By Erin Strecker
November 04, 2013 at 03:54 PM EST
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Following on- and off-screen boyfriend Cory Monteith’s death this summer, Lea Michele got help from an unexpected source: Kate Hudson.

In the days following Monteith’s death, Hudson, who guest-starred on Glee last season as Rachel’s mean dance teacher,  opened her home to Michele, Michele shared in her first U.S. magazine interview since Monteith’s death. Michele covers the December issue of Elle, and in excerpts posted online, discussed how she got through those especially difficult first days.

“I called [Kate Hudson] and said, ‘I don’t know where I’m going to go because my house is swarmed [with reporters].’ ” Michele said. “She was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to stay at my house.’ Like it was nothing. No one knew I was there. I’ll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me.”  

Reflecting on the past few months, Michele said, “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. “

Michele has drawn praise for her strength both on-set and off from Glee creator Ryan Murphy and others, who’ve spoken about how Michele is taking things one day at a time. “It’s very hard,” she told the magazine. “And you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don’t have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.”

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