'Glee' Goodies From Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch is managing a pretty impressive feat Wednesday nights on Fox -- she's stealing every scene she's in on Glee. While out actress Lynch's character, “Cheerios” coach Sue Sylvester, has yet to sing a note on the song-filled show, her zingers and wicked wit as the villainous opponent of the school's glee club are some of the show's best moments.
“It’s so delicious.... There’s something about [her]. I’ve played arrogant people before," the long-established character actress recalled, "but the levels and lengths she goes to, it’s so entertaining and fun.”
Lynch said Sue's precise brand of mean pushes the limits. “The writers love pushing it. In the first draft they always go too far. It’s like, ‘I can’t talk about skinning a cat!’”
In the remainder of season 1, Lynch’s character will soften slightly, if only for a moment, the actress said. “Her heart will be touched by somebody,” she told People, adding, “We learn a little bit about her family life and she’s humanized a bit. But then, of course, that quickly goes away because she returns to her wicked ways.”
While there are no plans for a show-tune number for her character yet, the theater-trained actress revealed, “I did a lindy hop with Matt Morrison, who plays Will Schuester, in the sixth or seventh episode. So I’m dancing, which I had no business doing. I’m not a very good dancer, but hopefully in the future I’ll get to sing." Her choice for Sue's big number? "I’d like to do ‘Rose’s Turn’ from Gypsy.”
Lynch also shared that the inspiration for her tough-teacher performance came from a past professor “referred to as the ‘Dragon Lady,’” who “kind of taught by humiliation and fear and was held up as this great god of acting,” Lynch remembered. “That’s kind of the Sue Sylvester equivalent for cheerleading.”
Catch Jane Lynch's deliciously devious Sue Sylvester on Fox's Glee Wednesday nights.
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