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“I can’t say I even put that much thought into what I should do next [after Glee]. All I know is I read Angels From Hell and I went, ‘Oh my gosh’.
I laughed and I could see myself playing this character [guardian angel Amy]. I loved the character, so I called [my agent] and said, ‘Let’s get cracking on getting this part for me’. I was in right away.
I think we have all done guardian angel acts and been the recipient of guardian angels acts. I have a sense there are energies around us that are there if we need help.
I’ve been using the example of actor Jamie Foxx pulling a man out of a burning car last month. That’s a pretty guardian angel act. I don’t think he’d think of himself as a guardian angel, but he went above and beyond what most people would do. And I think that is all around us.
I have three good friends and I’d say we are guardian angels for each other. We’ve been friends for decades because we truly love each other and that bond has gotten deeper and deeper.
I’m active on Twitter and I have a bunch of followers. A lot of them are young boys and girls – I’d say from 12 to 35, doesn’t that make me sound old. [They] see me as their kind of unconditionally loving aunt. They tweet me as Aunt Jane and I love that.
Playing Sue Sylvester [on Glee], even though she was mean, ironically it made kids want more of her. I think they sensed deep down she would protect them and have their back.
There is this world around us that tells us we’re supposed to be a certain way, that we have to think certain things. We’re supposed to be a certain height, a certain weight, we’re supposed to have a certain amount of friends, a certain kind of relationship.
There are all these ‘shoulds’ that, through my growth into maturity, I now know I don’t need. I wish I could have told myself that when I thought I was just wrong. That I wasn’t normal because I didn’t have any of those things, or didn’t even want some of those things, and I felt bad because I didn’t want them. I would hope I could convince myself, ‘You don’t have to need or want those things – you’re fine’.
I questioned my own rightness a lot. And I had many reasons to question it because what society tells you that you should be, a lot of the times I wasn’t.
So it’s almost like you have people who come from that side of it, and come into the light … just that journey is very helpful for others to watch and see that it can happen to them, too.”