Two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch knows a thing or two about the main character in her new children’s book Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean.
In the book, to be released later this month, Marlene is a bully.
There were times when Lynch was too as a kid.
The Glee star and host of Hollywood Game Night says she realized this while working on the book with her then wife, Dr. Lara Embry, a psychologist who was a consultant on the book.
‘We both admitted that we were kind of bullying. Especially when we were younger,’ Lynch tells BuzzFeed.
‘We found this the easiest way to do it because it works. Bullying works on a level. You get to be part of the group. The catch is, you’re never really equal. People are afraid of you. You inspire fear more than you inspire companionship.’
Marlene is eventually confronted in the book by another kid at school who sees through her behavior.
While the character continues to make some mistakes, she does have an epiphany and Lynch believes it’s important to not discourage some of the other qualities bullies can have such as leadership.
‘This is a little girl who is a bright light and is probably going to run a corporation someday,’ Lynch says.
‘We don’t want to tell her that who she is at base is wrong. She has great leadership skills. Her natural gift is that she’s great at leading. She loves to be in an authority position. She just needed some redirection.’