drama queens like Rachel and Kurt. At the same, Finn's character is refreshingly different from the musical theater high school stereotypes. Finn's character is so appealing because he is able to balance sports and music.
Finn Hudson is a positive role model for young men because he shows that you don't have to have a personality like Kurt to succeed in music. Finn is very much a man's man. He is popular, loves football and girls, but that does not prevent him from pursuing his musical dreams. Finn shows that the musical theater world has room for all types of personalities. In or outside glee club, Cory Monteith truly is the King of Cool.
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