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'Glee' Jane Lynch: 'Theatre changed my life'

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Jane Lynch has credited studying theatre at university with changing the course of her life.

The Wreck-It-Ralph star told Movieline that her decision to attend graduate school for theatre allowed her to express herself more freely to family and friends.

Jane Lynch at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr held at the Hollywood Palladium.

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"[I got out of] of my hometown; going to college was what everybody did, but when I went to graduate school I didn't have any support for that [from my family]," she recalled. "Wanting to be an actress, it was like, find something you can do and learn to type."

She continued: "I got offered a scholarship to Cornell to go to graduate school and although my parents were like, 'Wow! That's really great', they were like, 'Theatre? Theatre?' I was like, 'I'm going to do it anyway'.

"I hopped on a train and went to Ithaca, New York. I worked to make money and was given a fellowship, and I taught a class in order to make money, but I did it on my own."

Lynch also discussed her joy at later teaching acting as part of an education fellowship.

Jane Lynch on the red carpet at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

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"I think we made $120 a week or something, but it was enough. It was enough in those days, anyway, to pay my rent and keep me in beer and coffee. The essentials," she joked.

"So I think we all have those things where we go, you know what - I'm not getting a lot of support here for this, but I just have to go. I have to go do what I need to do, and I have to take the chance. I can't take one more day of being in the doldrums because that hurts too much."

Lynch ultimately became a Hollywood star with breakthrough roles in films like Best in Show and her award-winning portrayal of Sue Sylvester in Glee.

Wreck-It-Ralph is now playing in the US and opening on February 15, 2013 in the UK.

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