Jane Lynch Meets Her Dog's Namesake: Olivia Newton John!
04/16/2010 AT 07:45 AM EDT
"I didn't want to freak her out too much," Lynch told PEOPLE at the Glee mid-season premiere party in Hollywood this week. "I told her, 'Olivia is one of my favorite names and I named my dog Olivia,' " says Lynch. "She said, 'Oh, that's cute!' "
But as for the whole story? "I couldn't do it. At the end of the day, I was going home, and she said, 'You're leaving one Olivia for another!' "
Lynch – who is also the proud owner of Georgie, a Wheaten terrier, and tabby cats Greta and Riley – may not have fessed up to the full extent of her admiration, but she did get a chance to tell Newton John how much the singer's music means to her.
"'I Honestly Love You' was a song that broke my heart during my tortured childhood," says Lynch. "She's so awesome. She can take that kind of [compliment]; it doesn't make her uncomfortable."
In the episode of Glee set to air later this season, Newton John will play herself and will share a saucy dance number to her big hit Physical with Lynch's snarky Sue Sylvester.
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