Jane Lynch to Ellen: 'You Blazed a Trail for Me'

In her first appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday, "Glee" star Jane Lynch reveals that Ellen inspired her to come out.

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"You were at the height of your fame and you came out. And that just blazed a trail for me," said Jane, adding, "It made it so much easier for me what you did."

"By the time I started to do work where people knew who I was, I just never made the choice to hide that I was gay," Lynch reflected on coming out.

Jane says she was "more closeted" when she was younger. "I used to lay in bed and go, how will I come out or will I come out?"

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The actress believes that it would have been harder for her to admit her sexual orientation when she did, if she had been an A-list actress.

"It's because I'm a character actor, I think. If Julia Roberts were gay I think it would be harder. She's an ingenue. You want to project your hopes and dreams for love... like Brad Pitt."

Lynch, 50, married her long-time partner, psychologist Lara Embry, in May.

Catch Jane Lynch's interview Wednesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Click here for local listings.