Jane Lynch dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss her new show, “Angel from Hell,” which airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Lynch plays Amy, an eccentric woman who claims to be a guardian angel for Allison Fuller, a dermatologist played by Maggie Lawson. The series premiered Jan. 7 on CBS.
“I do relish every job that I have,” Lynch said on Gio and Jones, “but when I read this script, I found something tasty in it immediately and could see how this would be a lot of fun to do and could do for many years.”
While there are similarities between Lynch and her character, Amy, there are also some key differences.
“She’s a little more confident and has less shame,” Lynch said, laughing. “She’s completely guile-less, and she is very open about her adoration and mission, which is to make the life of Maggie Lawson’s character awesome. That’s all she wants. That’s all she’s here to do. She took on human form to say, ‘Look, we’re doing to get this right. We’re going to make this the best life.’ And of course she’s resistant to it.”
Lynch, 55, is one of the most well-known – and well-liked – actresses of her generation, having appeared in Glee, Two and a Half Men, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Talladega Nights, among other sitcoms and movies.
Some A-listers, even the most accomplished ones, admit to having anxiety before performances. Not Lynch.
“I don’t have any,” she said. “I don’t think anxiety ever helps anything. I stay as relaxed as I can. I really truly take my hands off of results. It’s not hard. You just decide that it doesn’t mean anything. You just do it because you love it. I’ve been an actress for a long time, and most things that you do, especially television, they don’t last very long. I’m used to doing a play that will close after one night or might go three months. So I’m just used to it. I don’t suffer that anymore. I don’t suffer how it’s going to be received. It’s not that I don’t care or flip them off with a finger. What I care about is the people I work with, the day-to-day, and I care that we do the best work we can – and we are. We’re doing great work. I love this ensemble. There’s only four of us.”
The series also stars Kyle Bornheimer, who plays Allison’s younger brother, Kyle, and Kevin Pollak, who plays Allison’s father, Marv.
“Kevin Pollak, he’s amazing,” Lynch said. “This guy, Kyle Bornheimer, you’re going to love, and of course Maggie Lawson, who’s just a gem. It’s just the four of us, and we have the best time.”