Jane Lynch channels her inner Naomi Campbell for the December issue of Michigan Avenue.
In this issue, the actress shares her thoughts on her infamous GLEE character, Sue Sylvester.
On her character Sue Sylvester:
“My recognition factor has gone up in terms of the public, so my life has changed in that way, for good and sometimes annoying. But creatively—playing the same character for nearly 100 episodes, I’m still enjoying it. There are moments when I’ll look at an episode and go, ‘Oh come on, can’t I do something else other than destroy the Glee club?’ Then of course they always give me something just stellar and fun, and this season I’m having the best time. Professionally, I don’t think I would have been just handed the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway if I hadn’t been cast as Sue Sylvester—I don’t think that would have happened—so I am deeply indebted, because that was the best experience of my life. Doing Miss Hannigan on Broadway and working with all those wonderful people and doing eight shows a week, it very much brought me back to why I do this and why I was bitten by the need to be on stage. Whatever inspired me back when I was a kid seeing that play at the local high school, that came alive again.”
On playing Miss Hannigan in Annie:
“I guess I have to take responsibility for it. I can’t sit here and say, ‘Well, I think people throw that at me,’ and I’m the victim of this wonderful typecasting. You know, I think I just do ‘put upon’ well; I do victimized well, and I do entitled well, and I think it’s because I’m fascinated with all three of those things. Of course they live in me, of course they do. But I find them hilarious and curious and a very satisfying step into the shoes. Whereas Miss Hannigan was kind of sloppy and drunk and frustrated and she just wanted out of there, Sue Sylvester is stealthy and looks at everything as an opportunity to wage war and win. She’s a warrior goddess.”
On her love for animals and fighting for their rights:
“I just love them. We domesticated these little babies, and it’s up to us to take care of them. We have to spay and neuter our pets and take responsibility for how and if they reproduce. I think the people out there saving animals off the streets and from abusive homes deserve all the support in the world. I support that work, but I could emotionally never do it. We do this thing with six shelters at the Rose Bowl around Halloween called Race for the Rescues. We do a walk or a run and somebody wins and everybody gets little prizes, but we take all of the animals and put them on a catwalk—including cats—and we parade them, basically, we whore them up and down the catwalk in costumes, and every single one of them gets adopted every year.”
On her thoughts on the California LGBT community:
“First of all, Hollywood is so gay and has been forever—maybe not so much in front of the camera, and most people just didn’t know. It is much easier, but I think we still have a problem as an audience—we haven’t come far enough to where we will accept an openly gay person in a straight love interest role, whereas they can happen on Broadway all the time. That’s the next thing around the corner. But yes, absolutely, I think it has [gotten easier], and it’s due to people who had the courage to stand up when nobody else was doing it—people like Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, K.D. Lang standing up and saying, ‘Yes, this is who I am,’ plus Rupert Everett, Ian McKellen, and the British male homosexuals.”