If you’ve been to the movies in the past few years or turned on the television at all, odds are you’ve seen Jane Lynch doing her thing on screen. She recently took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to journalists (somehow I was mistakenly included in this list I guess) about Role Models and her other upcoming projects.
With the wide variety of ballsy and sometimes sexually deviant characters she’s inhabited over the years, you might expect Lynch to reflect that in her every day life, but as she states “I’m a very normal person.” She says she would be embarrassed to swing her power around like the characters she plays. When not being on screen herself, she enjoys watching comedies with great gross-out moments like There’s Something About Mary and Along Came Polly; clearly a fan of immature humor and a good fart joke or two. While a successful TV and film actress, as well as a noted stage actor, Lynch aspires one day to take her detail obsessed persona and apply it to directing.
In Role Models, Jane plays “Sweeney” the formerly coke addicted head of Sturdy Wings, who keeps a watchful and critical eye on Wheeler and Danny. In this role, she manages to steal several scenes and help deliver some of the more quotable moments of the film. “This script had a lot of meat on its bones,” she states, saying that while she did improvise, there were a lot of great jokes already on the page. What drew her to the script initially was the cast already signed on – she likes to pick projects based on who she’s going to work with. On that note, one actor she’d love to work with is Ben Stiller, whom she describes as the best at what he does. “There’s no one better.”
On the horizon, Lynch shows no signs of slowing down. She has a role in the Fox pilot Glee, which is a musical comedy that will have her singing as the leader of the cheerleaders, a role she’s very excited about. On the big and small screen, she can be seen in the upcoming Julia & Julia, The Post-Grad Survival Guide, Spring Breakdown, Another Cinderella Story, and Brownie Masters. That’s not to mention any of the four TV series she regularly appears on, so if you need a fix of Lynch, you won’t have far to go.
What’s your favorite Jane Lynch character?