Lynch: “Glee’s” Sue is a “Mother”!
By Chickbabe Extraordinaire Lynn Barker
You might have already heard that “love-2-hate-her”
coach Sue on TV’s “Glee” is going to have a
baby! We’re not just talking about that. Wonderful actress
Jane Lynch (my fave…hilarious in Best in Show) also plays
a kindly Mother Superior and head of an orphanage in peril in
the slapstick, comic PG-rated, romp movie The Three Stooges.
Re-make trio Curly (Will Sasso), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Moe (Chris
Diamantopolous) later known as the bumbling but kind-hearted stooges,
are dropped off at the orphanage as babies and stay there into
adulthood until they have to face the outside world when the future
of their safe haven is threatened.
Surly "Sue" as a nun huh? Cool. We chatted on the cell
about her new gig...
LYNN: Was it fun to play a character that is so opposite from
JANE: It was great. It was great to be the central force…
well, not the center. Of course I see myself as being the center
of everything [she laughs] but to be the person who actually cares
about the boys (the stooges). It was really a nice to just be
and to let everybody else have their wackiness. It was all scripted
and she didn’t have any snarky things to say.
LYNN: I understand you shot in Atlanta in the summer in a traditional
nun’s habit. What were you thinking? Did you really pull
that skirt up and flap it for some air?
JANE: [laughs] Yeah. It was about a hundred degrees or at least
in the 90’s. We were at this dusty old building in the middle
of nowhere with this dusty road led up to it. Mostly the crew
suffered but the poor guys playing the stooges in their wool jackets
running around had people assigned to them just to wipe the sweat
off. We kind of knew that would be the deal working in Atlanta
in the summer.
LYNN: Were you familiar with the original short Three Stooges’
movies so hot in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s?
JANE: Yes. I saw them on T.V. as a kid. I loved them. It introduced
me to pratfalls and slapstick and physical comedy. Any chance
I get now to run into a wall, I always take it!
LYNN: Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson also plays a nun. How was
working with her? Did she break into song on set?
JANE: No. She’s not one to do that. She’s just lovely
and very sweet and she sang “This Little Light of Mine”
with the Stooges and I thought that was just beautiful. She’s
very giving and wonderful.
LYNN: I don’t think you went to Catholic school so what
was your basis for your Mother Superior character?
JANE: Well, as soon as I put on the habit and the cowl and the
wimple, I felt like the Mother Superior in The Sound of Music
(played by Peggy Wood) which is one of my favorite movies so I
kind of went from that. All good things flowed from that. I started
to move like her and she sang “Climb Every Mountain”
so I kind of fancied myself a version of her without busting into
LYNN: You are a comedy pro so did Sean, Will and Chris (Stooges
actors) ever manage to crack you up on camera?
Not so much while the camera was on me or them but they made me
laugh internally a lot. I was in awe of their mastery. They were
so good and Larry David (playing a female Sister Mary Mengele…love
the name!) as well. He was just fearless.
LYNN: The Hunger Games is partially about a reality TV show in
which kids kill each other and there are new reality shows popping
up all the time. In “Stooges”, a reality show kind
of saves the orphanage. How does JANE really feel about reality
JANE: There are so many cable channels now and it’s much
easier to throw some contrived real life up there than to actually
try to script content. I don’t lose sleep over it. I think
there’s more of a demand now. I like shows like the one
on the Food Channel where they take over a restaurant and the
one on HGTV where they make a house better. Those are constructive,
not the worst sides of people.
LYNN: Agreed. What can we expect from Sue starting April 10th
on the new “Glee” season? She’s pregnant or
is she just faking that?
JANE: Oh no. She’s pregnant. We will find out who the daddy
is. I don’t know yet and I don’t think the writers
even know yet. I think there are a few possibilities.
LYNN: Do the fans have to worry that Sue will be softer now or
will she keep the zingers coming?
JANE: What I’m finding out is that even if she gets a little
softer, she’s still launching arrows and zingers. She’s
not changing her stripes completely. I’ve always said that
if you are an enemy of Sue Sylvester, there is no worse enemy
but if she’s your advocate, you have no better advocate.
It’s really fun. I’m getting to do some great things.
LYNN: Any more plans to voice animated characters (She did Rio
and Shrek Forever After)?
JANE: Yes! I’m doing a Pixar film right now called Wreck
It Ralph. It’s a videogame world and I play a sergeant (Calhoun)
in an army game. I’ve always loved doing voice over work.
I did it for many years to make my living before I started getting
acting work. I love doing animation.
LYNN: Would you want to host another awards show? (She hosted
JANE: It was very stressful. So now, I’ve done one and I
can just say that I’ve done one (laughs).
LYNN: What’s next for you in addition to Wreck it Ralph
JANE: I just flew in today from Atlanta where I did a (comedy)
movie called Adult Children of Divorce or ACOD with Adam Scott
and Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara (and Jessica Alba,
Amy Poehlar). I play an academic psychologist who wrote a book
on children of divorce and Adam’s character was profiled
in it in his childhood and he comes back to me to try to put the
pieces of his childhood together.
LYNN: At the end, they have guys playing the Farrelly brothers
(the movie’s directors) show us fake prop hammers and mallets
and say basically “don’t do this at home”. (Hit
each other like the Stooges do).
JANE: Yes! That was very funny and a good idea not to do that!