Who knew that playing a rough and tough character could be beneficial for your mental health?
While most people associate therapy with spending endless hours on a therapist’s couch, Jane Lynch isn’t one of them. No, her idea of self-counseling is putting on a track suit and playing hard-assed cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee.
“I always say when I put on that track suit I have a license to say anything I want,” she told reporters during a conference call Jan. 7, referencing her character’s signature style. “I think it’s probably very good therapy because I’m a much nicer person at home because I get it all out at work.”
Her alter ego’s “contemptuousness and heinous behavior” may be “just very shallowly below the surface,” but Jane, 49, cherishes the concept that she can be so nasty on screen, since it’s nothing like who she really is. Or is it?
“I don’t have to dig deep for it,” she revealed, before reassuring everyone that “it’s great I can do it there on set and then I don’t have to do it at home.”
Phew! Thank goodness Jane isn’t a method actor. We wouldn’t want to live under the same roof as Sue or another of her like-minded characters, high school teacher Ms. Eck, who we’ll see on The Cleveland Show‘s Jan. 10 episode!
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