A Minute With: Jane Lynch on her "Glee"-filled year

Thu Jul 8, 2010 12:38pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's been a 'Glee'-filled year for character actress Jane Lynch who, after two decades of guest TV and movie roles, became the scene stealer of TV musical comedy "Glee", married her girlfriend, and started filling her shelves with awards.

Lynch, 50, who plays acid, scheming cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester in "Glee", was nominated on Thursday for U.S. television's top honor, an Emmy, for her role as Sylvester. Also, she is receiving an achievement award this week from the Outfest film festival in Los Angeles.

In a recent interview that took place before her Emmy nomination, Lynch talked with Reuters about her newfound fame, what an Emmy would mean to her, and getting the Outfest award from the gay and lesbian event, which starts on Thursday.

Q: Outfest organizers say your varied career and move onto mainstream TV mirrors the growth of Outfest over the last 28 years as the biggest U.S. gay and lesbian film festival. What does getting the award mean for you?

A: "I have been going to Outfest for years and I know people who have gotten the award in the past, so I feel I am in very good company. I never pick something because it's gay or straight. It's all about fun things -- who I get to work with. One of the great things about the short films I have done for Outfest is the great can-do spirit."

Q: You and "Glee" are expected to be high on the list of potential Emmy award winners. What would an Emmy mean for you?

A: "It would be affirmation from my peers, and it would be a wonderful thing for the show. We really feel like we have something very special."

Q: Has your sexuality ever been an issue in getting roles as an actress?   Continued...

<p>Cast member Jane Lynch attends a party to celebrate the premiere of the second season of the television series "Glee" in Los Angeles April 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>