Lea Michele Is ‘Choosing to Rise’ After Cory Monteith’s Death

11/04/2013 AT 10:30 AM ET

When Cory Monteith died at just 31 due to a mixture of alcohol and heroin, Lea Michele turned to a famous friend for help.

“I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there,” Michele says in the December issue of ELLE.

“I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”

She continues, “I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. Now that I am in this position, you can choose to rise, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people.”

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