Lea Michele: 'Glee' sex scene with Cory Monteith was "way awkward"

Oct. 24, 2011 at 4:15 PM ET

Glee's Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) are about to reach that major milestone of all TV high school couples: going all the way! (At least, we think they are. It could end up just being a dream sequence or something. You never know with Glee.) What we know for sure is that Michele, 25, and Monteith, 29, filmed a steamy scene in front of a fireplace. And while fans have been rooting for some Rachel-Finn action since 2009, Michele says that the actual experience was less than a dream come true.

"Oh my God, it was way awkward," Michele tells E! News. "I adore Cory. He's like my brother and to have to do some of the stuff we did in front of our entire crew... it's so less sexy than you think. Really, we were in a room with like 20 people around us, sitting by the fireplace."

"He was sweating so much," Michele adds. "I was so grossed out!"

Way to spoil the mood, Lea! Overall, though, the actress says she's happy with the results of their sweaty labor.

"I saw some photos and I was like 'Damn! We look good,'" she says. "As a fan of the show, it's something I wanted to see for awhile and it's very interesting how everything plays out."

(Not another teen-pregnancy subplot, we're guessing; Rachel seems like the kind of girl who'd make sure to have protection and back-up protection.)

Sounds like Gleeks have a lot of romance to look forward to this season. In addition to the Finn-Rachel lovefest, there's going to be a new love triangle between Santana (Naya Rivera), her longtime crush/BFF Brittany (Heather Morris), and a new Irish exchange student (Glee Project winner Damian McGinty). And then there's Mercedes (Amber Riley), whose new relationship could be threatened by the return of her ex-boyfriend Sam (Chord Overstreet). Prepare to spend the rest of October in anticipation: Glee, which is currently on a World Series-induced hiatus, returns Nov. 1.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.