The Genius of Jane Lynch
To this day, Lynch says she prefers big casts and small roles. "I never had any desire to be the only person," she says. "I don't like to be the star of something. I really liked working in a group."
Maybe this group mentality is what makes Lynch a perfect fit for Glee, which features an ensemble cast of young singers and one idealistic Spanish teacher, played by Broadway vet Matthew Morrison.
Every day, Lynch says she worships at the altar of the show's co-creators and writers, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, men who give her character some of the best lines in recent television history. "One of my favorite lines I got to say was, 'I'm going to go to my condo in Boca and brown up a bit,'" Lynch says.
On screen, Sue plots to destroy the New Directions glee club and its faculty adviser, Will Schuester. But in reality, Lynch says she relates more to the glee kids—or Gleeks—than to the popular cheerleaders (aka Cheerios) her character coaches.
"I identify very strongly, and this is going to be very telling, with Tina. Tina is played by Jenna Ushkowitz, and she's the quiet, stuttering Asian girl. She's quiet. She stands in the back, and when you hear her sing, you're like, 'Oh my gosh. Where did she come from? She has talent,'" Lynch says. "I was kind of that person. I was kind of in the background, and then, every once in awhile, I'd pop in and people would be like, 'Where did you come from?'"