Jane Lynch in Michigan Avenue December 2013: Sue Sylvester is a Warrior Goddess

Jane Lynch in Michigan Avenue December 2013: Sue Sylvester is a Warrior Goddess

In the midst of “Glee”s” fifth season, Jane Lynch graced the cover of Michgan Avenue magazine”s December 2013 issue.

During her interview with the publication, the 53-year-old actress discussed her devotion to animals and compared Sue Sylvester to Miss Hannigan of “Annie.”

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Highlights from Miss Lynch”s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Michigan Avenue!

On her character Sue Sylvester:
“My recognition factor has gone up in terms of the public, so my life has changed in that way, for good and sometimes annoying. But creativelyplaying the same character for nearly 100 episodes, Im still enjoying it. There are moments when Ill look at an episode and go, “Oh come on, cant I do something else other than destroy the Glee club” Then of course they always give me something just stellar and fun, and this season Im having the best time. Professionally, I dont think I would have been just handed the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway if I hadnt been cast as Sue SylvesterI dont think that would have happenedso I am deeply indebted, because that was the best experience of my life. Doing Miss Hannigan on Broadway and working with all those wonderful people and doing eight shows a week, it very much brought me back to why I do this and why I was bitten by the need to be on stage. Whatever inspired me back when I was a kid seeing that play at the local high school, that came alive again.”

On her role as Miss Hannigan in “Annie”:
“I guess I have to take responsibility for it. I cant sit here and say, “Well, I think people throw that at me,” and Im the victim of this wonderful typecasting. You know, I think I just do “put upon” well; I do victimized well, and I do entitled well, and I think its because Im fascinated with all three of those things. Of course they live in me, of course they do. But I find them hilarious and curious and a very satisfying step into the shoes. Whereas Miss Hannigan was kind of sloppy and drunk and frustrated and she just wanted out of there, Sue Sylvester is stealthy and looks at everything as an opportunity to wage war and win. Shes a warrior goddess.”

On her animal rights advocacy:
“I just love them. We domesticated these little babies, and its up to us to take care of them. We have to spay and neuter our pets and take responsibility for how and if they reproduce. I think the people out there saving animals off the streets and from abusive homes deserve all the support in the world. I support that work, but I could emotionally never do it. We do this thing with six shelters at the Rose Bowl around Halloween called Race for the Rescues. We do a walk or a run and somebody wins and everybody gets little prizes, but we take all of the animals and put them on a catwalkincluding catsand we parade them, basically, we whore them up and down the catwalk in costumes, and every single one of them gets adopted every year.”

On her thoughts on L.A.”s LGBT community:
“First of all, Hollywood is so gay and has been forevermaybe not so much in front of the camera, and most people just didnt know. It is much easier, but I think we still have a problem as an audiencewe havent come far enough to where we will accept an openly gay person in a straight love interest role, whereas they can happen on Broadway all the time. Thats the next thing around the corner. But yes, absolutely, I think it has [gotten easier], and its due to people who had the courage to stand up when nobody else was doing itpeople like Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, K.D. Lang standing up and saying, “Yes, this is who I am,” plus Rupert Everett, Ian McKellen, and the British male homosexuals.”