Luke was originally a woman on "Gilmore Girls" and we have so many questions
The Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls is officially being released in ONE WEEK! With the cast and crew of the revival doing some serious press in anticipation of new episodes, we’re learning a lot of behind the scenes details about the original WB show, including the fact that the character of Luke Danes was originally a woman on Gilmore Girls.
Yes. A woman. This is quite a bombshell, seeing how grumpy diner owner Luke went on to become Lorelai Gilmore’s main love interest and the overall GREATEST love interest in the series.
Apparently, the character was supposed to be named Daisy, but wasn’t fully fleshed out enough to require rewrites when the character became Luke.
Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly how character came to be the flannel shirt wearing crank we all know and love.
“Luke was originally a female character,” she explained. “[The network] came to me and said we need another guy, so I literally just took a character and changed the name, didn’t even change any of the dialogue because I’m that lazy.”
We know what you’re thinking, was Daisy supposed to be Lorelai’s love interest? According to Sherman-Palladino, neither Daisy or Luke was intended to be Lorelai’s love interest. She revealed that the pairing of the characters was due to the on-screen chemistry between Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Scott Patterson (Luke).
“We did a few shows and they just had chemistry. It was the episode where they were in the market and Lorelai’s spying on Dean. Luke was there and they had this scene that didn’t mean anything.”
While we probably would have loved Daisy as a character, and imagine should would have been a bit like Stars Hollow’s favorite mechanic, Gypsy (Rose Abdoo), we could never picture a Gilmore Girls universe without Luke! Would Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia) still have made it onto the show? Would Daisy and Lorelai have become besties? Would the coffee banter still work?
This was quite a bombshell to drop on us, ASP! Now we really can’t wait until Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres next week!