11 Reasons Why Jane Lynch Is The Awesomest

I adore Jane Lynch. If she’s involved in a movie or TV show, you know it’s not going to be that bad, because at the very least you’ll be watching a great actress with brilliant comedic timing. In the past 10 years, she’s had 114 roles, which is more than most actors could ask for in a lifetime. We all know her fantastic portrayal of Sue Sylvester, the evil cheerleading coach on “Glee,” who deadpan delivers brilliant lines like, “I’m all about empowerment. I empower my Cheerios to live in a state of constant fear by creating an environment of irrational, random terror.” But that’s certainly not the only reason to love her … we’ve got 11 more after the jump.

  1. At the Golden Globes last Sunday, she told reporters exactly what she had in her purse, “My invitation, a little bit of lipstick and … a tampon, to be perfectly honest. I’m feeling real lucky tonight, I’m menstruating, I’m in my lady power—and I am young enough to still be menstruating!”
  2. She’s guest-starred on nearly every TV show ever, including “The L Word,” “Veronica Mars,” “Boston Legal,” “Criminal Minds” and “Arrested Development,” and even though I believe “Two and a Half Men”‘s laugh-track is 300 percent too loud, she apparently killed her role as a therapist. She even admitted to relating to the character. “[She] jumps to conclusions too quickly. She listens, but she doesn’t hear, and sometimes I do that.” [After Ellen]
  3. She actually cares about the writing when reading scripts. “Very rarely have I come across a character—and I’ve played some doozies—where I say ‘I don’t know where this person lives.’ Usually that’s when the writer doesn’t know, either,” she said. “I just turned down this role, actually, in a made-for-television movie because the writing wasn’t clear enough, and they really didn’t tap into something that lives in a human being … I looked at it and said ‘Okay, what do I use here?’ and there was nothing I could hook into. In that case, you just have to say no. Maybe someone else will find something, but I think it was just bad writing.” [After Ellen]
  4. Jane is a lesbian, but took a long time to realize it. “I didn’t know what ‘gay’ was in high school. We used the word ‘queer’ when someone was weird,” she said. “When I finally heard what it really meant, my heart sank, and I thought, ‘Oh God, that’s me.’” But she is totally open and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. “If I were an ingénue—if I were Kate Winslet—it probably would hurt my career, but because I’m Jane Lynch and I’m a character actor, the world isn’t projecting their romantic fantasies on me.” [Guardian]
  5. She speaks up for gay rights and doesn’t think Obama’s putting in the effort. She’s said, “Shouldn’t there be safeguards against the majority voting on the rights of a minority? If people voted on civil rights in the ’60s, it would have never happened. It took somebody like [President] Lyndon Johnson going, ‘F all of you! I’m going to do this.’ Obama won’t do it. He’s a huge disappointment to me.” [TowleRoad]
  6. She got to sexually harass an innocent little Steve Carell as the lecherous supervisor in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which probably made you feel kinda dirty inside. Not only was the role originally written for a male, but Lynch improvised the sexualizing of Steve. “I’ve known Steve for a long time—we’ve worked together before—so we kind of improvised kind of well together. In the audition, I took it to the place where I came on to him and offered myself to him as his very first … sexual experience, let’s call it. So we decided to keep that in the film.”
  7. I watched the entire “Another Cinderella Story” starring Selena Gomez this weekend only because Jane Lynch was in it, and she did not disappoint. She plays the middle-aged pop star stepmother who has two songs, “Baby Got Bacne” (amazing) and “Hold 4 You.” She wears ridiculous Disney princess gowns and offers that unapologetically mean-spirited persona she is so good at playing.
  8. Jane actually totally fit the role as Julia Child’s sister in “Julie & Julia.” Her standing next to Meryl Streep as they got ready to go out was one of the best scenes in the movie and Jane’s substantial 6-foot height rubbed off on Streep, who is also awesome but was only pretending to be larger than life.
  9. Christopher Guest discovered Jane in a Frosted Flakes commercial and immediately cast her in his next three films. Lynch played a butch lesbian dog handler in the mockumentary “Best in Show,” alongside Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler’s mom), a porn star who became a folk singer in “A Mighty Wind,” and a tabloid journalist in “For Your Consideration.” Basically, Christopher and Jane are a movie match made in heaven and prove that perseverance and talent actually do help sometimes.
  10. I don’t know if anyone besides me watched the Starz show “Party Down” (which you can watch in its entirety online), but once I started, I had to watch all 10 episodes in a row. It follows a group of catering waiters who are all struggling actors and it’s depressingly authentic. Jane Lynch is hilarious. But, sadly, her commitment to “Glee” means she won’t be in the show’s next season.
  11. The movie “Role Models” would have totally sucked without Jane (her character was specifically written for her). One of her most memorable lines was, “You know what I used to eat for breakfast? Cocaine. You know what I used to eat for lunch? Cocaine. You need to know that I’m not here to service your hours, I’m here to service these young boys … I used to be addicted to pills. Now, I’m addicted to helping.”
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