Luke Danes once had quite the feminine side on "Gilmore Girls." Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Luke was originally written as a woman named Daisy. And heck, maybe Lorelai Gilmore would've hadchemistry with Daisy, too.
The topic came up when Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino were asked when they first felt the spark between Scott Patterson's Luke and Lauren Graham's Lorelai. Turns out, they never expected to feel it at all. "Luke was originally a female character," Sherman-Palladino told EW. "[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." Why change the dialogue? Good writing is good writing, and it was a "unisex" role, at least at first.
She said the Luke/Lorelai spark became clear pretty quickly. "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."
Despite the "funny, weird chemistry" (as Graham put it), it wasn't obvious to everyone that Luke and Lorelai should be love interests, and they gave Lorelai a bunch of different dates. But Patterson said he knew from the moment he met Graham that it was going to work on screen. "We just had a rhythm." Sometimes you just click.
Poor Daisy, though. She would've rocked that flannel.
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" debuts Friday, November 25 on Netflix.
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