Lauren Graham: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Answers All My Questions (Interview)

"There were so many plot points that weren’t sewn up in that seventh season."


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Lauren Graham
had lots of unanswered questions when GILMORE GIRLS wrapped up it’s seven season run on the CW in 2007.

Luckily, she says, they were all answered in the upcoming Netflix series GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE.

The four mini movies — each set in a different season — reunite Lorelai (Graham) with her now adult daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) and the rest of the crew from Stars Hollow.

And yes, even Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) makes an appearance!

Lauren gave us a sneak preview of the show — and revealed whether she would consider a return to PARENTHOOD next — when we caught up in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

What do you love most about Lorelai and how has she changed after 10 years?
I love the positive view she has on almost everything and the sense of fun and joy.  I would say not much has changed [with her] — which is where we start our story.  She has had a case of maybe some arrested development.  And something about losing her dad is going to propel her forward.  But with all the ways I loved the character, she is the same.

Did you always want to see a reunion happen?  Or was there a period where you didn’t think it would happen or weren’t interested?
It wasn’t any of those things.  It was never up to me to say “yes” or “no.”  There were discussions about making a film.  We weren’t sure what that would look like.  It just sort of evolved into what it became, which was a convergence of the way the world has changed and the right way to do this material.  We started having conversations in earnest I would say about two years ago.  Then it was slowly happening about a year ago.   We only had the backlot for a very small window before the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS had to take it back.  So everything had to happen in this certain way.  I am not a gushy actor, but it was part of the magic of what it felt like.  Everything just fell into place.

Whenever we talk to actors from iconic shows — like FRIENDS — and we ask about a reunion, they always say “you can’t go home again.”  Now that you have, what is your message to them?
None.  This was so unusual.  FRIENDS ended beautifully.  We ended on a season that wasn’t with the creator of the show.  With a show like this it is really quite a singular voice.  There were so many plot points that weren’t sewn up in that seventh season.  So even that was perfect in its own way.  So it wasn’t so much that we went home again as much as we needed to sort of give the answers to some of those questions.

Have you gone back to re-watch the old show?
I don’t watch myself.  I am writing a book that is coming out in November.  It is called “Talking As Fast As I Can.”  It is a book of essays that will come out the week after the show.  The two biggest chapters are “GILMORE GIRLS The First Time” and “GILMORE GIRLS The Second Time.”  So I kind of had to go back and scroll through a little.  I was kind of mainly struck by my outfits.  They were so crazy.

Can you paint a picture of your first day back on set with Alexis?
You don’t really have a first day on set.  You have a camera test or something that is sort of anti-climactic.  I am just in such a different place.  I was just very kind of emotional and excited.  I was emotional and, like, a mess.  Too emotional. I had to pull it together to say my lines.

What is your take on the four episodes?
I am sure there will be people who won’t be satisfied, but for me it was really satisfying.  There wasn’t any question left unanswered.  For me, personally.

Was there anything about the original show that you had forgotten?
I forgot the whole thing!  It was a blur of a time for seven years. We used to regularly do 15, 16, 17 hours.  Our last day of season 7 was 21 hours long.  It was the long scenes and dialogue.  So it was hard to remember.

Would you ever want to revisit PARENTHOOD?
I know Jason Katims has been quoted saying he could see doing a PARENTHOOD movie.  That is just such a wonderful group of people.  There is just no reason not to go to work there.  It was so wonderful and fun.  And then obviously somebody should call me to be in HELLO, DOLLY again, because Langley High School need a revival.

Speaking of high school, what would you tell your younger self who is about to embark on this crazy journey in show business?
It is all so different now.  It is hard for me to accept the degree of technology we have and also the exposure to famous people.  I just wanted to work in the theater in Washington D.C.  It didn’t even occur to me… There was no AMERICAN IDOL.  There was STAR SEARCH, which didn’t make (show business) look that great.  So I think it is just you focus on your work and have a sense of history that came before you and acting is a craft that you can go back and learn a lot from the people who came before you.  So stay out of the internet aspect of it.

What is a favorite show of yours that you would like to ask your friends at Netflix to bring back next?
I loved SIX FEET UNDER but they are all dead.  So I don’t know.  I am a freak for the GODFATHER movies.

What is on your to do list now that this is done?
I would like to do a half hour comedy.  I feel like I have had the best experience in the one hour space that I could possibly have.  I have had the best experience in the family drama space.

GILMORE GIRLS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE begins streaming November 25 on Netflix.

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