Actress and comedian Jane Lynch didn’t expect to get into politics, but when the opportunity to become the mayor of Funner came her way, she couldn’t say no! During her official inauguration as the first female mayor of Funner at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Fabulous California had a chance to speak with Mayor Lynch about her new position and her current role on Broadway.
Among her long list of accomplishments, Lynch has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, one Golden Globe Award and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Currently, Lynch is starring on Broadway in the critically-acclaimed production of “Funny Girl” until Sept. 25. A funny girl in her own right, Lynch knows what it means to truly have fun.
What kind of fun do you plan on bringing to Funner? The great thing about this establishment here is that the fun is really built-in; my job is to unleash it for everyone, to point everyone in the direction and encourage them to really soak every ounce of fun out of every activity [Harrah’s Resort Southern California] has to offer.
What are some of your first orders of business? Not to discourage alcoholic drinking, which I think is a wonderful thing, but we have non-alcoholic cocktails that have been developed because I don’t drink, and I love having something special and bright and crisp on a summer day. There’s so much you can do with flavors. There’s something about the bite of alcohol, which is really great, but you can get that from ginger, you can get that bite from tonic water. I just love ginger. So, they created these lovely mock-cocktails for those of us who don’t imbibe.
Who is your deputy mayor? I have a wonderful right-hand man in the form of Floyd the Falcon. He is going to be my eyes on the ground and would be kind of a good cop, bad cop situation. I’ll be the beautiful, beneficent mayor telling everybody ‘have fun, have fun,’ and he’s going to keep an eye on everybody and point out to me when someone is not soaking every ounce of fun out of life. He chose himself. We just found him perched on the Harrah’s sign, and you could tell he was checking us out and then he just swooped in and decided this is what he wants to do. Because he’s a falcon, he can’t be mayor. So, we’re going to do it as a team.
You’re on Broadway right now, starring in “Funny Girl” through Sept. 25. What has your experience been like? [“Funny Girl” is] starring Beanie Feldstein; she’s so wonderful in it. It’s a great production. It’s good old-fashioned Broadway, with the musical numbers—we have a tap number that’s just going to blow your mind—and a beautiful love story. It’s got everything. I play her mother, Beanie’s mom, Rosie Price. In terms of time and devotion, it’s all encompassing and I really love that. I’m not doing anything else while I’m in New York. I’m really just doing this play, and I skip to the theater every day. I’m so happy.
Do you have any projects lined up for the near future? I hope we do more “Weakest Link” [episodes]. We haven’t been told that we are, but I have a feeling we will. I just kind of see where life leads me. I have no idea what’s next.