Like his character Luke Danes, Scott Patterson is completely in it.
Unlike its iconic Gilmore Girls persona, but the actor embraces technology, hosts his own podcast, I’m all in, with iHeartRadio, a move that would probably make the somewhat charming miser roll his eyes and point to his restaurant’s “No Cell Phones” sign.
But Patterson is epically committed to his new venture by dissecting his famously iconic series, which means we get to watch the iconic show — we’re talking all 154 episodes — for the first time ever.
Okay, not the first time ever, but it wasn’t of her own volition that the 62-year-old star watched a few outings, including one of Netflix’s four-episode revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, in 2016.
“I make the sausage, but I don’t eat it. I’m on it 12 to 14 hours a day, I don’t really want to consume it,” Patterson told E! News in a recent Zoom interview. “I saw the pilot and I saw ‘Winter’ because I was forced to see it at the premiere. I wanted to leave and my wife just grabbed my forearm and said, ‘Sit down. Sit down.’ I just don’t like looking at myself, it’s a sickening experience for me.”
So why then, as the podcast’s title implies, he decided to go all the way in and sign up to not only watch every episode, but discuss it in front of millions of people? It’s simple: he wanted to communicate with Gilmore Girls‘ “voracious” fan base.
“It was a really good idea to get the fans involved because they’re eager to take it on and they’re still kind of in the deep, if you like, of the Gilmore vibe,” Patterson explained. “It’s a very rich environment where they are very well versed and want to talk about it. This platform gives them another chance to talk about it.”
And when it came time to really sit down and look at himself, Patterson had no problem with it now because it had been so long. I barely recognize it [myself]. I’m like, ‘Who’s that young guy?'” he joked. “And it’s weird because I was 41 when I got the show, so I was still a little long in the tooth. I don’t mind now. I don’t judge. I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, how is this going to affect my career?’ I already know how it affected my career.”
His main takeaway from the fact that he’s been streaming several episodes on Netflix for the podcast thus far – “I was stupid trying to sign up with another company and they just weren’t carrying the show, so I canceled the subscription!” – is that the show is fantastic.” Cue every Gilmore Girls fan responds with a resounding “Oy with the obvious!”
“I just loved the performances, the writing is fantastic. I’ve laughed and laughed and laughed,” he gushed. “I just fell in love with every character and I was amazed at how good it was. I forgot how good it was. I’ve become obsessed with the show. So now I’m a super fan and I’m going to compete with the number one fans to become the number one fan. It knocks me out. I love the show.”
And Patterson’s only complaint is that the show hasn’t received major nominations at the Emmys or Golden Globes during its first seven years.
“That’s the big bottleneck for me. I get it, it’s a small network, it’s a different kind of financial model, it’s just smaller, we’ve reached about 6-7 million people,” he explained. “As compared to friends, it’s a fraction of what they got, but not recognizing the work is the entertainment industry crime of the century for me. I mean, how are you? Gilmore Girls, one of the great series in TV history, is kind of winding down as new generations keep discovering it. I’m approached by 7-year-olds and they say, ‘Luke!'”
And those interactions are just one example of the show’s lasting legacy, with Patterson saying, “Our real reward is fan loyalty.”
So, while Patterson is getting… Gilmore GirlsUltimate fan thanks to his rewatch, there are a few Luke-centric moments he’s nervous about reliving, especially Luke’s first kiss with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) in the Season Four finale. After years of anticipation and fan expectations that were feverish, the pressure was on and the couple knew it in that moment.
“We both wanted to get it right,” admitted Patterson. “We were sweating a little bit. The beauty of that scene is that everyone knew, the crew and the cast, usually, if they don’t have to be on set, they’re not on set. But everyone stayed and even people came out of their trailers, like, “They’re going to kiss, they’re going to kiss!” The whole studio!”
As any fan knows, the kiss more than lived up to the hype and cemented Luke and Lorelai’s reputation as one of the most iconic couples on TV, even as many other suitors were introduced to Lorelai during the show’s run.
“I never felt any real competition for her. It was all acting!” said Patterson, laughing. “Listen, it was just so good and the fans reacted so positively to it. And they didn’t like anyone else, they didn’t want her with anyone. That’s the beauty of it.”
While Lorelai’s romantic situation was more a matter of when, for daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) it was all about who?
Three major love interests were introduced throughout the series for Rory-Dean (Jared Padaleckic), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Logan (Matt Czuchry) – each man gathers his own loyal faction from the fanbase. And Patterson admitted that he was totally Team Jess, which makes sense considering the bad boy was Luke’s cousin.
“Listen, Jess is blood and you have to stay with family and that’s all there is to it,” Patterson said. “I’m a Northeast, I’m from Jersey!” (Although he’ll admit, “He had to grow up a bit. I identify strongly with that character because I was a bit like that when I was that age.”)
Five years after Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the debate over Rory’s love life rages on thanks to the series’ amazing cliffhanger: Rory is pregnant and hasn’t revealed who the father was.
Patterson has “some suspicions” about the baby’s paternity, but said: “My theory isn’t worth spitting up because every time I come up with a theory I get crushed and proven wrong, so I don’t do it this way time!”
Plus, there are more important issues to address, like are we going to get even more? Gilmore Girls after the resurgence helped the reboot trend get underway.
“I think it’s a very different environment now,” Patterson said. “Amy [Sherman-Palladino] is doing The wonderful Mrs. MaiselShe is very busy and successful with that. I don’t know if there’s any incentive to do it again for Amy. It’s up to her, it’s not really up to anyone else. I do not know. I don’t know what she thinks or what her feelings are about it, other than I’m sure she’s very fond of the idea.”
He continued: “But I don’t think they would have let the show hang on such a cliffhanger if there wasn’t a friendly plan to do more. I’m optimistic.”
And we’re all in.
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