One of the many pleasures of “Julie & Julia” is the supporting performance of Jane Lynch as Julia Child’s equally gangly sister Dorothy. Lynch and Meryl Streep create a giddy, silly chemistry; in one lunch scene, the two seem to communicate in some giggly sister language as Julia’s husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) looks on, out of the loop but nonetheless enjoying the moment. Dorothy and Julia, we learn, were destined to be wealthy Pasadena housewives, but, in Julia’s trilling tones, “we were too tall!”
A few people have been asking me the where-have-I-seen-Julia’s-sister-before question, so I’ll tell you: Everywhere. Jane Lynch, at 49, is having a moment, and a well-deserved one. In the past year, she’s had recurring roles on TV in “Glee,” “Two and a Half Men” and “The L Word,” and has turned up on the big screen in “Role Models” (a movie Lynch stole away from its stars), “Julie & Julia,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (voice only), and this week’s “Post Grad.” Some locals may have seen her in town in 2007 as the special guest of the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. And a lot of us know her from Christopher Guest’s improv-comedy movies, where she has an uncanny knack of seeming serenely down-to-earth and completely bonkers at the same time. Here’s a moment of Lynch, with the wonderful Jennifer Coolidge in “Best in Show”:
And, because I can’t resist, here’s another clip from the movie, minus Lynch but plus a very photogenic Norwich terrier.