Best known for her role as the ruthless coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, it’s not that much of a stretch for Jane Lynch to voice the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun in Disney’s animated movie Wreck-It-Ralph.
Set in a game arcade, Ralph (John C Reilly) is tired of being the bad-guy in his game and goes on a search to win a hero’s medal. What better game for him to invade than Hero’s Duty, where he encounters Sergeant Calhoun?
I spoke with Jane about her new venture into animation, and this season on Glee, at the press day for the movie.
It was like they wrote this character in Wreck-It-Ralph for you.
Yes, it did feel that way. And when I went into the first session I thought, ‘Do they want me to do a voice or am I here because of what I do?’ And indeed, I was there because of what I do, so it made it very easy.
I was able to figure out it was you just by looking at her face.
Thank you, they did a great job. That’s high praise too, because she’s hot. I think that’s the genius of what these guys and gals do.
They videotape us when we’re doing the sessions, we saw renderings all along of what our character looked like, and finally by the end of it they looked like us. Our lines in the script started to sound like us.
It was a pretty organic, amazing process.
Have you seen your action figure?
I love it. She’s just so hot and she’ll live forever looking like that. I came home with it and it says ‘1 of 1000 – Limited Edition.’
So I’m going to sign that sucker and it’s going on Ebay and I’m going to pay for the garage I’m building! (she laughs)
There are a lot of changes on Glee this year. New people, new places. Do you get the feeling it’s turning into two shows?
It has in a way because we go to New York, as we’re following Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer).
Now everybody’s broken up. That’s good, so we can open up the opportunity for them to fall in love with somebody else and also heal their wounds.
I think it’s going beautifully.
Sue’s been kind of absent in the show.
Yeah, there are so many people in the cast now. We have the new cast members and we have our old cast members who are back.
So everybody’s getting a little less, because they’re trying to lay the pipe for the new people and tie up the storylines and establish the storylines in New York.
Are you pushing for more musical numbers for Sue to sing?
I don’t push for anything. And it’s kind of an unpushable situation. Ryan (Murphy, the show’s creator) has very clear ideas.
He’s got it in his head how he wants things to go.
I seem to get one really good number a season, so I hopefully will get one this season.
With so many other shows, is Ryan even around Glee much anymore?
Not as much. But his fingerprints are all over it. We don’t see him much. But he chooses all the music and he’s still in charge of the arc.
Everything has to go by him. He’s still in the studio.
His show The New Normal is great, and Asylum is so good. If you like scary, it is nonstop. Jessica Lange is amazing. He’s a busy guy.
Jane was asked what it was like working with John C Reilly on the movie. Click below for her reply.
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