Jane Lynch: I’m grateful to all those lezzies who had the balls to say ‘this is who I am’

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 09:  Actress Jane lynch attends the 'Glee' portrait session at Grimaldi Forum during the annual Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 9, 2010 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Glee’s glorious villain Jane Lynch has a new interview in Hello! Magazine in which she gives some details about her recent wedding to her same sex partner, Dr. Lara Embry, and talks about their daughter. It’s a nice look into her personal life, which she hasn’t been entirely comfortable talking about past interviews. In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air earlier this year, Lynch said that she’s out but that she’s not outspoken about it, explaining that “I don’t like calling attention to myself in that way. I don’t want to be different. I’m not a rebel. I just want to be like everybody else.” Lynch expanded on that thought to Hello!, and said that she’s grateful to other famous gay women who have paved the way for her. Here’s more:

On her wedding this Memorial Day:
It was a lovely day. We were in Northhampton in Massachusetts, because that’s where my wife went to school, so it actually had some meaning to us. We had four friends each who came out, and their spouses, so it was really small and lovely with good food. It was a great day.”

On her eight year-old stepdaughter
“She is a piece of work! She is eight and a real character. She is more my daughter than my wife’s in a way, she’s a lot like me. Her little wedding dress was made out of this fabric that I’m wearing now.”

On coming out
“I never thought about it. I never hid who I was and nobody seems to care, anyway. I’m really grateful to Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, and Ellen and all those lezzies out there who had the balls, if you will to say, ‘This is who I am,’ and America went, ‘Sigh, okay.’ Then Jane Lynch comes along. I have theories on why it may be easier for women – maybe it is less offensive to people’s sensibilities.”

On singing and being front and center
“I am probably the worst singer on this earth, but I sing all the time. I am a character actor and usually play supportive roles. I’m used to coming in and leaving, not having my own story arcs. Now, I get episodes where I’m in almost every scene, so this has been great for me. This is my first time of being in the limelight where people are writing about me, so we are all having this experience together.”

On Sue Sylvester
“I think Sue Sylvester is attractive to people because she is so mean. She is that inner voice we all have that we would never say out loud. She has no filter and people love that. They love that she puts together these rambling sentences of condemnation that everyone wishes they could do, too. She isn’t dangerous, she’s laughable.”

On what’s coming up for Glee
“We are talking about doing a Bruce Springsteen episode which would be amazing.”

[From Hello! Magazine, print edition, June 21, 2010]

I love how straightforward Lynch is, although like I said I didn’t get that impression from her when I fheard her on NPR. It was the first interview I’d heard with her and she was matter of fact about her life but sounded somewhat shy. She seems like she enjoys working and is grateful for her success, but is not used to talking about her personal life. Now she’s coming out of her shell and I would love to hear more from her. She sounds like a real character once you get to know her.

Spoilers for Glee’s last episode this season
I loved that Lynch’s character showed some humanity in the final episode and that she actually voted for New Directions in the regionals. There was a moving scene where Sue realized that she was just like the Glee outcasts and would never fit in. She then helped Mr. Schue keep the Glee club active but managed to retain some of her trademark meanness. So does that mean it’s all a sham and she really loves the Glee club? Does it matter? She’ll continue to snark at Mr. Schue and everyone who gets in her way, and they won’t tone down the rivalry at all. They’re overdoing it with some of Sue Sylvester’s lines, though. They’re usually funny, but they need to give it a rest occasionally so we don’t get sick of her creative put downs.

Jane Lynch during the 50th Monte-Carlo TV Festival at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on June 9, 2010. Photo by Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 09: Actress Jane Lynch pose during a photocall for 'Glee' tv series at Grimaldi Forum on June 9, 2010 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 09: Actress Jane Lynch pose during a photocall for 'Glee' tv series at Grimaldi Forum on June 9, 2010 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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  1. Praise St. Angie! says:

    oh, how this woman makes me laugh.

    “you can’t bullshit a bullshitter”.

  2. a says:

    she’s looks happy and radiant.
    i’m happy for her!

  3. JJ says:

    If someone asked me about my private life w/my husband, I’d hate it. Can only imagine how awkward it is for homosexual celebrities when that overshadows the great work they do.

    P.S. – Saw a rerun of The Fugitive w/Harrison Ford last night and she’s in it. She’s been awesome for a long time!

  4. vi says:

    i’m glad she’s getting such a boost to her career and people are noticing how great she is. i’ve seen her in bit parts in tons of things and never noticed her all that much before now. hopefully she’ll keep getting better roles

  5. Tia C says:

    Jane is a great talent. She steals every scene she is in – and she has for years! I’m so happy for her current run of success and happiness.

  6. Feebee says:

    She’s awesome. Glad she’s getting some more widespread recognition. I hope it doesn’t get uncomfortable for her, I get the impression that while she’s talking a little about her personal life, she’d rather stay on the down low.

  7. Penguen says:

    Love her.

  8. Victoria says:

    I loved her as the shrink on Two and A Half Men! So funny!

  9. Deb says:

    Victoria…..Me too! She has great comedic timing on Two and a Half Men. She just seems like she would be fun to have dinner or drinks with.

  10. Liana says:

    I simply adore her. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and spending some time with her when she was on Criminal Minds and she’s just a really nice person.

  11. I Choose Me says:

    Is she related to Kelly Lynch perhaps? (She played Vivien, Sam Rockwell’s partner in crime in Charlie’s Angels) Because I see a lot of facial similarities.

  12. hellen says:

    I have had a girl-crush on her forever. She defines “awesome”.

  13. Q says:

    I wish Glee were even slightly tolerable, because I do adore her. Best in Show, anyone?

  14. Lady LaLa says:

    Steals every Christopher Guest movie, too

  15. Jen says:

    “You know what I had for breakfast? Cocaine!!”

    love her. 🙂

  16. Trillion says:

    She is nothing less than stellar in Best In Show. I cringe to think that she has a character in “Two And A Half Men”, which I consider one of the stupidest television shows of all time. Anyhooo….love Jane. She represents the inevitable outcome of someone is fortunate enough to live in an environment where everyone around them is relaxed about the private lives of others. They can just be themselves with ease. (why is this comment moderated?)

  17. molly says:

    She was hilarious in the awesome Best in Show, too.

  18. Praise St. Angie! says:

    to Jen…

    “what did you have for dinner?”

    “was it cocaine?” LOL, she’s awesome in that movie!

    my favorite line of hers from that movie is “I don’t want to get too graphic here, but I used to s*** his d*** for drugs.”

  19. Jeri says:

    She’s great – it wouldn’t be Glee without her.

  20. Ruffian9 says:

    Love her SO MUCH

  21. jane16 says:

    Also love her! She’s so fab!

  22. J says:

    Her best line ever: “I’m very discreet… but I will haunt your dreams.” – The 40 year Old Virgin

  23. Anne says:

    She is so funny and talented. Love her!

  24. lucy2 says:

    She’s such a great comedic actress, have loved her in many things and am happy for her recent success and marriage.
    I like her attitude too – she just is who she is.

  25. Jack Rudd says:

    Her recurring guest role in The L Word (in which, funnily enough, Kelly Lynch also had a recurring guest role) is also well worth catching.