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In the surprising Star article, Monteith, who dropped out of school in the ninth grade and subsequently worked various blue-collar jobs in his native Calgary, revealed that he nearly became homeless while trying to pursue an acting career in Vancouver, Canada. "I definitely experienced a marginalized situation. I was not homeless, but I was definitely at risk," he said.
After he drove 20 straight hours from Vancouver to Los Angeles to attend a fateful "Glee" audition, Monteith's life obviously turned around--but he's never forgotten that he could have gone down a very different, much darker path. "I'm super-lucky that I found something that I could get passionate about and that I could devote myself to. Had I not found that, it might have been a different story," he said.
Now Monteith, for his part, is using his newfound star status to reach out to at-risk kids not fortunate enough to land a plum role on the biggest series on network television. Monteith is currently serving as an ambassador for Richard Branson's Virgin Unite "Re*Generation Canada" movement, to officially make November 17 National Youth Homelessness Awareness Day in Canada; for more information on this cause, go to http://www.virginunite.com/News/USA/REGeneration-Canada/Motion-504-National-Youth-Homelessness-Awareness-Day.
In his own way, Cory Monteith is literally urging troubled teens: Don't stop believin'.
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