Melissa McCarthy made fans everywhere rejoice when she announced her return to Gilmore Girls for the Gilmore Girls: Seasons revival on Netflix, after many long weeks of waiting and a great deal of speculation. While Melissa initially referred to a “strange” situation that led to her not being invited back for the revival, she was nothing but excited in sharing the good news of her return.
It was never the intention of show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for this strange situation to occur, having always wanted Melissa on board, but it’s likely that assumptions and miscommunication were to blame. Thankfully, both parties came to the table and they worked hard on making it happen. In a recent interview, Melissa’s good friend and co-star Yanic Truesdale shared a little more context to the miscommunication:
“She didn’t need to be talked into it! She wanted to do it from the start,” he explains of the obstacles preventing the Ghostbusters star from reprising her star-making role. “It was miscommunication, from what I understand, and also her scheduling,” he continues. “They figured it out, clearly, and there’s no one that is happier than me.”
Since the confirmation did not come right away, scenes had to be written for Melissa McCarthy’s return. Yanic shares that he doesn’t know, but he assumes that his character, Michel, will share a scene with Sookie for her return.
“I think Amy [Sherman-Palladino] knows what she will be writing but it hasn’t been written from what I know,” he says. “Melissa’s storylines were always at the Inn with me so I really doubt that we wouldn’t have a scene together.”
As for being back on set, Yanic shares that it has been wonderful:
“It had been a long time and as an actor you’re trained to move on once a project, a play, a show, has ended, so I thought Gilmore Girls was in the past—even though I live with it on a daily basis with fans and people talking to me every day about it or about my character. So the show’s impact was still very much in my life,” he says. “But to go back on set, on the set that was destroyed and rebuilt the same, there’s a very strange feeling to it. It’s like going back to a house that you grew up in, but at the same time it’s exciting because you have another shot that’s something that was very meaningful and had impacted a lot of people. It’s exciting to have something new to give to the fans!”