Jane Lynch likes the look of her animated self
By CINDY PEARLMAN October 25, 2012 8:14PM
"WRECK-IT RALPH" (Pictured) SERGEANT CALHOUN (voice of Jane Lynch) in the video game world of Hero's Duty. ©2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:21AM
Jane Lynch, Dolton native, is getting all girly on us.
As she recalls the first time she saw her ultra-curvy, Barbie-figure, perfectly blonde, cartoon alter ego in “Wreck-It Ralph” and she sighs. “I was at a screening with my wife and I said, ‘I got the best body on the big screen,’ ” Lynch says.
“My hair was awesome. My body was perfect. I kept nudging my wife and saying, ‘Look, how good I look!’ She finally whispered, ‘Honey, it’s animation. That’s why you look so good!’ ”
In “Wreck-It Ralph” (opening Friday), she plays the kick-butt Sgt. Calhoun, who not only helps reformed video game villain Ralph (John C. Reilly) escape his game, but also falls in love with him.
1 First, settle a Chicago question: Cubs or Sox?
I’m from the South Side, but I’m Cubs all the way, baby! Go Cubbies!
2 Do you ever get back to Dolton?
Wow, I haven’t been back to Dolton in probably 25 or 30 years. I do get back to Chicago to see my mom or my sister in LaGrange. I love to go to the city of Chicago. I used to stay at the Ambassador East and I always have to go shopping at 900 N. Michigan. I go to Table Fifty-Two and take a nice, long walk on the lake.
3 You’re tough but tender in “Wreck-It Ralph.” What was the appeal?
I just thought the story was really touching. You have Ralph, who is stuck in a video game as the bad guy. He wants out. They use this as a metaphor for doing your job but being so frustrated in that job that you know you need to make a change. For Ralph, this comes at great peril. He can get killed if he goes into another game and never come back to life. Yet, he has courage. He’s a guy who steps out and tries to find something new and amazing in his life. In the end, he wants to do his job again, but he appreciates it. He finds his pride.
4 Isn’t it true your character was originally a guy?
I heard the part was originally written for a man. I’ve had that happen a lot where the part was for a guy and then they redo it for me. That’s how I roll in this business!
5 Now that the kids are off in college and New York in “Glee,” how do you think this season is shaping up for your character Sue?
When we come back in November, you’ll see Sue going back to being the heavy. There’s also a problem with Sue that has her a bit weepy. I am working with a baby who really does have Down syndrome. I’ve held her for one scene and she’s adorable. She’s this little tiny newborn and so lovely. ... Sue goes in and out of being a little bit softer. She’s going to get pretty tough in upcoming episodes, and frankly I love the tough Sue.
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