DEBBIE SCHIPP discovers why Jane Lynch remains as Gleeful as ever
SHE plays the acid- tongued and heartless Sue Sylvester on Glee, but with just six episodes to go before the fi nal curtain falls on the show, Jane Lynch admits fi lming those fi nal scenes was more brutal than any of Sue’s take- downs. “It feels a little strange to no longer have
Glee to go to,” says Lynch, a week after the fi nal scenes were shot.
“It’s been really sad, bittersweet. We celebrated every cast member one at a time.
“We’ve all been together now almost eight years, and some of these kids were kids and some of us were in our mid- 40s [ she laughs] in our normal lives [ she’s now 54].
“And we have been through a lot together, obviously, losing Cory [ Montieth the Canadian actor, who played Finn, but died from a heroin and alcohol overdose at 31 in July, 2013] and you know we have ended up with an amazing group of people.
“And you know, we thought of Cory every day. His beautiful little mug is up on the wall on a plaque, so it’s like he’s there … Clearly in those fi nal days of fi lming I would imagine he was in everyone’s thoughts.”
Lynch says performing her last song for the show – an ABBA song with Will Schuester ( Matt Morrison), with whom Sylvester had a love- hate relationship – was “brutal”.
“It was diffi cult. But it was moving and what a joy to honour that relationship between the two of us as people and as characters,” Lynch says.
There were laughs among the goodbyes, and Lynch revels in the knowledge that Sue Sylvester – and Glee – continue to give until the fi nal credits roll.
That was the case from the second she read the script for the pilot, which described Sue as “someone who may or may not have posed for Penthouse and may or may not be on horse oestrogen”.
“I thought: ‘ That’s somebody I want to play’,” Lynch laughs.
Lynch went on to win an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the acid- tongued egomaniac who made tracksuits acceptable wear, anywhere. “I don’t know if I’ll meet someone like her again. I don’t think I need to play anybody like her again,” Lynch says.
There were times when Lynch thought she couldn’t stomach saying the things written for Sue. “I’d ring Ian Brennan [ the character’s creator] and say, ‘ I don’t know that I can say this’ and he would reply, ‘ just give it a try’. On the other hand I’d have schoolteachers come up to me and say, ‘ God I wish I could talk to kids the way you do’.”
Lynch delights that Glee wraps as strongly and unapologetically as it began, with a powerful transgender storyline she describes as “brave – as the show has always been”.
“It’s all so touching and some of it is just ridiculously funny. It’s the best that
Glee can be,” she says. Lynch’s favourite song for Sue was her homage to Madonna’s iconic Vogue video.
“Without question,” she says. “That was ( Glee creator) Ryan Murphy’s baby for damn sure. He was in charge of every moment.”
Up next, Lynch is touring the US with her own cabaret show, See Jane Sing.
“It’s an hour of comedy, music and craziness and I’m enjoying the heck out of it,” she says. “I’d also love to do some more stage stuff . Retirement isn’t going to happen.”