Jane Lynch: 5 Little-Known Facts

5 surprising things you didn’t know about the Glee star

By Margy Rochlin
Photograph: Photo courtesy of Greg DeGuirre/FOX

She didn’t know she was deaf in her right ear until she was seven years old.  

“My brother was switching ears with his transistor radio and I said, ‘You  can’t do that. You can only hear out of one ear,’ ” Lynch says. “And he was like, ‘No. I hear out of both!’ I said, ‘Mom, I only hear out of one ear,’ and we went to the doctor. It’s nerve deafness, probably from a very high fever when I was a baby. I remember hearing my mother talking to the doctor and saying [sad voice], ‘Will she live a normal life?’ and him saying, ‘Oh, yeah!’ ”

She’s turned off by celebrity gossip-speak.

“The other day someone said to me, "Well, Lilo . . . blah blah blah. . . ’ I said, ‘Who’s  Lilo?’ And they said, ‘Lindsay Lohan.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to know that you know that. Whatever website you’re going to, I want you to stop it now. And I don’t ever want you to say “Lilo” in my presence again.’ ”

There may be an embarrassing tape in her past.
“There’s a video of either me or my brother—we’re babies, toddlers—walking around on the Fourth of July picking up beer cans and drinking the rest of people’s beers. And we thought that was adorable.”

Her interests go far beyond showbiz.
"Jane is one of those people who knows what’s going on in all the different worlds," says Jennifer Coolidge, who played Lynch’s poodle-owning lover in Best in Show. "I don’t know when she has time to learn all this stuff. Politically she’s incredibly well-versed, but she also knows sports. She even knew girly stuff—she was the first person I met who used Crème de la Mer, that really expensive cream that was all the rage. I swear, I would show up at her room and she would have already read the paper and watched, like, 12 news shows. Jane gives really good Headline News."

She’s always been okay with being six feet tall.  

“My mother was very good about our height. She’s 5’ 8”, and that was tall when she was growing up. She taught us to carry ourselves [throws shoulders back, sits up straight]. I didn’t suffer too much over it. And I’m in proportion—I don’t have real long arms or legs. It’s not until I stand up that people go, ‘Oh, my God. You’re tall!’ I guess I wasn’t creepy tall. A lot of it had to do with the way I presented myself.”

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