Jane talks about running into Kathy Griffith and how she’s going to make a cameo appearance on Glee!
“I ran into Kathy at the airport [and] she said, ‘Give me [show co-creator] Ryan [Murphy’s] e-mail address – I want to thank him for giving me a spot on ‘Glee,’” Jane Lynch — who plays hard-as-nails cheerleading coach on the hit show — told Access’ Laura “Dish of Salt” Saltman of the future guest star, at the Independent Spirit Awards Gift Lounge in Santa Monica on Saturday. “I’m like, ‘You’re kidding!’ She’s playing one of the judges at regionals and I don’t want to give away what she’s playing but… it’s not at all who you’d think of.
“It’s a Tea Party candidate… she’s amazing,” Jane continued, excitedly. “She wears this very Sarah Palin outfit and she’s very righteous… She’s pretty amazing in it!”
While Kathy may be “amazing” in her cameo, will she be able to impersonate the former Vice Presidential candidate better than “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey?
“I don’t think anyone can out-Tina, Tina Fey in the Sarah Palin department,” Jane laughed. “But Kathy Griffin puts her stamp on her own Sarah Palin character, so it’s great.”
In addition to playing TV’s biggest bully on an award-winning series, Jane is in the process of penning a memoir in which she’ll open up about very personal battles from her past.
“I’m in the process of writing [my book] – it’s been announced and everything, so I guess I’ve got to get it done,” Jane told Laura. “My wife is helping me a lot. We’re sitting down and it’s just really been an amazing thing. We’re going through pictures and kind of seeing how I walked through life and hoping that it will help somebody else basically.”
“What will we learn about you that we don’t know?” Laura asked the actress.
“I’m an alcoholic,” Jane, who no longer drinks, said. “I’m a perfectionist. I’m a control freak. But, I have a lot of awareness around it these days because now I’m 50 years old and I’m supposed to have awareness. So hopefully I have a story to tell to the fellow control freaks out there!”
For Jane, hitting the five-decade mark has been sheer joy – bringing with it wisdom, love, a dream job — and she’s having “the time of her life.”
“I’m a mother — I have a 9-year-old child that [I] just inherited and an 11-year-old I just inherited and [I am in] this wonderful marriage to this wonderful woman,” Jane told Laura of her June 2010 marriage to psychologist Lara Embry.
“I’m on the show of a lifetime, in the role of a lifetime, working with people I adore,” she raved. “And yeah, I wake up every day going, ‘REALLY?!’”
Jane previously worked with Charlie Sheen for six years (playing his therapist on “Two and a Half Men”), but said she doesn’t have any advice for the embattled actor because everyone has to “find their own way.”
“It’s sad. I really don’t even know what to say about it,” Jane told Laura of CBS’ decision to cancel the remainder of the current season of “…Men.” “I feel really bad. I feel bad for everybody.”