September 16th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
For Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch, her sexuality hasn’t really been an issue when it comes to her career, and Lynch says she owes part of that ease to people like Ellen DeGeneres, as she explained to DeGeneres herself on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
“I was more closeted in my life when I was younger. By the time I started to do work where people knew who I was, I just never made the choice to hide that I was gay,” Lynch explained to DeGeneres. “And, not just because you’re sitting with me, but that’s because of people like you. You were at the height of your fame and you came out. And that just blazed a trail for me. It really did. It made it so much easier for me what you did.”
But, as DeGeneres pointed out, there are still many in the industry who believe they can’t be open about their sexuality because they fear it will ruin their careers.
Lynch understood what DeGeneres was saying, adding that she thinks her experience could be in part because of the type of roles that she takes.
“It’s because I’m a character actor I think. If Julia Roberts were gay I think it would be harder,” Lynch said. “She’s an ingénue. You want to project your hopes and dreams for love” on actors like Roberts and Brad Pitt.
So wait a minute, DeGeneres said, “you’re saying Julia Roberts is gay?”
“That’s what I’m saying. Right here on this show,” Lynch responded, going along with the joke. “She won’t admit it. I’m here to tell you she’s gay. You’re welcome Julia.”
Maybe one day Roberts will get to thank Lynch for her trailblazing ways, too.
To see what Lynch had to say to Larry King about love, life and "Glee," check out the video below.
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