Kelly Bishop is bringing back Emily Gilmore, although not without a few technical hi-cups related to the table read, which she did remotely from her home. Aside from that, in an interview with Ausiello, Emily shares how great it is to be back in Emily’s shoes after 8 years away, though how sad it is to be missing the partnership of Edward Herrmann, who passed away this time last year.
“It’s going to be very difficult… We so miss him. We’ve missed him since we found out he had died. It’s going to be very hard doing it without him, because he and I were buds on the show. We, obviously, were older [than the rest of the cast]. But we were also New York actors, and we connected very well. We always did our crossword puzzles together in the hair-and-makeup room. That was one of our little routines. There was a comfort level…. [Sighs] It’s going to be hard without him…
Ed’s probably going to be hovering around the set a bit and watching over us. I really do believe that. Because he really loved the show.”
And what about Emily? Will she miss her Richard? Of course, and in a truly Emily way:
“Well, because of the fact that Emily lost her husband, she’s kind of a raw nerve. In a desperate attempt to push through [her grief], she blows between right on the edge of losing it to almost being a little manic.”
Kelly has some thoughts into the character of Emily Gilmore and why she is often “so hard,” believing that she is actually an insecure person, and hopes that her new widowhood gives her an opportunity to grow. She does spill some spoilers:
“However, let’s face it, good comedy and good drama always comes from conflict. And there always has to be conflict between me and Lorelai. If we got along we’d all be falling asleep in front of our televisions. She’s a very confused woman in a lot of ways. She’s secretly very proud of Lorelai, and yet she’s really mad at her, ever since she was 16 and got pregnant. She’s still holding on to that.”
Kelly shares that the “scripts are really good” and it’s been a “delicious” experience bringing back the characters. Kelly shares that Liza Weil will be revising her role as Paris, so I’m updating my post on who is coming back with that!
I have great respect for Kelly as a person and as an actress. With her husband not well, she is sacrificing a lot to be back on the screen for us, and for herself. So, thank you Kelly!
“This show is so deeply important to me, on so many levels. Part of it is the idealistic actor thing where you just want to do good material and feel proud of yourself. I work with such delightful people. I’m madly in love with Lauren — I was from practically the first day we said hi. It was just one of those situations where I was doing a really wonderful character with amazing writing with really good people. And I happen to love the Warner Bros. lot. I just think it’s gorgeous… I have to finish this out. And it’s great knowing how excited fans are.”