“Gilmore Girls” fans remember Lorelai and Rory’s relationship well, but it will be a little different in the revival. The two were best friends at the start of the series, but as Rory grew up, the two seemed a little less attached at the hip. Actress Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai, says that the two have continued to give each other some personal space, and she thinks that’s a good thing.
“I think, appropriately, they’re doing their own thing a little bit more so when they come together, it’s still super gratifying,” Graham told the Hollywood Reporter. “They aren’t maybe quite as attached because they don’t need to be.”
When Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” begins, Rory (Alexis Bledel) will be in her early 30s. She is a struggling journalist who is trying to figure out how to make ends meet. It makes sense that she is a bit more independent from her mother.
“I'm interested in her life but I maybe take a little bit more of a step back and yeah, I think we have slightly more separate journeys because she's older and doesn’t need me in the same way. It would be creepy if she did,” Graham laughed.
That isn’t to say Rory doesn’t need her mom at all, though. The two reunite in the premiere when Rory decides to move back home after hitting a few bumps in her professional career. Bledel recently noted that Rory and Lorelai aren’t quite sure what their relatinship is going to be like at first. After all, Rory isn’t a kid trying to make her mom happy anymore.
“Coming back to see her mom is stepping back into that dynamic that has now matured into something else,” Bledel told Collider. “I don’t think it’s clear, from the beginning, what that looks like. I think it’s something they discover, as the story plays out.”
Fans can see just how much their relationship has changed when all four 90-minute episodes of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” hit Netflix on Friday, Nov. 25.