Top Stories

Jane Lynch Breaking News, Photos, and Videos

Watch the 'Glee' Cast Reunite to Pay Tribute to Naya Rivera (Video)

The cast of Glee reunited to pay tribute to late co-star Naya Rivera and you can watch the video right here!

16 members of the cast gathered on Zoom to talk about their favorite memories of Naya on the 10-year anniversary of her character Santana Lopez coming out as a lesbian on network TV. The reunion was part of the 2021 GLAAD Media Awards, which aired on Thursday (April 8).

Demi Lovato, who played Santana’s girlfriend Dani on Glee, opened the tribute. She said, “I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya‘s girlfriend, Dani, on Glee. The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls, like I was at the time. Her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

The cast members who then participated in the reunion included Jacob Artist, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jessalyn Gilsig, Dot-Marie Jones, Vanessa Lengies, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Alex Newell, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., Becca Tobin, and Jenna Ushkowitz. Notably absent were Lea Michele and Dianna Agron.

Glee cast reunites to pay tribute to Naya Rivera

The reunion ended with Jessalyn reading a note written by Naya‘s mom.

Click inside to watch the video and to read the note… More Here! »

'Glee' Cast to Reunite to Honor Naya Rivera - See Who's Participating & Who Won't Be There

A Glee reunion is happening! Some of the cast members will participate in the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 8 as a tribute to the late Naya Rivera and her character Santana Lopez.

Those participating include Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Vanessa Lengies, Jacob Artist, Alex Newell, and Becca Tobin.

Lea Michele‘s name was not included in the Deadline press release, so it is assumed that she will not be participating. Ahead of Naya‘s tragic death, many stars spoke out about Lea‘s behavior on set. Lea is also a new mother.

Dianna Agron‘s name was also not included.

Naya tragically passed away at the age of 33 in a drowning accident in July of 2020.

The 2021 GLAAD Media Awards will be hosted by Niecy Nash. You’ll be able to stream the reunion on YouTube on April 8 at 8pm ET.

Jane Lynch Photo Gallery

Jane Lynch Reveals the Role She Lost to Rosie O'Donnell

Jane Lynch is thinking back to a role that she didn’t get.

The Glee alum opened up on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Thursday (November 12).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jane Lynch

During her appearance, Jane denied that she ever auditioned to play Phoebe Buffay on Friends (a role that went to Lisa Kudrow), but did reveal another iconic role that got away.

“In the ’90s, I auditioned for a movie [called] A League of Their Own in Chicago,” she said of the 1992 movie, directed by Penny Marshall.

Rosie O’Donnell ended up getting the part, but I auditioned. I had to play baseball and the whole thing. I didn’t get it. It was heartbreaking,” Lynch revealed.

She’s about to take on another role in an iconic series – find out which one!

Jane Lynch Remembers 'The Greatest Thing' About Naya Rivera

Jane Lynch is remembering Naya Rivera.

During a new interview, the 60-year-old actress opened up about the impact the 33-year-old late actress had on her life.

″The greatest thing about Naya Rivera was that she would be the first one to speak up if something was happening that wasn’t right, that wasn’t fair, that was cruel,″ Jane shared with People.

″If you were a friend of hers, you knew it, you could feel it,″ Jane continued, adding that Naya was “loyal” and “protective.”

Jane continued: ″Just such a fierce force of nature that girl was. It’s a great loss. It’s a great loss for all of us.”

Jane and Naya starred together on Glee, which ran from 2009 to 2015.

Naya went missing after a swimming accident last month at Lake Piru, and her body was unfortunately found five days later on July 13.

You can find out how Naya Rivera‘s son Josey, 5, is doing after her death here.

Beanie Feldstein & Jane Lynch Set to Star in 'Harriet the Spy' Animated Series!

Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch are taking on some memorable roles!

The Booksmart actress and the Glee alum are set to provide their voices for an upcoming animated series from Apple based on the classic Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Variety reported Wednesday (August 12).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Beanie Feldstein

Beanie will voice the titular Harriet, while Jane will play her nanny, Ole Golly. Lacey Chabert will voice Marion Hawthorne, the queen bee at Harriet’s school.

Here’s a plot summary: “Like the book, the series will be set in 1960s New York City. Eleven-year-old Harriet is described as fiercely independent, adventurous, and curious. More than anything, Harriet wants to be a writer, and in order to be a good writer she needs to know everything, and in order to know everything, she has to be a spy.”

The series will be written and executive produced by Will McRobb, co-creator of the classic Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

Jane Lynch has another exciting role in the works: she’s hosting this reboot of a beloved game show!

Jane Lynch Says Such Sweet Things About Late Naya Rivera in Touching Tribute

It has been almost one month since the tragic passing of Naya Rivera, and her former Glee co-star Jane Lynch had some lovely things to say about her today.

“I think that one of the things that kind of got lost when we were doing the show was what a force she was because there were so many talented people,” Jane said during a Today show appearance. “She was one of those people—she wasn’t in every scene, but when she was…she just blew everybody away.”

Jane continued, “I had three-page monologues, so did she. It took me a week to get mine. She would do them right off the bat and they would be changing them and she had no problem with it.”

“My niece Megan was very close with Naya and Megan always said that, with Naya, you felt like somebody had your back. She was somebody who wasn’t going to let anybody mess with you. She was a great advocate and loved the fact that she and Heather Morris had the lesbian relationship on the show and how much that meant to so many young people,” Jane said. If you missed it, Megan‘s tribute to Naya went viral after her death.

“It’s just gut-wrenching and heart-breaking that she’s gone,” Jane continued.

Jane Lynch's Niece's Touching Tribute to Naya Rivera Is Gaining Attention

Jane Lynch shared her niece Meg Doyle‘s tribute to the late Naya Rivera, and it really gives you a sense of just how beautiful of a person Naya was.

“I was an assistant on the Glee tour in 2009, and then I moved to LA in 2010. I ran into Naya at a bar – we hadn’t seen each other in a year. I didn’t really have any friends in LA yet. She was wearing overalls and a bra. That’s it. And she was killing it. Obviously. She said, ‘Let’s hang out,’ grabbed my phone and punched her number in. And so it began. She took me under her wing. Brought me into her crew. It didn’t matter that I was a lowly assistant at the time,” Meg posted.

She continued, “When I think of my first four years in Los Angeles, I think of Naya. Being in Naya’s presence made me feel larger than life. It was like anxious Megan absorbed Naya’s fearless spirit by osmosis. When you were around her, you just . . . bloomed. Anyone in Naya’s crew had a feisty, witty, 110 pound bodyguard on their side. She always had a mischievous glimmer in her eye and she always knew more than she let on. She was the rock of her family. She had a knack for seeing through someone’s bullshit, and she knew if I was lying when I said I was okay. She also had a knack for dropping a filthy one-liner, exiting the room and leaving us with our jaws on the floor.”

Meg continued, “She didn’t know how f*cking beautiful she was, but I believe she knew how talented she was, and I loved that about her. Watching Naya perform everyday, whether she was on set knocking out a 3 page monologue in one take, or belting Amy Winehouse in her car, or performing a lazy striptease during our talent shows – it never grew old, she always took my breath away. People grow apart, drift in and out of your life. I always figured she would drift back into mine. Naya was a force. I feel lucky to have known and loved her. Tell your people you love them. Let sh*t go. Life is short.”

Naya‘s body was found in Lake Piru days after she went missing after boating with her son Josey, 4. Jane was one of the first Glee co-star to pay tribute to Naya after this tragic news broke. RIP.