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Jane Lynch's glee for edgy roles keeps her in demand
Although she's best known as silver-tongued killjoy Sue Sylvester, a scheming cheerleader coach with a propensity for track suits on Fox's "Glee," Jane Lynch's range as an actress runs wide and deep. Her roots with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Second City in Chicago set the stage for a series of scene-stealing parts in movies and television, beginning with her breakthrough film role as Christy Cummings, a butch dog trainer in Christopher Guest's "Best in Show." She has since starred in Guest's "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration," as well as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Role Models" and "Julie & Julia," alongside Meryl Streep. Her smallscreen work includes "The West Wing," "Arrested Development," "The L Word" and "Two and a Half Men," in which she played Charlie Sheen's shrink. Over the summer she earned raves as Miss Hannigan in the Broadway musical "Annie." Variety spoke with the actress, who's receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 4, about typecasting, theater training and awards season madness.
September 5, 2013