We can’t even imagine what Gilmore Girls would be like without Luke! But apparently, Perezcious readers, that was almost the case!
Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Scott Patterson‘s character was actually supposed to be a woman!
The showrunner confessed that Luke was almost a woman named Daisy, but that didn’t sit well with The WB, saying:
“Luke was originally a female character. [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.”
But we can’t help but wonder how the popular series would have turned out without the constant romantic tension between Luke and Lauren Graham‘s Lorelei.
Well, according to Amy, that love story was never in the plan! She spilled:
“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.”
Lauren herself even admitted the chemistry was coincidental, dishing:
“It didn’t seem like, ‘Oh this is the definite love interest.’ It’s just this funny, weird chemistry that we had in terms of being complete opposites and also this built-in conflict of he has the thing she wants ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ which is coffee. But in those first couple years, I had a bunch of different dates. Jon Hamm was one of them. We had Max Medina. It could’ve gone in any number of ways. It was just something about the two of those characters together that they kept going back to and then it kept growing.”
Scott, however, realized Luke and Lorelei had something special right from the get-go:
“You just never know about that kind of thing. You can get the two most talented people in the world together on screen, and for some reason, it just doesn’t work. I knew it from the moment we met, and I knew it was going to work on screen. We just had a rhythm.”
Good call, WB. Luke + Lorelei 4ever.