Michel’s Personal Life Finally Revealed

During the seven seasons of the original Gilmore Girls series, few clues were doled out about Michel’s background and personal life.  We knew that he was French, was so surly that it seemed improbable Lorelai would employ him, was obsessed with his weight and his dogs and Celine Dion, and was boldly confident about his skills as a dancer.  Other than that, there was no mention of some crucial points.  There were no details about his upbringing (other than us seeing his mother in one episode), how he’d ended up in Stars Hollow, where he lived, or who he dated.

Now, with A Year in the Life, we found out Michel is at this point married to a man and both are looking to adopt a child.  Yanic Truesdale spoke to Business Insider about this revelation:

I found out about it when I read the script.

Yanic had never previously discussed Michel’s sexuality with Amy Sherman-Palladino.  He along with everyone else was left to wonder:

Some fans thought I had a secret crush on Lorelai. I mean, everyone has their own take on him.

These new details gave Yanic more to work with:

You know, the fact that he’s married, the children issue, the crossroads with his work, and having to make big decisions in his life made me connect with him at a deeper level. And that was great. I’ve always wanted to have more personal stuff for him, because it’s satisfying to go there for an actor. So I’m happy about it.

For Yanic, sexuality was never a defining factor of how he played the character anyhow.

Mostly, he’s defined by his irritants or being French and everything that entails. This is the foundation that I’ve worked with, so either way, for me whatever his love life was didn’t affect my choices as an actor.

In the end, the gift to Yanic is that his character affected the larger story–something that Michel had never really done before.  At most, he had provided comic relief.  Here, because Michel needed to make more money to support his growing family, Lorelai was motivated to give Michel a bigger stake by expanding her business.  This dovetailed nicely with the storylines about Lorelai’s need to move forward in her life and the money Richard left to Luke, plus it cemented the bond between Michel and Lorelai.  Hopefully if there are more episodes, we’ll see them build their new Dragonfly Spa, with Michel as the manager. Apparently we already missed a pivotal scene about the purchase of the building!

6 thoughts on “Michel’s Personal Life Finally Revealed

  • December 8, 2016 at 6:14 am
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    You know, while Michel’s scene with Lorelai telling her that he was leaving was one of the 2 scenes that made me cry, I hate that she was getting money to expand. expanding, sure, keeping Michel, sure. i get those. but in a therapy session with Lorelai, Emily says that Lorelai only really comes to her when she needs money, and then at the end, what does she do. Goes to her just for money.

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  • December 8, 2016 at 11:49 am
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    I would love to see Michael as a father!

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  • December 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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    I always thought Michel could be gay. But I would have liked for the story to be more developed. Like showing they always knew but it took time for him to admit it, or something. Some comment at least cause it was a suspicion but not a given.

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  • December 9, 2016 at 12:10 am
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    Michel is a pleasure to watch, can’t imagine the Dragonfly without him!

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  • December 12, 2016 at 4:34 am
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    I was really glad we got to see more of Michel. Not only his sexuality but his motivations as well. The character got deeper and I just loved it. I think the whole extension of the inn or new spa or whatever Lorelai decides to do is gonna be amazing.

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