16 things you probably didn’t know about ‘Gilmore Girls’

‘Gilmore Girls’ had a lot going on behind the scenes. The WB via Netflix
  • The WB/The CW’s “Gilmore Girls” premiered in October 2000, and the hit show was revived as a Netflix miniseries back in 2016.
  • Even after 20 years, the show still has a huge fan base, but many have probably never heard these fun facts and hidden gems.
  • Melissa McCarthy almost didn’t play Sookie, but the role of Paris Geller was specifically written for actress Liza Weil.
  • Several supporting actors played more than one character on the show, including Sean Gunn.
  • Alexis Bledel doesn’t like coffee, and the show’s Friday-night dinners at the Gilmores weren’t as tasty as they looked.
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The “Gilmore Girls” fandom is alive and well, even 20 years after the show’s premiere. But there are some things about the beloved CW series that even fans don’t know.

Read on for some fun facts and hidden gems you should know about “Gilmore Girls.”

There were more than just 1,000 yellow daisies during Max’s proposal to Lorelai.

The room was large, so there were tons of flowers in it for the shot. The WB

Though they never ended up actually getting married, Max (one of Rory’s teachers at Chilton) memorably proposed to Lorelai by sending her 1,000 yellow daisies early on in the series.

But in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, cocreator and long-time writer and producer Amy Sherman-Palladino disclosed that because the set was so large, there were way more than 1,000 daisies in the room.

“A thousand yellow daisies actually sounds like a lot, but when you put a thousand yellow daisies in a big room, like our set, it’s kind of like a table arrangement,” Sherman-Palladino told the publication. “Three or four times we had to send people back to get yellow daisies. I think we wiped out yellow daisies on the West Coast.”

In the end, they had “thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands” of flowers for the scene.

“Gilmore Girls” was Alexis Bledel’s first major acting gig.

Alexis Bledel was new to acting in the early 2000s. The WB

Though Alexis Bledel would go on to make it big in film and on TV, “Gilmore Girls” was her first big acting job. Before starring as Rory, she’d only had one, uncredited, film role.

Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai, said she had to physically move Bledel to make sure she was in the right place because the young actress was that much of a newbie.

“There’s a thing, especially on that show, where the camera moves,” Graham told CNN in 2013. “It’s very complicated, you have to be talking; everything has to be exactly right. Then you have to land at a certain mark. She’d never hit a mark before. And so I would put my arm around her and often be arm-in-arm with her.”

She continued, “So we’re hanging onto each other. I’m literally pulling her to and fro. But she learned very quickly and is obviously a natural, so it’s just one of those things that happened to work.”

Graham and Scott Patterson quit smoking for their roles.

Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson on ‘Gilmore Girls.’ Warner Bros.

In a November 2020 New York Times feature, Scott Patterson – who played Luke – said that he and Graham quit smoking so they could keep up with their characters’ fast-paced dialogue.

He said Graham “needed her wind” and he needed his.

Melissa McCarthy wasn’t Sherman-Palladino’s original choice for Sookie.

Alex Borstein was hired before Melissa McCarthy got the role. The WB

Melissa McCarthy became an absolutely vital part of the cast in her role as Sookie, Lorelai’s best friend, coworker, and co-owner of The Dragonfly. But she wasn’t the first actress who was cast in the role.

In 2013, Alex Borstein told BuzzFeed that she was originally cast as Sookie – and even played her on the unaired pilot. However, she was also acting on the sketch-comedy show “MADtv” at the time, and her contract didn’t allow her to do both shows.

Borstein did get to guest-star on “Gilmore Girls” as Drella the harpist and Emily’s stylist, Miss Celine, though.

Sean Gunn, who played Kirk on the show, originally appeared as “Mick” and “Swan Guy.”

Sean Gunn was credited as more than one character on ‘Gilmore Girls.’ The WB

If you’ve rewatched “Gilmore Girls” a number of times, you may have caught on to the fact that Sean Gunn, who eventually become a series regular, didn’t always play Kirk.

On season one, episode two, he was credited as Mick, the DSL installer. He also played “Swan Guy,” a delivery man for the Independence Inn, on season one, episode three.

Graham was a producer for the show’s final season.

Lauren Graham starred on and produced ‘Gilmore Girls.’ Warner Bros.

When original showrunners, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, left the show after its sixth season, Graham stepped up as a producer for season seven.

