Michel Will Have a Love Life

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At a pop-up Luke’s Diner in Studio City, California, Yanic Truesdale spoke with Entertainment Tonight and revealed that Michel, the character he portrayed in seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, has something new in store in the revival: a love life. Referring to the past 7 seasons, Yanic noted:

“He would go on dates, but it was very vague — we didn’t see anyone or see the dates — so we’ll get to know much more about who he is personally. That’s the big change for me.”

Yanic described being back on the Gilmore set as feeling like a “high school reunion”, although he had stayed in touch over the years with Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Melissa McCarthy (Sookie) and Kelly Bishop (Emily). He commented on Alexis Bledel and how her character Rory is now roughly the same age as Lorelai when the series began.

“The dynamic between an adult and her mom is not the same dynamic as an adolescent and her mom, so that has changed, but [Lorelai and Rory] still have the same friendship and connection.”

Sidestepping the usual question about the famous “last four words”, Yanic did also say that those disappointed with Season Seven as “a half meal” will be very happy with the final four episodes.

“It will be a full meal with everything that made it special the first time around. Definitely.”

Yanic had earlier shared that he stopped by a Luke’s Diner pop-up because “it just felt natural to say hi,” and has given a number of fantastic interviews about the upcoming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, although this is the first time he alludes to something beyond a “personal life” and specifically mentions dating. It will be interesting to see more of Michel!

 

So much fun to surprise the fans and hang out. What a bunch of lovely people!#gilmoregirlsrevival #lukesdiner #netflix

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Thanks to David S. for contributing this post

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12 thoughts on “Michel Will Have a Love Life

  • October 13, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    I can’t wait! I watch the whole series over and over again.

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  • October 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    I love his comments and how happy he looks in that picture! Can’t wait to find out more about michel!

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  • October 13, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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    Do you think they’ll reveal that Michel is gay in the revival?

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    • October 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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      I think so!

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  • October 14, 2016 at 7:39 am
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    I always actually preferred that he wouldn’t be gay. Seemed more interesting that way.

    Having a man who’s so well-groomed and into Celine Dion and has such a close relationship with his mother and is so… well… stereotypically, “clearly gay” actually being gay seems bit… too easy.

    Plus, it’s not very politically correct, either, is it? I mean, I know there ARE gay people who are like that. Otherwise the stereotype wouldn’t exist, I suppose. And there’s nothing wrong with being like that, but, really, none of the gay people I’ve ever known were anything like as “obvious”, or as… made from the “standard” mold. Framing gay people that way again seems to reduce them a bit from the infinite possibilities of what they can be to a very specific and stereotypical set of attributes.

    And that’s wrong as well as, like I said, quite boring.

    To me, it would be like if a guy’s using Yiddish, he’s obviously Jewish. Or if someone’s dark skinned, he’s a Muslim.

    Just seems better AND more interesting if they don’t go down the obvious road. For him or anyone else.

    But that’s just my two cents.

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    • October 17, 2016 at 8:45 am
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      Hi Ginny,

      I hear your point but I think we need to lighten up a bit and remember it is a tv show and part of the charm of Michels character is the little whimsy Gayish stereo typical disposition, Yanic so marvelously plays. Michel is meant to be so obviously gay! There is nothing wrong with that either.
      Why in the world would the writers perpetrate Michel as being gay (ish), and then turn around and make his character heterosexual?
      Yanics character is purposely portrayed in this stereotypical way because in reality it is humorous! Lending to the shows quirky sense of humor.

      I.M.H.O that is, but to each his own

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      • October 24, 2016 at 8:30 am
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        Because the character of Michel on numerous occassions was told to be straight.

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    • October 18, 2016 at 7:23 am
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      Thank you! Well said!

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  • October 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm
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    “Why in the world would the writers perpetrate Michel as being gay (ish), and then turn around and make his character heterosexual?”

    Because a) There are people like that. b) It’s actually pretty funny when writers do that (The root of humour is surprise, after all). And c) Funny or not, it’s more interesting than playing into the audience’s preconceptions.

    But, yeah, to each his own. :) I suppose we’ll just wait and see.

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  • October 18, 2016 at 7:50 am
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    Not to perpetuate stereotypes, but most men who “act gay” are indeed gay or they’re narcissist, have borderline personality disorder, and/or are gender questioning, but that’s a whole complex conversation about sexuality, promiscuity, masculinity, femininity, gender roles and narcissism. It’s a convo better left off this particular site.

    As a gay man (not that a can speak for all homo dudes) I have two problems with revealing Michel’s sexuality in the revival. First, they had seven whole seasons to do so. Now, it feels like they’re playing catch-up, which feels cheap, which will feel contrived. Second, Michel is indeed such an over the top, one-dimensional stereotype (especially in the latter seasons) in a show that otherwise tries to give its supporting characters some depth. The only reason that character was funny was because they stayed clear of harping on his orientation and romantic life.

    Hopefully, they’ll have a small conversation about his “boyfriend” and leave it at that.

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    • October 26, 2016 at 6:14 am
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      As another gay man, I agree that it would be playing ‘catch up’ but that’s not really a bad thing… they didn’t make it obvious 10 years ago and instead relied on stereotypes, but now it’s a different time so they should make it right and allow him to be openly gay (not just the butt of the joke either!).

      I don’t think a big ‘coming out’ scene would really be appropriate, because it was played like everyone already knew, but to see him with a boyfriend would be sooooo great.

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