BY Advocate.com Editors
September 23 2009 9:55 AM ET
With memorable roles as a butch lesbian dog handler in Christopher Guest's Best in Show and an out lawyer on the groundbreaking drama The L Word, Jane Lynch has made you laugh. One look at her massive résumé will make your head spin: She's had roles in films and television shows as diverse as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Weeds, Desperate Housewives, Friends, and Frasier. But it's her current role on Fox's freshman musical dramedy Glee as the snobby, entitled coach of a high school's cheer team that is drawing her rave reviews -- is it too soon to talk Emmy nomination? And while we're talking statuettes, her on-screen role opposite Meryl Streep's Julia Child in this summer's Julie & Julia is a stellar achievement in an already sensational career.
Advocate.com recently caught up with Lynch and discussed her role on the hit Fox series, singing, and whether she would return for more of The L Word.
Advocate.com: Glee is a hit with critics and viewers after two episodes, and your Coach Sue Sylvester is completely outrageous. Why is she so anti–glee club?
Jane Lynch: Well, I think because she reigns supreme at the school and that's basically her goal in life is to be the top dog in some place and she's chosen this school and she's chosen the Cheerios and she feels the threat from the glee club, so she sets out to crush their spirits.
Do you think she was a former student at McKinley High like glee club instructor Will Schuester?
No, I don't think so. But I think she might be somebody -- and I don't mean to get too Method-y about this -- but I think she might be somebody who was made to feel bad about herself and less than in high school and now she's just resolved to be the top dog even though she's no longer high school age. Now she's proud to go back to school and take it over … exact her revenge!
After two episodes, we already know a lot about Schuester’s personal life, but little about Coach Sylvester’s. Is she gay?
No. Her heart is affected by a suitor -- a gentleman who she has a little romance with and we get to see a little bit of a softer side of Sue. You also get to meet a member of her family, which hopefully will give you a better understanding of why she is who she is, and maybe (have) a little sympathy for her in that regard. But then of course she completely squanders any nice feelings you have for her by going back to her wicked ways.