“Making people laugh is a really fabulous thing because it means you’re getting deep inside somebody, into their psyche . . . “

Jane Lynch from “Glee” in a great interview with the Guardian. She talks about being a gay teenager in the south side of Chicago, being struggling actor, and what she thinks about Obama’s, uh, work on LGBT rights:

Socialising on the fringe, she never made enough of an impression to warrant mockery, she says. It wasn’t until later in life that she discovered she was gay, so she missed out on the taunting experienced by the gay character on Glee. “I didn’t know what ‘gay’ was in high school,” she says. “We used the word ‘queer’ when someone was weird – when I finally heard what it really meant, my heart sank, and I thought, ‘Oh God, that’s me.’ ”

. . . . Lynch herself barely thinks about being an openly gay actor in Hollywood. “I think if I were an ingénue – if I were Kate Winslet – it probably would hurt my career, but because I’m Jane Lynch and I’m a character actor, the world isn’t projecting their romantic fantasies on me.”

“Shouldn’t there be safeguards against the majority voting on the rights of a minority?” Lynch wonders. “If people voted on civil rights in the 60s, it would have never happened. It took somebody like [President] Lyndon Johnson going, ‘F all of you! I’m going to do this.’” She pauses for a moment, then says, “Obama won’t do it. He’s a huge disappointment to me.”

You know you’ve done something wrong when Jane Lynch ain’t feeling you.

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