Jane Lynch left Sue Sylvester's wardrobe of tracksuits back on the 'Glee' set and instead dons a leopard print robe while surrounded by male models for her spread in the November issue of More magazine, where she sounds off on her hit FOX show and her marriage to Lara Embry.
The Emmy-winning actress was already committed to two other series (Starz's 'Party Down' and an ABC project) when she was offered the role of Sue on 'Glee.' Believe it or not, this meant that for the first four episodes of the series, Lynch's status was temporary. "We were keeping our fingers crossed that I got to stay," she says.
At 50, Lynch also reflects on her recent marriage: "I shouldn't say this, but I'd never dated anyone that I wanted to marry. I didn't think it was going to be out there for me. But the minute we were married, I felt the difference: I felt like I am no longer alone."
On meeting Ms. Right: Lynch met her wife, Lara Embry, last year at a lesbian rights fundraiser. A week after meeting, Lynch flew to Sarasota, Florida, where Embry lived. Just before takeoff, Lynch called Embry and said, "We need to acknowledge how courageous both of us are that I'm coming into town and you really don't know me. And I'm hopping on a plane to visit someone I really don't know. So for a moment, let's give ourselves a little pat on the back."
On becoming a stepmother: Lynch's wife has an eight-year-old daughter. When asked, 'What's it like to become a parental figure for the first time in midlife?' Lynch replies, "I haven't really done it [on a day-to-day basis] yet. I took her to school. I picked her up. I went to lunch with her. So I kind of had a test run. We're pretty darn good together."
On turning 50: "I like the equanimity that comes with my age. I don't have big highs, and I don't have big lows. Even if this job goes away tomorrow, the nonstop ambition is a thing of the past for me. I've mellowed."