“I really felt strongly that I was doing the job of a producer. And in order to imagine moving forward – which I was imagining at the time – I really hoped they would recognise the different job I was doing. And eventually they very nicely did,” she told TV Guide in 2007.

She continued, “When the creator of the show is gone, the actors end up being the people who have been there the longest. And I got more involved with where the story was headed, and felt that I was having more of an active role. I just thought it was warranted.”

Paris Geller was written specifically for Liza Weil.

Liza Weil auditioned for Rory but ended up getting a character written for her. The WB

Liza Weil is so memorable as Paris Geller, but Weil actually originally auditioned for the role of Rory.

BuzzFeed News reported that although Weil, didn’t get the leading role, Sherman-Palladino called her and said that she’d like to write a different character specifically for her, Paris.

Jackson wasn’t initially supposed to be a series regular.

Jackson started as a guest star. The WB

Per Teen Vogue, Jackson Douglas (who played Jackson on the show), said during the 2016 “Gilmore Girls” Fest that he originally auditioned for the show with his then-wife Borstein, who played Sookie on the unaired pilot.

Jackson was written as a guest role, but Sherman-Palladino like his chemistry with McCarthy, so the plan changed and he became a recurring character who married Sookie.

The cast didn’t always understand the pop-culture references the show became known for.

Sometimes they had to look up the pop-culture references. The WB

“Gilmore Girls” is known for the niche pop-culture references that were packed into each and every episode. And although the Gilmore girls on the show clearly knew what they were talking about, the cast wasn’t always as clear.

In a 2010 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bledel said, “we’d have to look them up on our own, typically.”

Chris Pine auditioned for the show — and it was his very first professional audition.

Chris Pine could have been on the show. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

In an interview with the UK’s Daily Record, Chris Pine said that his first audition was for “Gilmore Girls.”

He later told W magazine that he wasn’t sure what part he would have played, but it was “maybe a boyfriend” because that seemed to be his original typecast.

Lane’s boyfriend Dave “went to California,” and actor Adam Brody left the show for “The OC.”

Dave Rygalski left Stars Hollow to be Seth on ‘The OC.’ The WB/ The CW

If you’ve watched “Gilmore Girls,” and were also a general fan of teen shows in the 2000s, you may have noticed that Adam Brody played Lane’s boyfriend Dave.

He was only on the show for a little bit before his character,Dave Rygalski, left Stars Hollow to go to college in California – and in real life, Brody left the show to star on the new California-based teen series “The O.C.”

Alexis Bledel’s coffee cup did not contain coffee.

Alexis Bledel preferred drinking soda. The WB

Both Lorelai and Rory were known as voracious coffee drinkers, but Bledel’s cup wasn’t full of coffee.

According to Vanity Fair, since Bledel disliked coffee, her cup was typically filled with soda instead.

Graham’s cup wasn’t always filled with coffee either.

Lauren Graham would sometimes drink water. The WB

Although Bledel typically forwent the coffee because she just didn’t like it, Graham sometimes opted out of coffee for a different reason.

In a 2015 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Graham said that since she tends to drink a lot of coffee off-set, so she sometimes switched it with water while filming.

“… In real life where if I had anymore, I was going to keel over dead,” she said. “So sometimes there was water in there.”

Jess only appeared on the scene to put off Luke and Lorelai’s relationship a little longer.

Jess was written in as an obstacle. Warner Bros. Television

Many “Gilmore Girls” fans say that they’re #TeamJess, but the character, memorably played by Milo Ventimiglia, was actually written into the script to put off a Luke-Lorelai relationship a little while longer.

Sherman-Palladino told Mental Floss that she looked for “obstacles that are real to put in their way,” – one of which, apparently, was the storyline surrounding Luke’s nephew, Jess.

Bledel can speak Spanish, so Rory’s struggle with the language was all acting.

Spanish is Alexis Bledel’s first language. The WB

Although Rory struggled with Spanish on the show, Bledel does not have issues with the language in real life.

In 2013, the actress told Parade, “Spanish was my first language. My parents spoke it to me when I was a baby, and I learned English when I went to preschool.”

The food at Friday-night dinner was not as tasty as you’d think.

Lauren Graham loved filming these scenes but not eating the food. The WB

One of the mainstays of the show was the Gilmore family’s Friday-night dinners.

According to CNN, these were Graham’s favourite scenes to film, but she said that the food typically wasn’t very good.

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