Vanessa Marano Shares Why You Should Love April

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The support for Gilmore Girls from fans has been amazing, particularly in the last couple of years as momentum grew for the revival of the series. When cast announcements came for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, everyone was over-the-moon about every name added. Except for that of Vanessa Marano. Despite being one of the sweetest women out there, and an admitted Gilmore Girls fan herself, there still exists a great deal of animosity toward her character, April. And Vanessa gets it, but offers advice for how to look at April a little differently. 

In an interview with Teen Vogue, Vanessa shares what it was like to be cast on the show as an existing fan and how she couldn’t turn down the part, even though she knew people would hate April:

I was a huge fan of the show. Basically, a [casting] breakdown came out that said, ‘Looking for a 13-year-old girl, quirky, will have a storyline with Luke.’ And I was like, they’re giving him a daughter! They’re giving him a daughter! I immediately just knew, because I’d been watching the show. [I thought,] ‘Luke and Lorelai are together now, it’s going on for two more seasons, so they’re going to have to break them up…and she’s gonna be the reason, and I’m going to hate her – I must play her.’ That was literally my crazy thought process…. If it’s the character who breaks them up, then whatever, I just want to be on Gilmore Girls.

Vanessa shares that the trademark red glasses that April wears were a prop she bought for the audition, though during the audition they were prescription glasses (which she doesn’t need). Vanessa has many favourite moments from playing April and how April has evolved now:

She’s still quirky and weird, which I think is great. She’s an adult now. I’ve graduated college when we see her. So she’s kind of figuring out who she is as an adult. I think she went to MIT, and is still the super weird mathematician scientist who lacks a little bit in social skills. But that’s what we love about her!

Vanessa explains that she’s totally Team Jess (and she has valid reasons for it if you read the article), but in another article with BuzzFeed, Vanessa goes on to explain that perhaps we should love April just a little bit more than we do.

“She was a really nerdy kid who never tried to be different [than who she was] — and that’s awesome,” she said. “I think that’s a super cool thing about Gilmore Girls, too — how they highlighted how important it is to be educated, and to be intelligent; how cool it is to be a girl, and to be really smart, and to not apologize for it. I thought that was a really cool thing the show did — in the character of Rory [Alexis Bledel], and then I feel like I got to do a little bit of that with April, too.”

As Vanessa notes, “don’t blame April” for what happened to Luke & Lorelai, and be thankful that all is well now! Let’s give April another chance, shouldn’t we?

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9 thoughts on “Vanessa Marano Shares Why You Should Love April

  • October 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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    I totally think all the hate towards April is ridiculous. I loved her character! She definitely fit perfectly into the girl power that is Gilmore Girls! And she didn’t break up Luke and Lorelai… They did that all on their own with their poor communication. They wouldn’t have made it at that point. Luke ~needed~ April to grow up and learn some flexibility and Lorelai needed to learn to speak up and ask for what she needs (before she swings to the opposite end of the spectrum and demands her needs are met and issues ultimatums.) April grew them both up and they needed that to be able to actually be able to maintain a real relationship.

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    • October 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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      Yeah, the hate really is ridiculous and I’m not getting it either.
      Although I don’t like the storyline of Luke suddenly having a child, April herself is pretty cute and I like her a lot. It is so not her fault that Lorelei and Luke broke up. They managed to do that by themselves.

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      • October 30, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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        Sorry for that spelling mistake in Lorelai. Auto-correction 😁

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    • November 1, 2016 at 11:54 am
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      agree! also i think the best storyline in the not so great 7th season was Luke fighting for the custody of his daughter! i hate Anna if i need to hate someone. she was insanely strict and unfair. yet, even she isn’t to blame for the breakup.

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  • October 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    Luke, never ask lorelia to marry him, so April showed up just in time for him to rethink marriage. To me I would have though that she was just an excuse to call things off. I don’t know if I could ever get past that. When April showed up, Anna run in and out just like she had a right, lorelia stay away till I tell you to come over.

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  • October 31, 2016 at 10:46 am
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    It never once occurred to me to blame April! Blaming a child for who her parent is our what he does? That is ridiculous. Frankly, the truth is that storyline didn’t hold true to the history of the characters. Luke under-reacted and Lorelai over-reacted… Anna was schizo… back and forth and in the end, April moved.
    I could go on… But one more point… One thing Anna said was (basically) “girlfriends come and go, being “engaged” isn’t being married…”
    And the first thing L & L do is postpone the wedding?!
    Where is their long standing belief of inclusion etc….
    It was disappointing.

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    • November 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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      I still say luke didn’t want to get married. I think he just like sleeping with her.he didn’t want her involved with any of his family. She hated jess, which surprized me, and he really didn’t have family he could count on

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  • November 1, 2016 at 1:30 am
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    I’ll be honest with you, the person I hold most responsible for the breakup is Luke. He was immature about the whole thing. I can’t blame him too much, because being something of a misanthrope can lead to bad social skills (if you don’t practice you can’t make perfect, after all), but the fault here really was 100% his.

    That said, I will never like April.

    He might be at fault, but if it weren’t for her, he wouldn’t have been in that difficult situation in the first place.

    She might not have been the reason they broke up, but she sure as hell was the instigating event for it. So, no, whatever argument you’d like to give for her being a fellow geek, I will never like her.

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