Gilmore Girls remains a popular show despite ending in 2007, to the point that its following has continued to lead to a Netflix revival that took place in 2016 – yes, it’s been 6 years now.
Now, the series has turned 22 years old. Having premiered on October 5th, 2000, this is one of those series that will forever stay in the memory of fans.
But despite her success, not all fans know everything there is to know about this mother and daughter. Although many know, for example, that Keiko Agena – who played Lane Kim in Gilmore Girls – was 11 years older than her character, there are many other interesting facts from Gilmore Girls to find out.
Alexis Bledel didn’t drink coffee in real life
While Rory and Lorelai spend most of their time together eating all sorts of food at Gilmore Girls and drinking gallons of coffee, the latter was not to Alexis Bledel’s liking. According to ScreenRant, the actress had no coffee in her cups. Instead, they used Coke.
Bledel wasn’t the only one to trick fans with her favorite drink. Turns out, because Lauren Graham already drank a lot of coffee off-screen, she didn’t want to drink too much while they were filming, so sometimes her cup was filled with water.
The cast didn’t always understand pop culture references
Gilmore Girls was known for its witty pop culture references cast by Rory, Lorelai, Sookie, and Lane. Women loved different genres of music, movies and anything related to celebrity gossip.
But the magic kind of went down the drain, as the actresses weren’t always aware of the pop culture references they were talking about.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bledel mentioned that while he sold pop culture references in Gilmore Girls they didn’t always understand what they were talking about. “We had to look for them on our own, usually,” she joked.
How did the series come about?
With numerous awards, seven seasons and a reboot, Gilmore Girls It was and is a resounding success. Today, with the series available on Netflix, fans of the series continue to watch and show support.
But how did the series come about?
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Mental Floss explained that the creator of Gilmore GirlsAmy Sherman-Palladino, stayed at an inn in Washington, Connecticut, which inspired it all.
She said, as she drove through town: “Everything was green and people were outside, and they were talking. And we went to a diner and everybody knew each other, and somebody got up and they walked behind the [balcão] and they got their own coffee because the waitress was busy.” After the trip, the city inspired its history.
Milo Ventimiglia and Alexis Bledel dated in real life
While Rory has had several love interests over the course of Gilmore Girlsother characters have had real-life love stories off-camera.
It turns out that Alex Bledel dated Milo Ventimiglia, who played Jess Mariano on the series, for four years, according to Us Weekly. The duo split in 2006 and Bledel ended up marrying her co-star from Mad MenVincent Kartheiser, in 2014. Sadly, in 2022, Bledel and Kartheiser filed and finalized their divorce, according to People.
Scripts were longer than usual
Gilmore Girls is a fast-paced series when it comes to dialogue. In fact, this is a characteristic feature of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s writing, and it required actors to be able to speak very fast. Their fast-paced conversations are the highlights of many memes in Gilmore Girls.
According to Vox, episode scripts were around 80 pages long, while the typical length of an hour-long television episode is 40 to 50 pages. It’s a lot of dialogue to remember, but it was part of the show’s charm.
Jess almost had a spinoff series
While the fans of team jess wished Rory had dumped him (or at least seen their relationship develop further in Gilmore Girls), Milo Ventimiglia’s character left the series at the end of the third season. However, Jess was supposed to be back in her own series called Windward Circle.
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According to ScreenRant, the season 3 episode called “Here Comes The Son” was supposed to serve as a background pilot for that spin off set in Venice Beach and focused on the relationship between Jess and her estranged father. However, filming on location was too expensive and plans for this spinoff series were scrapped.
Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson quit smoking to Gilmore Girls
When a person’s job requires him to talk fast all day, he needs to breathe. Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson were smokers when they started working at Gilmore Girls. But they quickly realized that the pace of dialogue on the show required them to make a lifestyle change.
According to Insider, Patterson and Graham quit smoking so they could keep up with the fast-paced lines their characters had to deliver.
Alex Borstein would play Sookie
Before being on another Amy Sherman-Palladino series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Alex Borstein almost played Lorelai Gilmore’s best friend, Sookie St. James, in Gilmore Girls. Fans loved Sookie’s scenes, and she became a beloved character. However, according to Cosmopolitan, the actress was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts.
Melissa McCarthy ended up taking Sookie’s place, while Borstein later played three different characters on the show (Drella the harpist; Emily’s stylist Miss Celine; and Lorelai’s neighbor Doris, whose annoyed voice is heard on her answering machine. ).
Luke was supposed to be a very different character
It’s hard to imagine Gilmore Girls without Luke constantly playing with Rory and Lorelai at his restaurant. However, the character wasn’t always meant to be a big part of the series. In fact, according to Entertainment Weekly, the original plan for Luke’s character in Gilmore Girls it was very different, as creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had written it as a woman.
However, the WB channel requested more men on the show, so she changed that character to Luke, and Scott Patterson got the role. He was also supposed to only be in the pilot episode, but the chemistry he had with Lauren Graham was so great that he became a series regular. Together, Lorelai and Luke had some of the best episodes of Gilmore Girls.