Jane Lynch’s memoir will make us laugh and cry


Does Jane Lynch inspire you? She hopes to with her upcoming memoir, Happy Accidents. The out actress talked with The New York Times about writing the book, and how it won’t be all about her success as a comedic actress. It will also cover her struggles to make it in the business “while addressing how she learned to her embrace her homosexuality and overcame alcoholism.”

“There’s just so much I think I could encapsulate in one phrase: don’t suffer,” Lynch told The Times. “You’re going to be unsure, you’re not going to have confidence, you’re going to feel like the parade is passing you by. And you can feel all of that, but the mental component of suffering doesn’t have to be there. And if I could go back in time, that’s what I would love to tell myself. You don’t have to sweat it.”

Happy Accidents will be published by Voice, Hyperion Books’ imprint for female authors, in September, and will also touch on Lynch’s early years at Second City and in films like Best in Show and The 40-Year-old Virgin. But there will definitely be something in it for Glee fans as well, including tidbits about how her character is deeply ingrained in her.

Sue Sylvester didn’t come out of a vacuum. She’s someone that lives very deeply in me. I kind of liked that shaming, vengeful energy during different periods of my life. I was in therapy and I was complaining about somebody not following the rules, and my therapist basically started laughing at me and said, you must write a monologue about this, because it’s hilarious stuff.

Lynch was also the subject of a recent Elle profile, in which she shared with the reporter how she’d dealt with an ill-equipped Rolling Stone writer recently by asking them, “Why do you ask such stupid questions?” But she must have thought Elle‘s line of questioning was OK, because the interview was a fun read. A few excerpts:

On co-star Matthew Morrison:

I want to be him, ’cause he’s sexy.

On how she has never turned down a job, prior to Glee:

I worked for free a lot. I did stuff I thought was stupid. Even for free I did things I thought were stupid. I’d do things to help a friend out. One would say, “I’m going to do a short and you’re going to play the boss.” And I’d be rolling my eyes, knowing how disorganized it was going to be and that I’d have to bring my own clothes. But it was always, “Okay, I’ll do it.”

On being a star at 50 vs. when she was first starting out:

Oh, I wanted to be adored, fawned upon. I ­wanted people to scream for me like I remember screaming for the Monkees when I saw them in a mall. But my insecurities were heavy even then. I was dying to shine, but afraid to. … [But] it would have been awful, I would have been a terrible alcoholic. I would have been very swayed by the public’s opinion of me. I would have suffered over slights. I would have been seeking revenge. I would have trusted the wrong people. I probably would have had that stereotypical fall.

But now she’s the It Girl, even at age 50. She shares the cover of The Hollywood Reporter magazine this month with her co-stars, and shares some tidbits from behind-the-scenes of the show for the story, “The Business of Glee.” She’s also the cover subject of the upcoming book The L Life, coming out next month.

Thankfully for us, Jane never says no — which means we get her on TV, film and books and magazines. Viva la Lynch!

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