Jane Lynch Talks New CBS Comedy ‘Angel From Hell’

As quick-witted as the characters that she’s renown for, Jane Lynch enters the AOL Build studio with the signature edgy blonde haircut that has come to define her roles as much as her humor has. Now starring in Angel From Hell, a CBS comedy in which she plays Maggie Lawson’s human guardian angel, this is Lynch’s return to the small screen since the wrapping of the culture-defining Glee. Here are some of the things that Lynch had to say about her new show, David Bowie’s recent passing and more:

On What to Expect From the Show: “Allison [Lawson] is going to learn a lot of lessons. I’m going to probably mess things up and blow things up before I make them right. The big thing is that Allison is buttoned up and lives basically in a cage and I’m going to [rattle that cage]. Things are going to get better for her!”

On Her Devotion to the Character: “I was sent the script and I thought it was hilarious and it was actually written for someone [younger] and I didn’t know how to change it to make it my age. [But], when I read it, I thought someone went into my head [and wrote down how I spoke].”

On Her Take on Guardian Angels: “I do have a guardian angel! It’s that feeling of love and it defies intellectual confirmation. It’s just something that, when you feel that love, it’s not something that is of-form. I’ve had confirmation of that sometimes in my life, [it] came in non-human [form].”

On What She Has in Common With Her Character: “I think she’s aspirational for me more than anything. There’s nothing between her heart and the person she loves. I would like to be more unabashedly loving [like her].”

On What She Took Away From Glee: “I think I’m at a point now that I can be more of an Aimee [her character on Angel From Hell] because I exercised that [warrior attitude] that Sue Sylvester had as she saw the world in black and white and right and wrong. I’m making fun of that and playing it to the nth degree. I really don’t have that in me anymore. I really don’t feel like I’m in a battle with anyone or the world or myself.”

On What it Takes to be Funny: “When you’re improvising, you don’t really try to be funny. Hopefully, you created a character who has much conflict within itself. The first thing I always figure out, and I don’t even know if I do it consciously, is what is this person hiding? And that just gives you a world of behavior.”

On the Recent Death of David Bowie: “I did not meet David Bowie and I’m sad he’s not on our planet anymore because he was a true creative. He stayed so true to that muse that was inside of him and I admire that. There’s so many points in the story where he could have gone commercial but [he stayed true to who he was].”

On What She Learned Throughout Her Career: “I said yes to everything. Every once in a while, you end up doing something that’s “eh.” I feel very good about the things I’ve done. If it’s torturous for you, don’t do it or find a way to [love it].”