As alluded to in my previous post sharing the great news of Alexis Bledel becoming a mom, Scott Patterson recently gave an interview with Glamour talks about the current “complex” state of Lorelai and Luke, his thoughts on the last four words, and much more.
As we have heard from others, the Gilmore Girls revival, Gilmore Girls: Seasons is trying to stay true to the original vision and personality of the show, and Scott shares the same can be seen of Luke. Additionally, because he’s Luke, we may notice even fewer changes:
“He’s not a guy who changes terribly much. I guess he’s a little more content and a little more mellow, but not a lot has changed with him. I’m the one that changed more than he did. It was a little daunting putting those clothes back on and putting that skin back on, but therein lies the challenge, right?”
— Scott G. Patterson (@ScottGPatterson) February 19, 2016
And, not just clothes, but THE HAT:
“I don’t think the hat was there at the wardrobe fitting, but it was waiting for me in the trailer on day one. I do distinctly remember putting it on and hearing the music of the angels descending from above. It was like turning on a switch. That hat is the key to the character, so it really helped. I felt a little lost in table reads because I didn’t have the hat on. As soon as I put the hat on and walked on set, things got very familiar. It’s strange how that is.”
Of course, Luke is not just Luke anymore. He’s part of “Luke & Lorelai,” and the article wonders how their relationship is now:
“We picked up where we left off. The chemistry has always been very, very natural and very easy with her and not surprisingly, it remains that way… It was as effortless and as fun as it’s always been.”
Just now both of them wear reading glasses, as he quips in the article. Scott continues that Luke & Lorelai continue to be a complex pair:
“It’s as complex and entertaining as it’s always been—if not more so, actually. In these four mini movies, the relationship is really ramped up and the stakes are much higher … It’s fun playing it, and it’s different. There’s some really juicy stuff in there. I think the fans are going to be wowed by it. It’s a little different from the show because they were hour shows. These are hour and a half movies, so the scripts are longer—considerably longer…”
Scott then talks about Luke’s relationship with Rory, which has always been fatherly, and how he retracts being “Team Dean” and is now team “none of them were good enough for her,” a stance I know many of you also take. Scott then also talks about the evolution of Luke’s relationship with April, and even his fandom for Melissa McCarthy, whose sense of humour he credits with her amazing success.
“She’s a very dedicated actress who is also incredibly funny. She was always very natural with her humor; it was never forced. She was just that person. She was the most likable and funny person and so talented.”
Lauren Graham previously shared her own thoughts on the last 4 words, saying they are “not as resolved” as she expected, and “actually not an ending,” with Alexis Bledel saying the ending would “throw you,” so what does Scott have to say?
“They actually moved me. I was very moved to hear them. It may be because I was thinking along the same lines, and it sort of matched or lined up with how I felt it should end.”
Read the rest of the interview here, including Scott’s thoughts on missing Edward Herrmann on set.
Image: Saeed Adyani for Netflix