Happy 10th Anniversary, Gilmore Girls!
The head spins thinking of a time when there wasn’t a Stars Hollow, nor a brainy girl and her daring mother carving out a life against the tremendous odds single-parent families face the world over.
In honor of that first airing, here’s a short excerpt, and the first, from The Gilmore Girls Companion, about the day Alexis Bledel was discovered by the New York casting office for Warner Brothers.
The first day she walked into the casting office, “I remember immediately being struck by her beauty, and just something about that innocence that she had” says Jeff Block, the casting director at the time the pilot was being made. But after having her read through a couple of scenes, he thought, “Hmmm, she’s not ready to come in yet. It was a little too rough.”
He gave her some notes about how he thought the character should be performed, and arranged to meet her again a few days later at the office. Upon her return, they again worked on her performance together.
“And then he put her on tape,” recalls his assistant, Alison Goodman. “He came over to my desk and said, ‘You have to come and see this.’”
By this time, Bledel had left for the day. “I went into this tiny little office that we used to use as a tape room and he showed me what she looked like on the TV. And no joke, she looked like a Botticelli angel. Her face — in person it was very pretty, very quiet — but there was something about her on camera – she lit up on TV. She looked like an angel, and we were like ‘Oh my God.’”
And on the 10th anniversary of Gilmore Girls, so say we all.