‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival: Luke Was Originally a Woman
It’s hard to imagine Gilmore Girls without the sparkling romance between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson). But, just for one second, try and imagine Stars Hollow without their over-caffeinated cuteness because according to showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino, their love story was not a part of the plan.
“Luke was originally a female character,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “[The network] came to me and said we need another guy, so I literally just took a character and changed the name, didn’t even change any of the dialogue because I’m that lazy.”
But, in an organic and wonderful way, the two actors’ rapport and constant bickering worked, according to Sherman-Palladino. Despite all the love interests that crossed paths with Lorelai, Luke always managed to make the most sense.
“It’s just this funny, weird chemistry that we had in terms of being complete opposites and also this built-in conflict of he has the thing she wants — which is coffee,” Graham said. “But in those first couple years, I had a bunch of different dates. Jon Hamm was one of them. We had Max Medina. It could’ve gone in any number of ways. It was just something about the two of those characters together that they kept going back to and then it kept growing.”
Oh, and if you’re wondering what Luke’s name would have been if he had been a “she” — it’s Daisy!
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix on Nov. 25, 2016.