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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