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Interview with "Glee" Star Jane Lynch

Yours truly Zorba The Gleek had the wonderful opportunity to join into a conference call with the irreplaceable Jane Lynch of recent Glee notoriety as she prepares to Guest Voice on "The Cleveland Show" on Fox. The show will air January 10th at 9:30 p.m. and she plays Roberta's new teacher, Ms. Eck.

In case you forgot, Jane was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a TV series for her role as Sue Sylvester in Glee.

I have to say she was extremely humble, professional and polite and took the time to really answer the questions.

Highlights included:

On me asking her if she felt she was to the point of joining the ranks of the William H. Macy's and the James Gandolfini's as long time character actors who became notable names in their own right:

" I don't think of myself that way. I think if I focus on putting myself in a category or striving to be in a particular place, I can't get my arms around that, I don't think in those ways. I leave that to you to draw those conclusions."

On me asking her if it was possible that she would direct an episode of Glee:

That's a great question, because I think I'd like to, and I will say here, yes, I want to do that. I haven't spoken to anybody about it, but I love directing and I love calling the shots. I think it would be a great place to do it and because the directors we get and the writers we have are just so amazing and our DP is great, because you have to have a great DP if you want to be a great director. I think I'm learning at the feet of many masters."

Jane confirmed that she has already recorded and Sue Sylvester will be singing in an upcoming episode of Glee. Of course you can probably assume it's in the early part of the back 9 as they are only a few days into the shooting. Later in the call Jane stated she's only read the first three scripts so the likeliness that we'll see her sing early is high. She wouldn't say either way if it might be in the much talked about Madonna episode.

" I am, I'm very excited about it. I of course can't tell you, because it's top secret, but I've recorded already and I've had several dance rehearsals, it's going to be fun." "... I got to record singing in A Mighty Wind and that was a dream come true as well, so I had done that before. It's not as easy as one thinks, you have to be right on pitch-wise and you have to be right on time-wise, and I always thought I was very good at those things, but according to Adam, I am not. He had to direct me several times."

On the differences between live action and recording studio work:

" You don't have to worry about what you're wearing, you've got the script in front of you, and it doesn't involve your body, it's all about your voice, and it's really fast work. It's also very lonely work, because you're by yourself, very rarely do you do it in a group. You act with yourself and somebody else kind of mumbles the lines back at you, if at all. So seeing your work in something animated, you realize how little you have to do with all of it. It's always a surprise and it's always exciting to see, because you never really know, you're kind of isolated in that booth all by yourself."

Besides "The Cleveland Show" Jane also confirmed she is doing voice work for "Shrek 4"

"I'm playing a character called Gretchen and I'm an ogre and there are a lot of ogres in this particular Shrek. It kind of goes back in the life of time, kind of like It's a Wonderful Life and I play one of the ogres and it's a lot of fun."


On finding work after 40:

" I know that it is a reality that it's harder for women after 40, but I started working at 40, and I think it's just because I'm a character actress and my particular brand of it is more mature and it's not something I was able to be cast at when I was younger and fresh faced, so I had to wait until my age caught up which happens to be the tricks in my little arsenal."


"Right. I had a day here and there where I would get discouraged that I wasn't a big star, but I've kind of made a living ever since I was like 27, not a great living, but enough for me. For me actually being able to pay my rent and eat and perform is enough and I did that for many years. And then I had some good years in there too where I made pretty good money, but I'm at a different point in my career now where I get to kind of sit back and let some things come to me whereas I had to be a lot more aggressive when I was younger. There were moments when I would get discouraged, but I don't know that I always thought that I would get to a point where I would work all the time, but I was okay about it as long as I got to perform I was happy."

On other actresses she personally admires:

"Jennifer Saunders, amazing, Ilene Brennan I think is just amazing, and I really like Eve Arden, I'm a big fan of Eve Arden, of course she's no longer with us. Let's see who's out there…"

On Jennifer Coolidge:

"Yes, she's one, I can barely keep a straight face, yes. She's a tough one to work with because she's just so nuanced and weird and you never know what's going to come out of her mouth and it's usually brilliant."


On her favorite line from "The Cleveland Show" and what a "fupa" is:

"Yes, I laugh almost every day about “look at this fupa,” which I don't know if you know what it means, but it's a hilarious reference to the fat right about the groin area."

And my favorite quote of he whole call regarding making careful career choices for the future:

"You know what, I never make decisions carefully. I don't think I'm going to start now."


I know it's going to be a while before Glee starts up again but in the meantime enjoy Jane on "The Cleveland Show". It was an incredible experience and I look forward to speaking with Jane about Glee and other topics in the future.

- @ZorbaTheGleek


Posted by Zorba the Gleek on January 8, 2010 11:05 PM
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