At a Netflix event in New York, Kelly Bishop told UK’s Radio Times that while filming the revival episodes of Gilmore Girls, she felt lonely on the set without Edward Herrmann, the actor who played her onscreen husband, Richard Gilmore.
Due to the fact that Edward Hermann passed away in 2014, Richard Gilmore’s death was written into the revival, apparently providing a natural albeit sad way for the surviving Gilmores to come together. This leaves a huge hole in Emily Gilmore’s life which was mirrored in Kelly’s life as well since she was close to Edward, even sharing a trailer with him during the filming of the original series.
“Edward and I, not only did we enjoy working together, we were friends. We became friends very quickly when we started the show back in 2000 and we maintained our friendship after the show was over.”
In filming the revival, Kelly found herself missing Edward on-set:
“[Lauren Graham] was off, sitting there with her laptop writing another book, so I didn’t have her to really talk to, Alexis is pretty quiet and shy and doesn’t talk anyway, so I was just kinda standing around, swinging my arms, not knowing what to do, so I was lonely without him, I must say”.
[The reference to Lauren Graham writing must be for her soon-to-be-published Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between).]
Kelly felt that Edward would have loved to be part of the revival:
“It was so sad because I know he would have loved doing this and there was just sort of an empty feel. There was a space where he was supposed to be, so he certainly was with us, and he’s very prevalent in the show so that will make everybody happy I think, who’ll miss him, but I’m sorry he couldn’t be with us.”
As for Emily’s journey, for which we’ve only seem glimpses of (including a shocking appearance in jeans):
“Through the course of the four chapters, she manages to find a sort of… maybe ‘serenity’ is the right word. She starts to get herself back into focus, but at first she’s really way off.”
Kelly knows that fans are getting very excited about the show’s return:
“I hope the fans like it as much as they’re expecting to. That’s the only thing that’s scaring me. They’re getting so excited, they go, ‘Ooh!’ I hope you’re all good with this. I think [you] will be, because I liked it.”