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Jane Lynch is no stranger to the Emmy Awards. Not only has she received 10 nominations from the Television Academy, but she’s walked home with three wins, including last year for best actress in a short-form comedy or drama series for her part in Dropping the Soap.
“It’s a thrill every time,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. Since Lynch’s birthday falls on July 14, right around the same time the Emmy nominations are announced, her birthday feels extra special when she hears her name in the list of honorees. “I’ve had almost every birthday for the last five or six years – I know I sound like I’m bragging – I’ve had double gift.”
Lynch received double nominations for this year’s Emmys: best guest actress in a comedy series for her role as Sophie Lennon in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and best host for a reality-competition program for Hollywood Game Night.
“The nomination aspect of it is most exciting. It’s that someone, or a group of someone’s, thought what you had done this past season was worthy of note,” she added. “If you win, that’s a lovely icing on the cake.”
Lynch went on to discuss working with Maisel creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, and one standout moment the two shared. “She was the first person I met. We shoot in New York and I went up to her office and she’s hilarious,” she recalled. “She is so much fun. She was showing me some dress that she was going to wear to a party and said, ‘Is this too young for me? Am I too old to wear this?’ I’m like, ‘No way, girl! You can wear that little dress.’ She’s really cute and just every ounce of her is hilarious.”
Lynch also explained why her NBC show, Hollywood Game Night, which won her the Emmy for best host for a reality-competition program in 2014 and 2015, continues to be a success.
“It started out really fun and it’s still really fun. I think it’s the chemistry of it, or the foundation of it, or the structure of it. We’ve kept it the same because it works. The wonderful thing is that our game creators, they come up with 12 to 15 new games every season and I don’t know how they do it,” she told THR.
Watch the video above to hear Lynch discuss if Sophie and Midge could ever be friends in the Maisel universe, the most “rabidly” competitive celebrities on Hollywood Game Night and more.
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