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!