Why Getting Back Into Character For Gilmore Girls Was Really Hard, According To Scott Patterson

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We've heard a lot about the upcoming Gilmore Girls revival over the past several weeks. However, one thing we haven't heard much about is the actors' experiences while on set. It's clear that a lot of the actors were pumped to return to Stars Hollow, but there were some unexpected issues in regards to getting back into character, at least for Scott Patterson, who plays Luke on the show. The actor recently spoke out on The Tonight Show, explaining why it was super hard to jump back into the role. Here's what he had to say:

I put the hat on and I thought that would be the big shining moment that the character would come back. But it had been 10 years, I'd had a son---you know I was a different guy. More laidback; I was happier! I had this little boy running around. And I got on set and got into the diner and started rehearsing a scene. Amy was directing, and I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't feel like the guy at all.

A lot of the characters who are back for Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life only had to pop in for a scene or a few scenes. So, even if they weren't totally comfortable or 100% back into character, we probably wouldn't notice. However, Scott Patterson is a lead in the series, and a lot is riding on his portrayal of Luke, who is a pretty gruff and mostly unsentimental character. Clearly, Scott Patterson has changed a lot since Gilmore Girls originally went off of the air nearly a decade ago and it took some time to get the magic back.

Scott Patterson also elaborated to Jimmy Fallon and some of the other cast members that there was a brief panicky time where he didn't think he was going to be able to do it, and he had to ask for a break during rehearsal from the show.

So, I asked permission to go take a walk around Stars Hollow and when I got to the gazebo I sat down and I started feeling like the guy again. I thought I was going to get fired. I was so bad at rehearsal.

If you'd like to hear more about Gilmore Girls in general, including Liza Weil's feelings on returning to the set and Sean Gunn's admission that originally he was only supposed to be in one episode of the long-running series, you can take a longer look at the interview, below.

The countdown to more Gilmore Girls is almost over. A Year In The Life is expected to hit the schedule this Friday starting at 12:01 a.m. PT on Netflix. To find out what we know about the upcoming series, check out our full guide. And be sure to take a look at what Netflix has coming up in the new year with our full premiere schedule.

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