May 23, 2017

Jane Lynch recalls how she got cast for ‘Julie & Julia’

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: When director Nora Ephron was looking for an actress to play the sister of Julia Child (Meryl Streep) in her film “Julie & Julia,” she immediately thought of Jane Lynch.

Was it her great comic timing? Her stunning acting resume?

Not really.

Jane recalled how it all went down during a conversation about her career over the weekend at the Outfest Film Festival: “I met Nora Ephron right out here in the lobby (of the DGA Theatre] at the premiere of “A Mighty Wind” and she said, ‘Maybe we’ll get to work together sometime.” Then we were at the same brunch together and she called me about four months later and said, ‘Look, I don’t know many tall actresses and I need one. You’re the tallest one I know. It’s a very small part, would you be willing to do it? You’ll get a free trip to France and I said, ‘I’d love to.’

The trip to Paris didn’t quite pan out: “By the time I got there it went from being in Paris to being in Hoboken because the train station [the setting for her memorable opening scene] in Hoboken was more authentic than any train station in Paris.”

So what was it like for acting goddess Jane Lynch to work with acting legend Meryl Streep?

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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