Glee‘s third season will premiere on Tuesday September 20, Fox announced today. That still feels like an awfully long wait (then again, what are we waiting on, really?) yet thankfully the show’s cast and crew are omnipresent enough—and lack any semblance of a filter—to keep us sweating Glee-related fodder long through July and August. Cory Monteith is the latest to provide a revealing interview, this time opting for revelations from his personal life rather than season three scoop or spoilers. While Matthew Morrison looked for laughs with a video about his ridiculous and highly fictional life before Glee, TV’s Finn Hudson takes a serious approach to discussing his past, particularly his struggles with drugs and alcohol as a teenager. “Anything and everything, as much as possible,” he tells Parade of his usage. “I had a serious problem.” The 29-year-old spoke candidly about the demons that began as child in Victoria, British Columbia. At 13 Monteith was regularly skipping school to drink and smoke pot, eventually dropping out at 16. Monteith cites stealing money from a family member as his turning point, which led to rehab at 19 and ultimately to pursue acting. “I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care,” he says of the incident. “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.”
Surprising stuff to those who believe Monteith to be a mirror image of his character—the football playing glee club member who can barely slushie kids without feeling bad about it—rather than the show’s slightly edgier “bad boy,” Puck. Regardless, Monteith is quick to distance himself from his alter ego (“I’m not Finn Hudson”) as well as your typical young Hollywood star. Even though he’s riding the Glee wave and starring in movies with Selena Gomez, these days he considers himself more of a homebody. “I’ll go out, but I leave early, before the shenanigans. I don’t really do the Hollywood party thing. I’d rather watch sports or play videogames or work out or sleep, to be totally honest.”
Lest critics jump back on the anti-Glee movement as a response to Monteith’s revelations, he acknowledges his influence, and discourages Glee‘s younger fans to want to emulate his mistakes. “I don’t want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too,” he says. “But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.” A television show, multiple albums, a sold-out tour and a movie in the works? Better get started.