Curly Sue

DEB­BIE SCHIPP dis­cov­ers why Jane Lynch re­mains as Glee­ful as ever

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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.”

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