Was Sutton Foster In The Original ‘Gilmore Girls’? Her Revival Character Is New To Stars Hollow
On Friday, Nov. 25, Gilmore Girls is coming back for a special Netflix revival. There are many things to celebrate about the return of the hit show. Viewers can look forward to unanswered questions finally being addressed, the return of familiar faces, and lots of quick witty dialogue. One of the magical things about a show returning over a decade later is that the show's young fans are now grown up and get to appreciate it in a different capacity. For example, Sutton Foster loved Gilmore Girls when it was first on, and now she's going to be in the revival. Foster is an actor that has built an expansive career both on Broadway and television, such as the short-lived but well-received ABC Family show Bunheads. That series was created by Gilmore Girls showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino and even starred Gilmore Girls actress Kelly Bishop. While Foster now stars in her own show Younger, the actor is set to make an appearance in the Gilmore Girls revival. So, was Sutton Foster's character in the original series?
Nope. Foster's character is brand new to Gilmore Girls and was created just for her, according to Entertainment Weekly. Vulture reported that her role will be as a struggling actor. In her interview with Vulture, it's apparent that being a fan of the show made Foster's experience all that much more exciting. It's obvious why Sherman-Palladino fit her into the revival. Anyone who has this much love for a project should be included, especially if that someone is as talented and successful as Foster. And, luckily for all us fans, Foster dropped some hints to Vulture about who her character interacted with.
"The best part is that our holding room was in Luke's Diner. So we were all just hanging out in Luke's Diner and I was just shooting the shit with Sally Struthers, Lauren Graham, and Michael Winters. At some points I thought someone was going to kick me out, I mean, how did I get invited to this place? ... My scenes were at Miss Patty's dance studio. You know, it was amazing. It was surreal. I had two days and they went by so fast because I didn't want it to end."
I don't care that Foster is a new face to Stars Hollow. She's more than earned her place with her genuine fan excitement and talent. While I'm eager to see old characters I loved, it will be fun for a new character to add color to the show. There are some fan theories that Foster's character is connected to he role on Bunheads . On that show she played Michelle Simms who "once had a promising career as a classically-trained professional dancer but was drawn to the lights of Las Vegas. Now, with a dead-end job as a 30-something showgirl, she's found the excitement of Sin City has lost its appeal," according to the show's website. A crossover wouldn't be shocking, as Bunheads was also a Sherman-Palladino project and "struggling actress" sort of describes both roles. Either way, Foster's appearance will mark a new visitor to Stars Hollow and should be fun and surprising to watch.
Playing the role of an actor will be right up Foster's ally. While in the Gilmore Girls universe she'll be a "struggling actress" and in the real world she's won multiple Tonys, the part is custom made for Foster. It will be fun to see music and dance brought into Gilmore Girls. There's always been some dancing and singing through Miss. Patty's studio and the town troubadour but this role should take that to the next level. I'm excited to see Foster heighten the already magical world of Gilmore Girls. I'm sure her part in the revival will be as good as everything else she does.
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