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Naya Rivera on 'Glee' without Cory Monteith

'Glee' beauty Naya Rivera, who plays feisty Santana Lopez on the hit U.S. musical series, has revealed that being back on set after cast member Cory Monteith's tragic death is strange.

Monteith passed away back in July from a fatal mixture of heroin and alcohol, and Rivera told Latina magazine that filming the new series without his is challenging and very sad:

"We're definitely taking it day by day. Everybody's really just leaning on each other and trying to do good work.

She also shared several snapshots from the cover shoot (pictured below) via her official Instagram page, which she accompanied with the caption: "So excited to be on the cover of Latina again!"

Earlier this week, actor Kevin McHale (Artie) told the press that they're currently working on the Monteith tribute episode and said that it's very emotional: "When [the cast] got the script, we were all reading it together and we were like, 'Did you get to that one scene?'. When you see it, everyone will know what that one scene is."






Watch a recent interview with Rivera below: