Lauren Graham's favorite "Gilmore Girls" scenes to shoot were the show's famed Friday night dinners.
The actress was participating in a Q&A session to promote her debut novel, "Someday, Someday, Maybe" (Ballantine Books). But all anybody really wanted to talk was "Gilmore."
"You're all just here for the book, right?" joked Graham.
Have your dinner choices ever varied between burgers and chili cheese fries at Luke's or takeout Kung Pao chicken (or, rather, the entire Chinese chicken column) from Al's Pancake World? Have you ever bought meowing oven mitts at Le Chat Club? Is there a shop(pe) in your town devoted solely to twinkle lights? Ever accidentally shop(pe) lift a box of corn starch?
Scratching your head right about now? Then you've never lived in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
That's right, a show that's been off the air for nearly as long as it was on (it ran from 2000-2007) remains nestled in the hearts of fans to this day.
Although she was eager to talk about her book, Graham graciously satisfied the audience's "Gilmore" cravings, not unlike Lorelai's coffee addiction. Please, Lauren, please, please, please? We need our Gilmore. In a vat. Or we stop doing the standing and the walking and the words putting into sentence doing.
Graham recalled that her favorite scenes were the infamous obligation dinners at the Gilmore house (but deep down you just knew the Gilmore girls wanted to be there), particularly the ones in which Lorelai's mother, Emily (played by Kelly Bishop) was angry with her. Graham did recall that those scenes were particularly grueling to shoot because they had to be reshot at multiple camera angles.
"And the food was always terrible," she recalled. (Apparently, Liliana kept putting walnuts in the salad. Or Consuela put sugar on the grapefruit.)
Graham is also, like many "Gilmore" fans, partial to the Chilton years.
"I loved those earlier years," she gushed, "the first couple years!"
Graham admitted that in the early days of filming "Gilmore," she was too happy to have been hired for a gig to realize that Stars Hollow was something special.
"I was too new to be savvy enough to understand the impact something might have," she recalled. "At that point, I was still so excited to be up for something. I had done some series that had come and gone, I had done a couple of movies; but I wasn't where I wanted to be."
Graham, 46, said that when she read the script for the "Gilmore Girls" pilot, she was reminded of a James Lipton "Actor's Studio" interview with Christopher Reeve, in which the actor stated: "I know the part is right for me when I can't stand the thought of somebody else doing it."
Graham further reflected on getting the part of Lorelai Gilmore.
"This is such a strange career where on the one hand you're terribly, terribly nervous and you don't feel worthy," she said, "and on the other hand you have to believe that this job is yours and no one else's, or why would anyone else give it to you?
"It's this very high/low self-esteem, and I did have a very strong connection to it, and I did feel that I knew how it could sound. I knew what the intention was of that character. I've been right and I've been wrong about things like that, but I definitely had a confidence in terms of what I wanted to do with it."
Graham talked about how she was so new to the business at the time that when she went to The WB network (which has since merged with UPN to become The CW) upfront, she was devastated to learn that "Gilmore Girls" had the 8 p.m. Thursday time slot.
"I was like: Wait! Opposite 'Friends'?"
And she was convinced they'd be canceled. Turns out, it was a blessing in disguise.
"It was because we were in that insane time slot that they let it just be, you know, and that's as much a part of its success as anything. They didn't expect us to do anything because it was an impossible night."
When Graham joined "Gilmore," Alexis Bledel had already been cast as her daughter, Rory Gilmore.
"We never met until we started filming," Graham said. "She was brand new -- had never filmed anything."
Graham said that critics and audiences alike were onto something in the early "Gilmore" days when they noted the two actresses had amazing chemistry.
"There's a thing, especially on that show, where the camera moves," explained Graham, "it's very complicated, you have to be talking; everything has to be exactly right. Then you have to land at a certain mark. She'd never hit a mark before. And so I would put my arm around her and often be arm-in-arm with her."