Video from Live Talks Los Angeles event with Jane Lynch in conversation with Adam Scott discussing her memoir, Happy Accidents. Event was held October 2, 2011 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live, downtown Los Angeles.
Though she’s one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood today, Jane Lynch is anything but an overnight success. At age 50, she didn’t come into her own until the last decade. Before she landed her role in Glee, she’d battled alcoholism and anxiety, learned to embrace her sexuality, and accepted that life is sometimes a series of opportunities that come after what seem, at the time, like disappointments. Funny, poignant and brutally honest, her book Happy Accidents is one part comic-memoir of behind-the-scenes-Hollywood and one part inspirational-narrative about self-acceptance.
“If I could go back in time and talk to my twenty-year-old self, the first thing I would say is: ‘Lose the perm.’ Secondly I would say: ‘Relax. Really. Just relax. Don’t sweat it…Be easy on your sweet self. And don’t drink Miller Lite tall boys in the morning.” — Jane Lynch
A Frosted Flakes commercial and a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to a role in the Christopher Guest movie Best in Show, which helped her get cast in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Similar coincidences and chance meetings led to roles in movies starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Meryl Streep in 2009′s Julie & Julia. A series she’d signed up for abruptly got canceled, making it possible for her to take the role of Sue Sylvester in Glee. She has also appeared in For Your Consideration, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Rick Bobby, A Mighty Wind and numerous television shows. She is host of the Emmys on September 18th as only the third woman to host it solo in the show’s history.
Adam Scott stars on NBC’s Emmy nominated comedy “Parks and Recreation” opposite Amy Poehler and also gained notoriety for his performances on the Starz comedy series “Party Down” where he starred alongside Jane Lynch and in the hit comedy “Step Brothers” with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. He will next be seen in “Our Idiot Brother,” opposite Paul Rudd, and his film “Friends with Kids,” is set to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, he has wrapped production on See Girl Run and Paramount’s My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. He is currently in production on The Bachelorette and recently signed on to topline the indie comedy A.C.O.D., an acronym for Adult Children of Divorce.