Cory Monteith said he was "really happy" in the last interview before his death.
The 'Glee' star expressed his excitement about returning for the show's fifth season ahead of his untimely passing aged 31 in his hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday (13 July).
Posing alongside long-term girlfriend Lea Michele at the Chrysalis Ball on June 8, the interview marked Cory's first red carpet appearance following a stint in rehab.
He told E! News: "I'm just happy to be on the show, I'm really, really happy to be coming back. It's really good."
When asked about plans for a summer holiday with his girlfriend he replied: "I'm not sure yet, we're playing it by ear."
The star was speaking at a charity event to help aid homeless and low-income individuals gain employment.
He said: "It's not just a handout. It's empowerment. It's taking people who just need a help up. Not a handout. A help up. It's helping people do what they already can do."
Lea looked at Cory and gushed over her on and off-screen boyfriend.
She said: "I think he looks great, doesn't he? He's the best."