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'Gilmore Girls' Creator Reveals That Luke Was Supposed to Be a Woman

Everything changed after Amy Sherman-Palladino noticed the spark between Luke and Lorelai.

'Gilmore Girls' Creator Reveals That Luke Was Supposed to Be a Woman
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You are definitely not being Gilmore-d, people!

Once upon a time, things were meant to be very, very different in the Gilmore Girls universe. The show's creator and creative genius, Amy Sherman-Palladino, recently revealed that Luke and Lorelai weren't always end game.

“Luke was originally a female character,” Sherman-Palladino told Entertainment Weekly. “[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.”

Sounds crazy, right? Luke and Lorelai had instant chemistry from the moment he begrudgingly served her coffee and she continued to talk his ear off.

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Apparently, the part was “unisex” so it didn't end up needing a lot of rethinking! And, in case you were wondering, Luke's lady name was Daisy.

Of course, everything changed when Daisy transformed into Luke. The undeniable chemistry between Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson was hard to ignore even if it wasn't written on the page.

“We did a few shows and they just had chemistry,” Sherman-Palladino revealed. “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.”

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Graham, however, didn't always see the couple as a sure thing. “It didn’t seem like, 'Oh this is the definite love interest,'” Graham explained. “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 — 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.”

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For Patterson, Luke and Lorelai's irresistible back-and-forth repertoire was indicative of them getting together. “You just never know about that kind of thing,” he said. “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.”

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life drops Friday, Nov. 25 on Netflix.

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