Jane Lynch Talks Sunday's 'Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle': 'It's 'Glee' on Steroids!'
Jane Lynch Talks Sunday's 'Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle': 'It's 'Glee' on Steroids!'
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Unless you've been living inside a human-sized cannon for the last several months (I'd like to hear the story if you have!) you know that Glee is following up this Sunday's big game with a "super"-sized episode of their own, "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle."

Yesterday the actress who plays everyone's favorite cheer-coach villain, Jane Lynch, spoke with reporters about the game day extravaganza, Sue's role in the excitement, and what else awaits Glee fans this spring:

On Sue's "meaner than usual"-ness in Sunday's episode, "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle":

"We're kind of doing an episode of Glee that is on steroids and writ large. Sue Sylvester is a little bored with her routine, even though she has kids riding around on BMX bikes and jumping through fire. And this one routine with Katy Perry's "California Gurls," she wants to top herself, so she finds out there's a human cannon in town, she buys it and wants to shoot Britney out of it. The school doesn't allow it, and she has a hissy fit. She has two hissy fits where she just rips two rooms apart. So it was definitely Sue Sylvester on the war path."

On how Glee and the Super Bowl can come together and work together on Sunday:

"I think it's wonderful that the Super Bowl, football is very masculine and basically, to me, anyway, a metaphor for war. You've got your air game and your ground game. And then you've got these "light in your loafers" guys, and I'm talking about even the straight guys singing and dancing. I think it's a terrific world we live in and I love seeing these two things come together."

On the production of the Super Bowl episode:

"This is a big episode. It's kind of like the Madonna episode. It's like the episode we shot for four months, like it drags on that long. I think we started actually after the holidays, but we needed to pick up a couple of reaction shots, just really quick reaction shots during the Thriller song and they were really quick and fast, and then everybody had to get back into everything. You know, the zombie makeup, etc. So it was a big deal for two shots."

On how she feels about "special" episodes versus more "run-of-the-mill" Glee episodes:

"I look forward to getting the script all the time and these shows, where we're doing Britney or Madonna or Super Bowl where it's special, they're very fun as well and there's always a lot of anticipation. I know they have a lot of production meetings for certain songs and certain episodes are heavier than others in terms of preproduction, but I like them all. I really don't feel like we have a run, maybe we've had two run-of-the-mill that were like, ah, but I can't even think of what they were. And you know what? I wouldn't tell you."

What surprises her when she reads Sue's scripts:

"Well, of course the addition of my sister, having a sister with Down's Syndrome took me completely by surprise. Carol Burnett coming on as my Nazi hunter mother took me by surprise and I was also very surprised when I said my mother was a famous Nazi hunter that that was true. It turns out that there's so many things that I've said that I'm like, yeah, sure, I smoked out Noriega with Special Forces. And I'm sure we'll do an episode where maybe an old war buddy of mine comes back and indeed that was true, too."

Will Sue find love in Tuesday's Valentine's Day episode? Who was her first love?

"I am not in that next episode, so I will be finding no love. I'm on the bench, to use a football metaphor, for that next Valentine's episode. My first love, like you mean in my head or actual? My first love in my head, believe it or not, was Ron Howard.

Does he know about that?

"I don't know. He will soon. I'm writing a book."

What's coming up for Sue and Glee in the rest of season 2?

"Let's see, we've done a couple more after the Super Bowl episode. Sue has a devastating summer, suffers a devastating loss with her ...after the Super Bowl episode and she becomes very, very depressed and she becomes kind of dangerously depressed, where she's more violent than usual. They get her to join the Glee Club to lift her spirits and they find that raising her voice in song kind of lifts her and she gets out of her depression. So I'm actually in the Glee Club for a while."

Does she find that the show sometimes gets too far-fetched?

"Every script I read I go, "You've got to be kidding." And that's why I'm glad I'm not writing the show. It always goes too far. It's always ridiculous. Some of the things that I do, look at how mean I get and how everybody lets me get away with it, it's all ridiculous and I love it, and I'm glad I'm not writing it. Because I would have made it more realistic and I would have given her kind of altruistic motivations. It's a good thing I'm not writing television. Let's just put it that way."

Her favorite character (besides Sue):

"I'm loving Coach Bieste. I love how big her heart is and I love how selfless she is and heroic."

Sue goes back and forth between trying to destroy the glee club and trying to improve it through tough love. Will these two natures ever come to a head? Will one side ever win out?

"No, I don't think that will ever happen. The thing I keep coming back to Sue that motivates all these different ways she goes after them is that she just wants an enemy. She's looking for the next fight. And sometimes it's that fight to get these people to stand up for themselves instead of being so weak and wussy. And other times it's, yes, to destroy them because they threaten her spotlight in the Cheerios that she works so hard to make a world-class cheerleading squad and she doesn't want anything in their light. But I think she's always looking for a formidable enemy. I think she also has a fondness for Will and for who he is and how he's genuinely just a good person. In moments she hates him for it and other moments she has great admiration for him."

On how she hopes Glee and her role on the series in particular can influence young women: 

"I hope they see what's possible for them, that they don't have to play a stereotype. And what is Sue if not a stereotype, but basically, maybe we all are. We all start that way, and we hope to humanize them. I hope they'll see you don't have to be anything anybody tells you that you have to be."

On the message within her forthcoming memoir, and what she's learned in life over the years:

"I grew up basically with everything handed to me. Not my career. I worked for that, but I had a really good family, I was brought up with a lot of love, but still I chose time after time after time to suffer over so much. And that mental component of suffering is the thing I think, if I can look back on my life, is a choice. And to this day I still would choose maybe the angst over something when I really don't have to. I know it sounds new-agy and granola-y, but it's truly what I've come up with that you really need to trust that you're on your own path, and as long as you stay true to it and you show up; showing up is 90% of it."

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