AceShowbiz - More than a year after "Glee" ended its run, Ryan Murphy opened up about tension behind the scenes of the once hit FOX series. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly promoting the new season of "American Horror Story", the writer admits the time he worked on the show "was the best time in my life and the worst time in my life."
"There was a lot of infighting," he reveals. "There was a lot of people sleeping together and breaking up. It was good training for being a parent, I'll tell you that much." The series co-creator admits that it wasn't entirely the cast's fault.
"But I also made a mistake: We all got too personal," he says. "We loved it so much that we would all go out to dinner and we'd hang out and we were always together, so there was no delineation between who was the boss and who was the employee. And we were all so close that finally when something would happen, it would be so personal to me that I would literally hit the roof."
Murphy says he didn't expect the show would be a huge success. "No one thought that was going to be anything, I think, other than a solid double, maybe at best," he admits. "And we did it, and it was a magical experience because we shot the first 13 episodes in a bubble because nothing had aired."
He goes on recalling the time he realized the show had become a big hit after he returned from Bali to shoot "Eat, Pray, Love" with Julia Roberts in 2009, "I returned from India and Bali with Julia, and I was like The Beatles. It was so crazy, like you could not go out with those kids."
Murphy also talks about Cory Monteith's addiction issues that led to his tragic death in 2013. He says he was aware of it and helped the actor get into rehab. He recalls the last time he saw Monteith when he and Lea Michele came to visit Murphy on the set of his HBO movie "The Normal Heart", "We hugged, and the last thing he said was 'I love you, man, and thank you for helping me get better.' And then the next thing I knew he was dead. It was like losing a child."
Michelle adds, "When I found out [Monteith had died], Ryan was one of the first people I called. When Cory was alive, Ryan was very helpful in trying to get him well and healthy but, when that day did come, Ryan did take charge, and he helped me more than I can ever explain."
She goes on saying of Murphy, "He completely cared for me. He made sure I was okay every single day, whether it was coming over to his house and having dinner prepared for me, or making sure I was okay at work. He sat me down and said, 'What do you want to do? Do you want to continue the show? Do you want it to end? I just said, 'I just want to go back to work.' His heart is bigger than I think he knows what to do with sometimes."
Murphy admits Monteith's death did change the show. "What started off as being such a great celebration of love and acceptance ultimately became about darkness and death," he says, adding, "It was a great lesson in what not to do moving forward. And many of them are my good friends to this day."