Was the Young Lorelai a Good Fit?

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In ‘Dear Emily and Richard‘, we are given a series of flashback scenes that star Chelsea Brummet as Young Lorelai. I’ve always thought the casting was pretty good, at least visually. Perhaps Chelsea wasn’t as naturally spunky as Lauren Graham, but they look pretty similar, don’t you think?

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You can learn more about Chelsea Brummet at her website or imdb profile.

Here are all the ‘Young Lorelai’ scenes from this episode:

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Watch this episode of Gilmore Girls on TheWB.com here.

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17 thoughts on “Was the Young Lorelai a Good Fit?

  • November 14, 2009 at 11:18 am
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    they look pretty similar except for the eye color. which i think with alexis and lauren their eyes are so noticable that young lorelai was almost unrealistic with brown eyes..

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  • November 14, 2009 at 11:30 am
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    You can tell they tried to make her eyes look blue in the episode but you could still tell they weren’t.

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  • November 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm
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    Absolutely not. I never liked her. She played Lor horribly, and barely looked like her. They put those blueish purple contacts on her, but they looked horrible. Mostly, her acting was awful. I did not buy that she was Lor as a teen at all.

    There was a cut scene on the DVD box set that I saw recently. It was that actress in a maid’s outfit with a little girl, who was supposed to be Rory. They were walking through the Independence Inn one last time after it closed. I am so glad they cut that scene, because she was so not Lor in that clip.

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  • November 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm
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    In an earlier episode, when Rory is coming out, she finds a picture of younger Loralai and its a picture they took of Lauren and made her look younger. The picture looks exactly like Loralai because it is. So I think it was a bad idea to do the flash backs with another actress. They probably shouldn’t have done the flashbacks at all. Then again, i couldn’t come up with anything better

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  • November 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm
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    I’m not sure anyone could have pulled it off because Lauren is such an amazing actress and whoever was cast in that role had some big shoes to fill! Although they do look similar with the dark hair, the girl who played young Lorelai is a lot shorter than Lauren and they don’t even have the same eye color.

    I don’t like when shows do flashbacks and have other actors play a younger version of the characters. They should have just done what the writers on Friends did in “The One With the Prom Video” and had Lauren play the younger version of Lorelai. It’s a great episode because we get to see what it was like when Lorelai was a teen and actually were able to see the events that led up to her leaving home, but it almost ruins it for me to see another actor playing a character that I have such great affection for!!

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  • November 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm
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    I thiknk Chelsea was good, except for the eye color, that were obviously contacts.

    But the actor that was suposed to be Chris wasn’t that convincing, he doesn’t resemble David Sutcliffe. And having Lauren play a sixteen year old would have been worse.

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  • November 14, 2009 at 8:04 pm
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    I like the scenes as themselves and think they are revealing, especially as to how Lorelai and Christopher’s lives changed, what Lorelai saw in Christopher that would make her think his idea of marriage was not workable, and why her saying no the way she did would have such an impact on him.

    But I agree with Martin that she looked more like Lorelai than the actor who plays young Christopher, and with the others who note Lauren Graham’s speaking style. It’s very unique, and if you’ve seen the show in other languages, you hear both good and bad voices for the language track speaking in her style.

    My cousin does animation where often an actor’s voice can be made to sound young by manipulation – they probably should have had Lauren Graham and David Sutcliffe do the voice-overs and manipulate the sound, but maybe it would be harder to do with actors, especially Lorelai, as Lauren Graham makes her so unique.

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  • November 15, 2009 at 12:55 am
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    I probably have a little more fondness for the “young” Lorelai/Chris actors than most since their presence at the Gilmore’s just prior to their offscreen “lets make a Rory moment” was the first clip from GG that I ever saw. That was immediately followed by Lorelai looking for Rory at Sherry’s hospital so when I recognized Lauren [from her guest arc on News Radio] I knew I had tripped over GG purely by accident. After getting in synch with the pilot episode a few weeks later I have enjoyed watching ever since.

    I actually liked young Lorelai’s somewhat stilted voice as it indicated a strong and independent but not completely confident person who would eventually grow into the verbally confident and competent Lorelai of the entire series. The guy who played Chris though was a complete throw-away.

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  • November 15, 2009 at 3:09 am
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    sorry to say i really didnt like this ep – all the history just seemed pointless to me because i didnt buy either actor as the young lorelai or christopher, felt like i was just watching some other show! its a shame because it would have been nice to see the history if it felt real. nothing against the actors, they just looked way too different and had no chemistry. not sure if it would have been any better using the adult actors – friends could get away with it to an extent because it was a sitcom. ive never seen flashbacks done particularly successfully in dramas, maybe its just my bias tho!

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  • November 15, 2009 at 6:42 pm
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    Have not seen the episode in awhile but what sticks out for me is her body language. Confident even cocky. If I remember right she just throws her stuff around when entering the house.

    Like older Lorelai she likes her booze. I said before that I do not like it when she drinks. She makes mistakes and sleeps with Christopher.

    Although this time there is Rory to be thankful for.

    Rory(Alexis) does more talking with her eyes than anybody.

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  • November 16, 2009 at 8:24 am
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    I think that the young Lorelai was generally a fairly good fit. I was a little saddened to see what a brat she was though (by flinging her jersey on the floor and announcing it with the sole intention of infuriating her mother).

    She was a lot better than Christopher though! I don’t think that Loralai would have dated him in a million years ;)

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  • November 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm
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    I LOVED her as young Lorelai! I would have loved to see more of her, I have always wished they put the deleted scenes from the Season 3 finale in with her just to see this actress as Lorelai again.

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  • December 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm
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    I think Lorelai is a toned down version of her former self before Rory. So this younger Lorelai should have been spunkier and full of more pop culture references. And the blue eyes, come on people, the blue eyes are it, blue eyes= Gilmore Girl. I dont think the actress did a good job playing Lore, but I also think the writing could have used a tweek.

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  • March 17, 2013 at 3:53 am
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    she doesn’t look like her that much and her voice was really disturbing, high pitched and not as tomboy as real Lorelai even her charatceristics were all wrong. chris was bad too he could have been anyone. they should have scouted longer to find the right people or not have done the flashbacks at all

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  • March 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    She was horrible. She Didnt match the way Lorelie talks or her manurisms at all. I’m not saying shes a bad,actress I just cant believe they allowed her to portray Lorelie because they are not similar at all.

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    • May 9, 2019 at 2:00 am
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      Yes, it’s jarring – I wanted them to at least speak the same way… but who else could possibly play Lorelai?!

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