‘Gilmore Girls’: 1 of the Main Reasons Lauren Graham Was Cast as Lorelai Had Nothing to Do With Her Acting

by Jeremy Spirogis
Gilmore Girls cast Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham

Gilmore Girls wouldn’t be the identical sequence with out Lauren Graham enjoying Lorelai Gilmore. Graham took the fast-talking foremost character — who by no means missed a possibility to make a pop-culture reference — and ran with it. Among different issues, the actor dropped at the desk: good comedic timing, emotional depth that you possibly can learn with one look, and boundless chemistry between her and her co-stars, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, and Kelly Bishop. However, the Gilmore Girls star apparently locked her place within the sequence solid with one high quality particularly.

How ‘Gilmore Girls’ star Lauren Graham bought solid on the present

Gilmore Girls cast Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham
Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls | Warner Bros./Delivered by Online USA

During the Gilmore Girls 15-year Reunion on the ATX TV Festival, the artistic mastermind behind the beloved sequence, Amy Sherman-Palladino admitted she was initially proof against the casting administrators’ suggestion of Graham to play Lorelai Gilmore.

“They kept handing me Lauren’s picture and I wouldn’t look at it,” Sherman-Palladino mentioned. “Because she was on this other show.” As the Gilmore Girls creator frightened: “I’m going to fall in love with someone that I can’t have.” However, Sherman-Palladino ultimately relented, and agreed to see Graham learn for the half. During the ATX interview, she recalled how that assembly went.

“She finally walked in,” Sherman-Palladino remembered of Graham. “She sat down. We talked. We read. She walked out and we’re like, and we’re done. And, there’s Lorelai.”

But as The New York Times just lately reported, Graham wouldn’t have been the primary alternative for a lot of showrunners:

After the present was acquired by the WB community, Sherman-Palladino insisted on holding out till they discovered the perfect performers for every position, no matter their prior expertise or fame.

So what was it about Graham that sealed her casting as Gilmore Girls‘ main woman?

Amy Sherman-Palladino displays on Graham’s appearing expertise in 2020

“Sherman-Palladino picked Graham for the part of Lorelai over several more well-known actors, at least partly for her literary acumen,” The Times defined. The Gilmore Girls creator instructed her husband Daniel Palladino after Graham learn for the half that she was the one one to return within the room and get a kind of traditional GG references proper.

“She’s the first actress that pronounced the name ‘Kerouac’ correctly,” Sherman-Palladino revealed. Jack Kerouac is an creator best-known for his 1957 e-book On the Road.

However, the tempo at which the creator wanted her Gilmore Girls characters to speak additionally factored in.

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Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Nov. 20, 2001 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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“… Graham was a welcome throwback to a time of captivating, fast-talking female performers,” The New York Times defined.

“In the age of screwball comedy, Carole Lombard would have been out the door and she would have taken her place,” Sherman-Palladino argued.

At the ATX pageant, Graham admitted she was additionally hesitant to audition due to the opposite sequence she was engaged on on the time. However, when she lastly learn the script, she discovered one thing “really clicked.” The Gilmore Girls star defined:

I bear in mind Christopher Reeve in an actor’s studio saying, ‘The way you know a part is really for you is if you can’t stand the concept of anybody else doing it, and that’s how I felt about this. This is mine. I had that form of robust response.’

And we’re all of the luckier for it.

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