‘Gilmore Girls’: Why Lauren Graham Often Had Her Arm Around Alexis Bledel in Early Episodes of the Show

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as Rory and Lorelai Gilmore

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore are one of the crucial well-known mother-daughter duos to ever grace the small display screen.

Their closeness, which typically manifested itself on Gilmore Girls within the type of hugs or strolling with their arms round one another, wasn’t simply to make them seem to be greatest associates. It’s as a result of Lauren Graham was guiding Alexis Bledel to her mark. 

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as Rory and Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as Rory and Lorelai Gilmore | Warner Bros./Delivered by Online USA

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel met earlier than filming on ‘Gilmore Girls’ started

Typically with TV reveals or motion pictures, actors learn traces collectively to see if they’ve chemistry because the characters they’re going to play. But that wasn’t the case for Graham and Bledel. 

They had been solid to play Lorelai and Rory with out even assembly one another first. Graham informed Glamour in 2016: “That’s crazy, isn’t that now to think of? We didn’t read together, they didn’t sit us down, they just were like, ‘Yeah.’”

Bledel and Graham first met at a resort in Canada earlier than taking pictures the pilot. Luckily, they obtained alongside from the beginning and so they got here throughout on the present as greatest associates who occurred to be mom and daughter.

Rory Gilmore was Alexis Bledel’s first main performing function 

When Bledel landed the function of Rory, the book-loving, coffee-drinking teen set on going to Harvard, it marked her first main performing function.

Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in 'Gilmore Girls'Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in 'Gilmore Girls'
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in ‘Gilmore Girls’ | The WB / Mitchell Haddad

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Then an 18-year-old pupil, Bledel simply so occurred to audition for a component on Gilmore Girls. New to performing and the method of filming a TV sequence, Bledel took notes from her TV tom. 

Lauren Graham helped Alexis Bledel hit her marks in early episodes of ‘Gilmore Girls’

This is the place Lorelai and Rory touching comes into play. During many early episodes of Gilmore Girls, Lorelai takes Rory’s hand or places her arm round her.

They weren’t gestures added to the script to make Rory and Lorelai seem nearer. No, they had been a maneuver by Graham to make positive Bledel hit her mark. 

Graham stated as a lot throughout a 2015 interview with TODAY, noting that what got here off as chemistry was simply her serving to Bledel with camerawork. 

“The camerawork on that show is very specific and we really had to hit certain marks, which especially when you start out, is just a foreign concept,” Graham stated. 

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She defined how she’d seize Bledel to get her to hit her mark.

“I remember a lot of times just kind of grabbing her, just kind of leading her arm,” Graham stated. “So, in the beginning, people are like, ‘You have such great chemistry.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m mauling her. That’s why.’”

Besides the camerawork, Bledel and the remainder of the Gilmore Girls solid needed to learn to navigate the fast-talking tempo of the dialogue.

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