More than Madeline


There’s nothing like starting the weekend with a conversation about Gilmore Girls, and when that conversation happens to be with actress Shelly Cole (Madeline), you’re in for a real treat. That’s what I discovered Saturday.

It has to be said that there is no shortage of nice people involved in Gilmore Girls; I’ve had the good fortune to speak with many of them. But every now and again you come across someone so unjaded, so down to Earth, you wonder if Hollywood is really the soul-eater many people say it is. (It probably is; there are just some people who guard their souls a bit more carefully than others.)

While Shelly enjoyed her time as the “away with the fairies” Madeline, she has since played a number of roles on television and in film, many as dark as Madeline was warm and friendly. Her latest, as a determined young woman who takes up the clippers in a previously men’s only barbershop in The Village Barbershop, (see photo above) may be the first since Prey for Rock and Roll to demonstrate her range.

Gilmore Girls fans will enjoy her recollections of behind-the-scenes life at Chilton and beyond in The Gilmore Girls Companion. But they also will discover someone very special behind fan favorite Madeline.

  1. Adina
    March 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Shelly is an awesomely sweet and friendly person (I’ve had the pleasure of chatting briefly with her a few times online) and an amazing actress. She was incredible in The Village Barbershop, and I can’t wait to read about her Chilton memories!

    • March 2, 2010 at 5:43 am

      I wholeheartedly agree, Adina. Shelly is one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure to talk to for this book, and in the television/movie business as a whole. She rocks 🙂

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