The upcoming star of Discovery Channel’s Manhunt:
is also properly in awe of Earth Live
’s magnitude. She’s
hopeful that it will compel viewers to consider their place in the world -- a
salient point given the country’s division over climate change. “The special
will show that we’re not the only creatures on this Earth, and how we’re all
interconnected,” Lynch says. “Sometimes as humans we think we’re the only, or
the most important species on the planet. But we share this planet with a lot
of other creatures, and we’ll get a bird’s eye view of what life is like for
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A go-to host in Hollywood, Lynch is herself a rare sighting
in a herd of mostly men that populate everything from game shows to late night.
“I think there’s kind of a firm mindset that it’s a male job, but that’s been
loosening up a little bit,” she says, nodding to Ellen DeGeneres’s upcoming Ellen’s Game of Games on NBC
. “Maybe we’ll get past
the point where it’s just lesbian women that they’ll allow to host things, and
extend it to the straight girls too,” she says with a laugh.
For her success in the field, Lynch credits her agent for
thinking outside the box in her early days of auditioning, submitting her for
roles written to be played by men. “It takes somebody willing to shake up the
status quo,” she says, a sentiment that easily applies to the actress herself
-- and incidentally, to the animal she says she’d most likely be.
hyena minus the viciousness, because I love to laugh,” Lynch says. But, she
adds, “My answer may change after Sunday night’s broadcast.”
Earth Live premieres Sunday, July 9, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on
National Geographic and will simulcast on Nat Geo WILD.