With the exception of a nimble frame that stretches as far as the eye can see, it probably should come as no surprise that Jane Lynch is absolutely nothing like her television alter-ego: McKinley High’s uber-competitive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.
Take our recent interview for example. Rather than hog the credit for the success of GLEE thus far — FOX’s musical comedy hybrid that have critics and fans alike singing its praise — Lynch does something we’re fairly confident Sue Sylvester is physically incapable of doing, share the spotlight.
“It’s surreal but in a way it’s expected when you work with the likes of Ryan [Murphy], Ian [Brennan] and Brad [Falchuk],” said Lynch at the recent FOX Fall Junket in Los Angeles. “Our writers have created a world that just really works and has a flavour and tone to it that people love and I’m very proud to be a part of.”
She says ‘proud to be a part of it,’ we say, ‘everything sounds funnier coming out of Jane Lynch’s mouth.’ Which is probably why the actress, following breakthrough roles in The 40-year-old Virgin and Role Models now finds herself working virtually nonstop. Pulling double duty this summer in both Julie & Julia and Post Grad, while she gets ready to find the time to wrap up her character’s storyline on Rob Thomas’ hilarious PARTY DOWN (A gig which she unfortunately had to give up due to scheduling conflicts with her current FOX series) and prepare for more what we hope is a lot more GLEE.
“I expect a decision to be made sometime during the World Series,” said Lynch when asked about when GLEE might get the much anticipated full season pick-up. “FOX will hopefully bring us back in January for our back nine.”
Until then, expect Sue Sylvester to stop at nothing to take down the Glee Club.
“Sue will continue to terrorize these poor kids and Mr. Schuster [Matthew Morrison],” explained the actress. “Somedays Sue will reign victorious, somedays she will lose and come back to fight another day. She really needs to be on top.”
Just don’t ask her to dance.
“When I found out that I was going to do the Lindy Hop with Matt [Morrison], a very long Lindy Hop mind you, I said to the writers, ‘You realize I don’t dance!’ And they showed me what the dance was going to be and I sad, ‘NO, you don’t understand, I don’t dance.’ But I ended up being able to do it. Hopefully I’ll get to sing in the back nine.”
Finally, something we can all agree upon.
New Episodes of GLEE air Wednesday at 9PM on FOX (Global TV in Canada)