'Glee's' Jane Lynch on her Emmy nomination and 'I Do & I Don't' butt slapping
It's a tight race for the comedy supporting actress category this year, although Lynch's portrayal of the bitingly sarcastic yet occasionally tender high school cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester is already so iconic, she's been immortalized in wax.
Lynch is up against "Saturday Night Live's" Kristen Wiig, "30 Rock's" Jane Krakowski, Holland Taylor of "Two and a Half Men" and the double whammy of Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara, both from "Modern Family."
"I'm thrilled that I'm in some lovely company," she tells Zap2it in a phone interview. "I'm not thinking about it at all like, 'Oh, will I win?'"
In fact, Lynch hadn't really expected a nomination and tried to sleep through the early morning announcements in July.
"I did not wake up to watch it. Then I got a phone call at 5:30 a.m. from my agent," she says. "Not happy about that."
Fans of Lynch may already have enjoyed her pre-"Glee" comedic stylings in Judd Apatow's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and the Christopher Guest films like "Best in Show." There's another lesser known but more recent comedic film role that Lynch wants to call attention to though.
"I Do & I Don't," recently released on DVD, features Lynch as Nora Stelmack, the coctail-drinking, randy wife of Dick (Matt Servitto). It would be kind to call the Stelmacks eccentric, although erratic, over-familiar and borderline creepy would be more apt descriptions.
Oddly enough the Stelmacks are called in to give pre-marital counseling to Cheryl and Bob (Alexie Gilmore, Bryan Callen), a soon-to-be bride and groom, but problems arise when Nora sets her sights on Bob and catches him alone:
"My ass did get a good slapping," Lynch recalls. "I think I definitely had a red mark. He gave it to me good."
Despite Nora's roving eye (and hands), Lynch believes that the character's not completely unsympathetic. Nora and Dick's marriage is rocky and their dysfunctional behavior gets out of hand during the course of the film, but in the end, the screwball comedy isn't altogether jaded about love.
"Nora really cares about [her husband]. He really cares about her," she says. "So they've got something there. They go off the crazy end for a while and then they come back to each other."
Playing a big character like Nora was good practice for portraying Sue Sylvester, who Lynch feels is more controlled in her wackiness.
"I think definitely Nora's alcoholism is so unpredictable," she observes. "She's so deluded and living in her own world, while Sue Sylvester has a little hold on reality."
We'll see if how Sue "C's" it appeals to the Academy voters when the Emmy Awards air Sunday, Aug. 29 on NBC. In the meantime, Lynch has been enjoying her time back at work on the second season of "Glee" (which premieres Sept. 21) and hasn't worried too much about preparing an acceptance speech.
"Ha ha, no I don't have one," she admits. "Who knows? Maybe when the time gets closer I'll have something."
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