29 Things You Didn’t Know About Gilmore Girls

Where you lead, I will follow...

Gilmore Girls

by Katie Rosseinsky & Shana Lynch |

We get it, some weekends are a little slower than others... Maybe you're lacking motivation, have no plans for once, or simply would rather curl up under your duvet. Either way, there's never a wrong time to catch up with TV's best mother-daughter duo.

We're talking about Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, of course. With all seven seasons plus [Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life](http://Why Lauren Graham Will Never Watch The Gilmore Girls Revival) available to stream on Netflix, there's really no excuse not to pour yourself the biggest cup of coffee you can and stock-up on all your favourite treats.

But before you make your return to Stars Hollow, there's plenty of time to catch up on the Gilmore Girls trivia that might have escaped your notice. They do speak really fast, after all...

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Her coffee cups were filled with Coke during filming instead.

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Before Rory, her biggest role was appearing in the background of Wes Anderson's film Rushmore. While studying at NYU, she decided to give the audition a shot.

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With Alexis new to acting, her on-screen mum Lauren Graham would literally steer her into place to make the shoot go smoother. A classic Lorelai move, we say.

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The showrunner left Gilmore Girls after six seasons at the helm, due to a disagreement over contracts. She's since revealed that she would have found it difficult to watch the characters she created being taken out of her control, though we're guessing the rest of the GG team has brought her up to speed ahead of the Netflix revivalu2026

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Over seven seasons of the show, it picked up a sole Emmy nod for Outstanding Make-Up for a Series (awarded for 'The Festival Of Living Art' in Season Four).

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The network, however, thought the show had too many female characters as cast regulars, and that Stars Hollow needed a male lead, so Daisy became Luke.

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Scott Patterson was only contracted for a handful of episodes, until the producers (and fans) became aware of his on-screen chemistry with Lauren Graham.

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On screen, we see Rory chatting with Esperanza in high school Spanish, but in real life, the actress (who is of Argentinian descent) is fluent – she grew up speaking Spanish with her family, and learnt English when she started school.

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As Gilmore Girls legend goes, Amy Sherman-Palladino took a trip to this picture-perfect New England town, returning with an idea for Stars Hollow. Earlier this year, Washington Depot hosted the first Gilmore Girls Fan Fest ahead of the Netflix revival.

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While these two fictional locales might look identical, Stars Hollow and Rosewood couldn't be more different. It's hard to imagine a psychotic cyber-criminal running amok in Stars Hollow, where all problems are solved by trading one-liners and coffee.

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The average script for a one-hour TV show runs to between 45 and 50 page; the average script for an episode of Gilmore Girls ran between 75 and 80 to allow for the speedy back-and-forth dialogue. As the show's tagline put it, 'life's short, talk fast.'

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Dialogue coach George Bell ended up appearing as Professor Bell when Rory went to Yale

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Actress Vanessa Marano didn't like her character too much, either. 'When I got the breakdown for the role, I was like "You're giving Luke a daughter! This is going to break them up,"' she told A. S. Berman in The Gilmore Girls Companion. '"I hated myself. How can my character do this?"'

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While she wasn't quite right for the part, she managed to impress Amy Sherman-Palladino so much that she created a new character, Paris, especially for her.

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Folk star Carole King re-recorded her 1970 song 'Where You Lead' (taken from the album Tapestry) especially for Gilmore Girls, with the lyrics subtly shifted to mirror the show's mother-daughter relationship, and the vocals shared with her daughter, Louise Goffin.

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The singer appears in three episodes across the show's seven seasons as Sophie Bloom, the owner of Stars Hollow's music store.

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Especially if they involved arguing with Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore). These scenes took a particularly long time to shoot, as they used different perspectives and camera angles.

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At the Gilmore Girls Fan Festival this year, casting director Jami Rudofsky revealed that she invited Ryan (who she had previously cast in an independent movie) to read for a small role on the show. The audition, however, fell flat, and Ryan never made it to Stars Hollow. Let's just take a moment to imagine what might have beenu2026

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You'll recognise her as Marjorie Houseman, Baby's mother in Dirty Dancing (one of many films referenced or name-checked by Rory and Lorelai).

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Remember the episode where Jess heads to California to meet his father? It was supposed to open the door for a spin-off show, but filming costs were too high and the series never made it to our screens. Far better that the Gilmore Girls legacy remains untarnished by spin-offs, we say.

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It makes for quite the reading listu2026

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Pre-Mad Men, he appeared in Season Three as Peyton Sanders, Lorelai's rich but very dull date.

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She went on to marry Vincent Kartheiser (who played Pete) in 2014.

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FYI, Jess, Dean and Logan all appear in the Netflix revival.

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Rory's first love interest was played by actor Nathan Wetherington, but the show's team didn't think he was quite right for the character, and swapped him for Jared once the show was picked up by Warner Brothers.

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Stars Hollow's resident odd-job man is introduced in the first episode in a different guise altogether: that of the equally abrasive Mick, who installs internet cables (remember those?) in the Gilmore home.

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When Adam's character Dave (boyfriend to Rory's best friend Lane, keep upu2026) leaves after one season, Lane reveals that he went off to study in California. In fact, the actor left Gilmore Girls to star as Seth Cohen in The OC which, of course, takes place in Orange County, California (Californiaaaa...)

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That's where Chad Michael Murray went to film his roles on Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill.

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Due to her premature departure, though, we didn't hear them at the end of season seven, and will have to wait until A Year In The Life airs to find outu2026

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