‘Gilmore Girls’: Fans Won’t Believe How Many Times Alexis Bledel Auditioned For the Role of Rory

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Twenty years after its premiere on The WB, Gilmore Girls continues to be as fashionable as ever. The drama starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel was a cult hit on the now-defunct community. But it discovered new life after it went off the air due to DVD field units, Netflix, and a well-liked 2016 revival titled A Year In The Life.

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‘Gilmore Girls’ star Alexis Bledel | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

It’s practically unattainable for followers to think about anybody else moreover Graham and Bledel within the roles of the fast-talking mom/daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. But contemplating what number of occasions Bledel auditioned for her function, followers got here nearer to having a special Rory than they may suppose.

‘Gilmore Girls’ was Alexis Bledel’s first credited performing function

Bledel was an 18-year-old scholar at New York University when she auditioned for the function of Rory. According to E! News, she solely had one uncredited performing function on her resume on the time. She performed a “student” in Wes Anderson’s 1998 comedy Rushmore.

Bledel first turned a print mannequin on the age of 14 and was a world traveler earlier than she gained acceptance into NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. However, she dropped out when she landed the function of Rory.

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Fans won’t bear in mind that the actress considers herself Latina, as her mom is from Mexico and her father is from Argentina. Bledel isn’t a stage identify, although. She defined that her father’s household is Danish, and so they migrated to Argentina. Bledel says she solely spoke Spanish till she began faculty, and that’s the place she discovered to talk English.

As The Things factors out, Bledel has at all times been a particularly non-public particular person. But she as soon as opened up about her audition course of for Gilmore Girls.

Alexis Bledel auditioned for the function of Rory Gilmore six occasions

As exhausting because it is perhaps for followers to imagine, Bledel says she auditioned for the function of Rory a complete of six occasions.

“I was very sick, I was a student at NYU, and they kept calling me back up to audition,” Bledel recalled throughout an look on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “I think I went, like, six times. Oddly, I wasn’t a very seasoned actor at all. I didn’t know the process. I grew a tad bit impatient.”

Bledel admitted that she developed “a little attitude” over the prolonged auditioning course of. But, her “boss really liked that a lot.”

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“She was like, ‘That’s our girl!’ I was like, ‘Are you guys going to bring me back again…?’ and she was like, ‘I like that, that’s perfect,’” Bledel defined.

Another complete shock for followers is the truth that Bledel didn’t meet Graham till days earlier than the primary day of filming. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino by no means had the 2 actors display screen check collectively, and their on-screen chemistry was pure luck.

Another fashionable ‘Gilmore Girls’ actress additionally auditioned for the function of Rory Gilmore

Graham as soon as advised The Today Show that Bledel was so inexperienced as an actor that she must seize her onscreen daughter’s arm at occasions to assist her hit her marks.

“People are like, ‘You have such great chemistry.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m mauling her. That’s why,’” Graham joked.

Bledel confessed that when she first met Graham in Canada throughout a dinner with creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino she was “dazzled” by her.

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Another fashionable Gilmore Girls actress additionally auditioned for the function of Rory. Liza Weil wowed producers along with her audition. But they knew that she wasn’t fairly proper for the a part of Rory. Weil says that they referred to as and advised her that if the present will get picked up, they may discover a small half for her. However, she figured that will be “the end of it.”

But Palladino was so impressed with Weil that she ended up writing an element only for her – Rory’s enemy-turned-bestie Paris Geller.

All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls — plus the revival A Year In the Life — can be found on Netflix.

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