A marvelous woman. A role model for anyone who wants to be strong, independent, fierce and brave.
Jane Lynch is known as a lot of things - comedian, lesbian, tracksuit aficionado - but right now, Jane just wants to be known as an author. Her memoir, Happy Accidents, will be in stores soon and she sat down with The Advocate to talk a bit about the book and what readers can expect to find inside its pages.
On what surprise are in the book:
I don’t know that I set out to surprise — I just told the story. I kind of carry myself with a confidence and a know-it-all-ness, so it might surprise people that there was actually a very scared child underneath the surface of that.
On coming out as gay or lesbian:
One of the things I say in the book is that everyone has their own journey and I wouldn’t condescend to tell anybody how to go about theirs except to say, “Trust your life and trust where you are right now.” Everybody’s going to have their own story, and we have to leave it up to them to decide how and when they’re going to come out. I would never give anybody advice that way. It’s so personal.
On her former costar, Charlie Sheen:
He’s one of the nicest guys and a true leader on that set. He’s going through his stuff now, but there’s a really solid, wonderful person in there, and I love him very much.
How her childhood helped her create Sue Sylvester:
Oh, absolutely. I know where that bitchiness comes from. Sue is a warrior, but she is defending a very tender part of herself, and it’s manifesting in that sister of hers with Down syndrome, who she’s been taking care of and protecting from the cruelties of the world all of her life. I think that was a brilliant, brilliant story point that they gave me.
If motherhood has changed her:
It’s so funny, my instincts are, Well, I’m maternal in that I’m very empathetic, but children I never got or understood. I’ve always been more of a dog person. So yes, motherhood has changed me. I have this little girl, Haden, who lives with us. She’s 9 years old, and she’s witty and sardonic and has a huge heart. She’s a peacemaker and one of the wisest beings. Sometimes I feel like she’s taking care of me.
Sounds like an inspiring and comical read. We're going to make sure we get a copy!
Here's hoping a lot of success with it, Jane! You most certainly deserve it!!!