When the news broke that Gilmore Girls was coming back, I’m pretty sure I was screaming like a lunatic, jumping up and down saying, “Oh my god!!!” a million times over. What? Don’t pretend like you didn’t do the exact same thing. So to thank Netflix for being so incredibly kind in bringing back our girls, check out this list of things you never knew about show. (Don’t worry, if you haven’t seen the revival, there are no spoilers ahead!)
I’m pretty sure that at some point, every fan of Gilmore Girls has stopped and said, “How fast are they actually talking, my head’s spinning!” Well folks, an average script for an hour long episode is 45-50 pages but for our Gilmore Girls, the script was 75-80 pages! And get this – because everyone spoke so fast, no one was allowed to improvise or ad-lib anything at all. Makes sense when you’re talking faster then the speed of sound.
I am, and forever will be, Team Jess. (Come on, Rory, get your head in the game). Well, here’s a shocking secret for most of you…. Milo Ventimiglia was only signed on as Jess because the producers wanted yet another reason for Lorelai and Luke to not date. I’m not even mad, Jess is incredible, no matter the circumstance surrounding his hiring.
On the show, one thing is for sure our girls are always (quite literally always) drinking coffee. And no, it’s not gourmet coffee beans but just honest-to-god strong coffee that we all deserve. Lorelai has defended her character time and time again as some fans don’t believe she is drinking coffee on the show but she genuinely is. Lorelai is always drinking real coffee on the show, always. However, our girl Rory isn’t much of a coffee fan (GASP!), so her coffee cup is filled with Coca-Cola or water. That’s just ludicrous.
I don’t think any of us could imagine anyone but Alexis Bledel playing Rory but it turns out that our very own Liza Weil, who played the snappy Paris Geller, auditioned for the role of Rory. The shows creator loved Liza so much in her audition that she created and wrote the role of Paris specifically for her.
This is hilarious but Luke wasn’t actually supposed to be a guy. He was written as a woman originally but the producers stepped in and said there weren’t enough main male characters on the show. Ergo, Luke emerged.
Melissa McCarthy was meant to play the role of Sookie St. James, there is no doubt about it! However, turns out that actually actress Alex Borstein, was originally meant to play the part but she got tied up with MadTV obligations. Alex Borstein did however star on the show in other roles.
Turns out that Gilmore Girls was Alexis Bledel’s, who portrayed our dear Rory, first acting gig! If you look back at season one, you’ll often see Lauren Graham, our wonderful mama bear Lorelai, with her arm around Alexis, that’s because she was directing her to the right spots on screen.
Lauren Graham admitted that Luke and Lorelai were not best friends off screen. She said, “It’s fine. I think these characters have a great chemistry and that does mirror our chemistry as people. We’re not intimates. We work well together.” So while Luke and Lorelai have an incredible relationship and friendship on the show, off screen, they are just co-workers who get along but nothing more. I guess we’ll take what we can get.
The home of Lorelai and Rory on the show is quite similar to that of Lorelai’s childhood doll house. If you recall, she said that it was actually one of the few things she cherished most from her childhood. I wonder what the remodeling costs were after Luke and Lorelai made a few tweaks to the house.
They Actually Dated
For THREE WHOLE YEARS, Jess and Rory dated in real life! And they even talked about marriage!! **CRYING TEARS OF PURE JOY** While we don’t know the circumstances behind their split, we can rest easy knowing that for at least three years, our dreams came true.
Our resident music lover, master of ingenuity, pizza eating, band t-shirt wearing, Lane Kim, everyone! The character of Lane Kim is actually based on Helen Pai who is a producer on the show and she’s best friends with the creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Here’s a fun fact, Lane’s band name, Hep Alien, is actually an anagram of Helen Pai!
Emily Gilmore is notorious for hiring maids that speak Spanish and not a lot of English, actually no English. You may have noticed that Rory speaks a little bit of Spanish on the show, a few basic phrases here and then. However in real life, Rory is completely fluent in Spanish. Ay dios mio!
Not A Regular
I can’t even imagine what Gilmore Girls would be if it wasn’t for Luke. No seriously, who in the would Lorelai end up with if not Luke?! Originally, Scott Patterson wasn’t hired on as a series regular, he was signed on for just the first episode of the first season. SAY WHAT? However, everyone on set quickly saw that there was chemistry between Luke and Lorelai so they immediately signed him on for more episodes. Good choice.
Season 7 of the show left us without our wonderful creator and producer, Amy Sherman-Palladino, thus her vision of how the show should end never happened. We all know that Amy had planned out ahead of the time what the final four words should be but it never happened in the season finale. However, in the revival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, those magical four words played out exactly as how she intended all those years ago.
Ahh, Stars Hollow, you and your quirky town folk, hilarious town meetings and kick a** festivals, how we adore you. Turns out that the fictional town of Stars Hollow is based on Washington Depot, Connecticut. Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show’s creator, stayed in Connecticut on a road trip with her husband and while there, that’s where she came up with the idea for the show.
Lauren Graham found out that season 7 was the final season of our dear Gilmore Girls while she was at a restaurant with a friend. Her agent actually had to call the restaurant because Graham had her phone off. Before she could get to the appetizers, the call came and all her agent said was, “The show’s over.” That’s it, after all that time. I guess it could have been worse.
Where You Lead
The theme song, “Where You Lead,” is an extraordinary piece of music and it fits the show so well in every way. The song was written and is sung by the extremely talented Carole King, who recorded the song just so she could sing it with her daughter, Louise Goffin. King was also a guest star on the show! Think back to season three when Lane practices on her first drum set. Carole played the record store owner who let Lane practice.