Julie & Julia opens today, which means we’ve officially reached the peek of The Summer of Jane Lynch. It started with Party Down on Starz, rallied with the Glee pilot on Fox, coasted along with Lynch’s guest appearance on Reno 911 and voice work on Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and is hitting the big screen this weekend with Julia & Julia, and then again in two weeks with Post-Grad.
One of the best things about The Summer of Jane Lynch is all the publicity she’s been doing. She spoke to The Daily Beast about starring opposite Meryl Streep as Julia Child‘s older sister, Dorothy:
Nora Ephron and I had lunch in New York and she asked me if I wanted to play Meryl Streep’s sister. And I took about a second and I decided, yes, I would. I think I was the tallest actress she knew. So she said, “You’ll get a free trip to Paris out of it.” And then she found locations for us to shoot that were better in New York, so I didn’t get to go to Paris at all.
When interviewing with the L.A. Times about her role oppositeStreep, they asked what was on Lynch’s bedside table:
A book called the Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class. I can fool people that I was educated. “I was schooled in England.” It’s 365 lessons. The first day is philosophy, then science. You can learn about Plato, then Cain and Abel, the Venusde Milo.
LAT: Weren’t you actually educated in Illinois?
Lynch: We didn’t learn this crap in Illinois. I’m trying to round out my education.
In Lynch’s next film, Post-Grad, she plays Alex Bledel’s mom, which means, of course, that Alexis Bledel has had the best TV/movie moms in the history of the world.
After Post-Grad, the Summer of Jane Lynch will draw to an official close, but not to worry: She’s back with Glee in September, and she spent much of last week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour talking up her role as sadistic cheer coach Sue Sylvester:
Sue must be the most scheming, arrogant and self-indulgent character that [I’ve] ever played!
The words that come out of my mouth are some of the most heinous things I’ve ever gotten to say!
I would like to sing “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy.
It feels like we’ve seen Jane Lynch in every kind of role imaginable, but there are still plenty more for her to tackle. How about Jane Lynch in space? Jane Lynch in Tolkien-verse? Jane Lynch as a kick-ass action hero? Jane Lynch in a Will & Grace-style comedy where the she plays a lesbian and Wanda Sykes plays her next-door-neighbor?
For now the Summer of Jane Lynch has been enough. Plus, we can finally draw a logical conclusion about her omnipresence: Jane Lynch is God.
Have you enjoyed the Summer of Jane Lynch? What roles would you like to see her take on in the future?