The Glee actress was dating her co-star Cory when the actor died of a heroin and alcohol overdose in 2013. Lea has slowly rebuilt her life and is now with model-and-actor Matthew, who she met in April, 2014, and she's sure Cory, who was just 31 when he died, would give the couple his seal of approval.
"At the end of the day, this industry is really tough, and the only way to get through is to create a solid unit, and that’s really what we’ve been since day one," she said of her relationship with Matthew, while talking during a Fempire podcast. "We’ve stood by each other through anything that was thrown our way. (Matt) is a such a great man that he would never really let anything like (the pressures of Hollywood) ever crack our lovely little core that we've created.
"He is very respectful towards the person that I was with (Cory), and that, again, is something I love so much about him. I really know that Cory would love him too."
While Matthew has been a great support, Lea, 29, admits she suffers from a "sort of anxiety" and often fears she still hasn't "made it" in the industry. If she could choose any famous friend to stand by her side, it would be outspoken model Chrissy Teigen.
"I really would love to be best friends with Chrissy Teigen," Lea smiled. "I feel like she would cook for me, she would defend bullies for me. I would go to their house and (Chrissy's husband) John Legend would be singing or naked in a shower somewhere… I feel like me and Matt would be really good friends with them."