Lauren Graham Finally Feels She Found Closure for Lorelai
“I don’t know that I’ll ever be part of something else that means so much to people, and that’s okay — I’m glad I just got one.”
For as much as reprising Lorelai in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life meant to Lauren Graham, she knows it meant even more to the show’s fans. In the end, she says, it’s the fans who brought her back to Stars Hollow.
Graham, 50, recently sat down with IndieWire to discuss everything from her decision to return to the show, to the one line that ultimately brought her closure. “As much as the show means to me, it possibly means even more to the people who love it,” she told reporter David Ehrlich. “They’ve re-watched it many times, they’ve taken it with them to a different age, they’ve shown it to their kids…”
She continued: “You can’t ever escape it, and my feeling now is that you shouldn’t try. I don’t know that I’ll ever have that kind of connection to something again. I don’t know that I’ll ever be part of something else that means so much to people, and that’s okay — I’m glad I just got one.”
As for the part of the revival she finds most meaningful? Surprisingly, it’s not the show’s famous four last words. It’s the story about the giant pretzel covered in mustard she tells her mother in the beginning of the first episode. The four-minute phone call between mother and daughter when Lorelai recounts how her father bandaged her emotional wounds with something as simple, and inexpensive as a pretzel. In that moment—one of the longest monologues in television history—a lifetime of guilt, anger and love all finally comes to the surface. Like Lorelai, in this moment Graham finally got the closure she needed.
“I thought it was so beautiful,” Graham said. “It is, ultimately, a story about a pretzel, yet it is the way she got to express her love and her devotion to her father and mother, and it’s in the form of this tiny, little, small life moment. That, to me, is what the show does so beautifully.”
Happy with where the show ended, now Graham said she’s happy to explore life behind the camera. “I kind of got what I wanted out of this,” she explained, “out of being an actor, and now I’m actually just as interested in helping somebody else have that, whether through directing or producing.”
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Graham says she wants no part in the dark, dystopian era that’s taken over television. On the contrary, she hopes to take part in something uplifting and positive—like Gilmore Girls. “I want to be part of storytelling that gives someone a lift of some kind,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be role-model-y, necessarily, but I’m proud to have put something positive in the world, and I feel even more devoted to that now because I need it. I’m just devoted to storytelling, and I don’t care as much if I’m in it anymore. I’d be just as happy to write it.”