It was recently revealed that Emily Kuroda would be revising her role as Mrs. Kim on the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival, Gilmore Girls: Seasons. Emily recently gave an interview with NBC about her life, how she got into acting and her thoughts on the reboot series. If you read on to the very end, she drops a large spoiler about how much we’ll be seeing Mrs. Kim.
The the interview, Emily shares about her family’s struggles growing up after the war and how, as a shy person, it was through theater and plays that she started to “come out of her shell” and find her voice. After taking theater in college, she later joined East West Players in LA, working professionally as an actor in a tight-knit community of other actors.
Emily, who does a lot of theatrical productions, shares the challenges of working on TV, particularly on a show like Gilmore Girls.
“Sometimes we get the scripts the night before, and I’m not that quick anymore. You look at a normal script, and it’s like 100 pages, and then you look at a “Gilmore” script, and it’s like 200 pages because people talk so fast. Although it was a lot of fun, it was hard. You don’t really get to rehearse. You have to work perfect, be fast, hit your mark, and say it.”
Emily says that, from the start, Gilmore Girls’ direction helped eliminate her character as being just another stereotype, taking away “what Hollywood normally wanted in an Asian mom,” which was so great. And we agree, part of why we like Mrs Kim is that she is so off-centre.
“I’m surprised! She’s so mean oftentimes in the show. The thing is, it comes out of love, and luckily they supported that undertone so she was more than just a mean mom…”
Over time, Mrs. Kim evolved as a character, in part thanks to what the writers picked up from Emily Kuroda herself, playing to her strengths. One of those is the great relationship she had with Keiko Agena, who plays daughter Lane Kim on the show. The pair have continued to do some performance art shows together, and are still friends, which is lovely to hear.
When it comes to the Gilmore Girls revival, Emily shares her amazement in how many people were brought back together for the “wonderful reunion of everyone,”
“I had thought, “My god, the characters that have gone through Stars Hollows in seven years, how are you going to pick who gets to be in these four 90-minute episodes?” But they crammed a lot in!”
Emily shares that it’s great to have Amy Sherman-Palladino back at the helm for writing, as she is the “heart of the show,” and that was missing from Season 7, as we know.
“I was so happy to see her [Amy] and her husband Dan, who’s going to direct the episode I’m in.”
According to the interview, it looks like Mrs. Kim may be in only 1 episode? That would be sad!
According to a recent casting notice, there will be “Young Korean Singers” in the Spring episode of Gilmore Girls, for a choir. Perhaps Mrs. Kim will have a choir during her episode?
The real question is: will we meet Mr. Kim before the end of Gilmore Girls: Seasons? What do you think?