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Jane Lynch: Scene Stealer

Jane Lynch: Scene Stealer– The actress dishes on ”Role Models,” improvisation, and her next role

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WHY HER
In Role Models, Lynch keeps Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott under control as Sweeny, the ex-con/ex-druggie founder of the Sturdy Wings mentorship program. Her deadpan delivery of some of the movie’s bluest lines generates big laughs.

HOW SHE DID IT
Lynch and her costars improvised on set, and because the movie was R-rated, ”you could go nuts with it,” Lynch says. ”It’s easy to go to the gross, crude place. I don’t walk through life being blue, but people seem to get a kick out of a confident woman behaving like a foulmouthed man.”

WHY SHE LOOKS FAMILIAR
She played Steve Carell’s lascivious store manager in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, but she broke out by accident in 2000 after Christopher Guest ran into her at an L.A. restaurant while he was casting Best in Show. ”I had met him on a Frosted Flakes commercial a year before, and when we stumbled into each other, he said, ‘Nice to see you, I forgot about you!”’ Lynch explains. ”Thank God I went to that restaurant that day.”

WHAT’S NEXT
In the comedy Julie & Julia, due next year, she plays Meryl Streep’s sister. ”I had a voice and a wig [to hide behind],” Lynch says. ”It was nice to see if I could reach a little deeper than usual, and I feel pretty okay about it.”