When Jane Lynch left the set of the musical series Glee, she took her wardrobe with her.
If you can call three track suits a wardrobe. Because nothing defined demented gym teacher Sue Sylvester like oversized Adidas athletic wear.
Arguably, that outfit should be up in the Smithsonian with Fonzie’s jacket and Farrah Fawcett’s bathing suit. That defining role earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Still, Lynch says she hasn’t had the urge to wear them since the series signed off last year.
“They’re sitting in my closet. But I’ve never been tempted to wear them. It’s part of the character, not me, so it would be really odd if I took them out to go grocery shopping, I think,” says Lynch in an interview at Toronto’s Hazelton Hotel.
While prepping for the final season of Glee was difficult, Lynch said she was emotionally prepared since the cast knew it would be their last season ahead of time.
“I didn’t work every day like the kids did, so I didn’t have the day to day contact. But we all went through something and I bet they went through a lot as it came to an end.”
Since Glee ended last March, Lynch, 55, has not been absent from the screen. She hosted the People’s Choice Awards and has been busy hosting celebrity game show Hollywood Game Night.
She is also starring in the new CBS sitcom Angel From Hell, which premieres Friday on Global.
The single-camera fantasy series follows a Sue Sylvester-type character called Amy (Lynch) who feels she is the guardian angel for dermatologist Alison Fuller (Maggie Lawson).
Much of the comedy centres on whether Lynch is crazy or whether she’s truly angelic.
“It was originally meant to be for two women of the same age and then my agent asked if I could see me doing it,” says Lynch. “Although when I originally started reading the lines it felt like it was written for Melissa McCarthy and I asked them, ‘Were you thinking of her?’ So, basically, it was my version of me doing Melissa McCarthy.”
The comedy is an Odd Couple-style pairing between someone who is “very freewheeling versus someone who is much more neurotic. It’s that play between someone who is very in control and buttoned-up meeting someone who isn’t.”
Still, Lynch says she isn’t sure herself if Amy is really an angel.
“I’m not really sure how it will play out. Is she a crazy person or an angel? Or maybe she’s just a crazy angel. We’ll have to see.”
CBS has not had much success lately producing single-camera comedies, so it’s banking on the Lynch vehicle to build a foundation for the network. The idea for the show came about because creator Tad Quill was a fan of Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.
“Shows like that have this sort of supernatural element,” Quill told television critics in Los Angeles. “And I thought, what would be sort of the updated version of a show like that? What would it be like, you know, if a guardian angel actually came into your life and said they were your guardian angel and, to boot, that person was drunk, possibly high, maybe smelled a little homeless?
“You would probably think that person was crazy, but there might be a small part of you that hoped it was true, because who wouldn’t want a guardian angel?”