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2013 - Issue 8 - December

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Not-So-Plain With an Emmy for Glee, a hosting gig on hit TV show Hollywood Game Night, and a shiny new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dolton native Jane Lynch has cemented her status as one of the most reliably funny women working in Hollywood today. BY J.P. ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN BOWEN SMITH J ane Lynch is so famous for playing mean—from her career-making turn as hilariously villainous cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee to a recent stint in Annie on Broadway as iconic baddie Miss Hannigan—that her graciousness in real life is almost alarming: During our conversation, she's unfailingly polite, charming, and easy with a laugh. It's no wonder Lynch is feeling chipper. In the past four years, she has skyrocketed from supporting roles in cult vehicles like Best in Show and The L Word to a Best Supporting Actress Emmy win for Glee in 2010 and a gig hosting the ceremony the following year. Long before Lynch became a household name, though, she was a staple of the Chicago theater scene, with memorable turns on many a Windy City stage. In an exclusive interview with Michigan Avenue, Lynch talks openly about her passion for Glee, her dedication to the LGBT community, and how growing up in Chicago made her the performer she is today. Congratulations on your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Jane Lynch: Thank you so much; it was an amazing day. How did you feel when you found out about it? JL: Completely numb at the time. I've had a year to get used to it now. But it all hit me when my brother and sister-in-law who live in Chicago [heard about it]. That was the minute when I was like, "Wow, this is happening." Whose star are you next to? MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 108-113_MA_FEAT_CS_Winter2014.indd 109 109 11/20/13 10:17 AM

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