updated 12/04/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/04/2009 AT 10:15 AM ET
Sure, costars on another popular show are dating in real life – to the delight of fans – but that’s not the case for Glee’s Cory Monteith.
The 27-year-old star’s onscreen chemistry with Lea Michele, 23, is just an act.
“We’re great friends. We’ve become really close over the show, but we’re just friends. We’re not dating,” the actor, who plays McKinley High’s quarterback Finn Hudson on the FOX show, said Thursday at the Marshalls and T.J. Maxx “Carol-Oke” contest at New York’s Bryant Park.
On Glee, Monteith’s Hudson and Michele’s neurotic and self-proclaimed star Rachel Berry are involved in a complicated love quadrangle that also includes former Cheerios cheerleader Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) and footballer Puck (Mark Salling). It’s messy with pregnancy, lies and two baby daddies for one baby. Confused? So are their characters.