Kelly Bishop: The Anti-Emily
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I spoke with Kelly Bishop this afternoon. Yes, I know these are actors who have played many different roles throughout their professionals lives. But she is just so good at breathing life into Lorelai’s perpetually-disappointed, ever-disapproving mom, Emily. Yes, I will admit that a part of me was worried that I was going to get that “more beer, Luke” tone of Emily’s, and then of course I would have to break down and cry. (There’s just no coming back from that during an interview…)
Imagine my relief when she turned out to be as gracious and witty as her on-screen persona is stern and dismissive. I’m very appreciative of her wonderful insights into everything from the reason for Emily’s behavior to the 16-hour days she regularly endured during the series. Special thanks for many entertaining behind-the-scenes stories about the making of Gilmore Girls.
For more on the wonderful Kelly Bishop, please visit this information-packed Web site about her career, created by friend of The Gilmore Girls Companion Cira.