I don’t know why shows about that are so few and far between. There truly are not a lot of shows on TV right now that are this sincere. Have you paid attention to the massive response that’s gotten? There’s a nostalgia for spending time in a happier, kinder land. As much as I have loved this job and this character [on was just a special match. No one talks that much or that long, but it’s that thing where you read something and it just clicks. I could hear what [creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] intended and it made complete sense to me.It takes a unique combination to just make stories about people interesting enough, with no crimes to solve or law cases. There’s so much more out there so how do you get someone’s attention? It’s hard to find a writer with that specific of a voice. I remember an interview with Christopher Reeve where he said, “I choose my jobs based on the feeling that I can’t stand the thought of anyone else doing it.” And that’s how I felt with that. There’s still a debate over which boyfriend Rory should have ended up with. Well, no, of course not because my career would end.My work took up all this time and space and it shifts your relationship. What do you think has given you the confidence and the courage to continue to pursue acting no matter what?I always think, “How did I have the guts to keep going and have this job? Well, it supposed to be out late spring or early summer. I love doing it so much that I was fighting for the chance to do it for the living. Things just came together in the way they sometimes do when I came out to LA. I got enough practice and confidence that it became easier. We didn’t have all these things, like , that make fame look like the prize. I’m so thankful not to have had because it kept me focused on “What am working at?I feel the fans have embraced that as “Here’s my hour where I can identify with these people, but it’s not me so I can enjoy crying or enjoy having an emotional release.” That’s our jobs as storytellers, to make a connection. In each of these characters we have some moments that most people – or many people – go through in life. I knew things live on in reruns, but even that was sort of a shock when younger girls would talk about it and had found it.
What I remember about coming to LA is that suddenly work was as big a presence in my life as my life itself.
"I flipped open my cell phone and saw there were, like, 15 messages. Was the vibe on the set different this year with [series creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] gone? Lauren was a producer this year, and there was a little more leeway in how things were shaped. That's the most important thing that I took away from this: my friendship with Amy. Like I told her on the phone, "Not only would I hide a body for you, I would chop one up as well." Were you satisfied with the way the Luke and Lorelai story was wrapped up?
I was like, " Ooooh, that's either really good or really bad." For fans of Patterson's gruff-but-lovable Luke Danes, it was most certainly the latter. How does he feel about bidding Stars Hollow adieu after seven years? The actors had more input than in the previous six years. I always loved it when she directed an episode, or when she visited the set. Patterson: No, I wasn't, because there was still a lot of life left in it. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing it, and he's just amazing.
I just thought (forgetting Paul) was a funny runner."She went on to say that the show, as a whole, is not necessarily grounded entirely in realism."The whole show has a kind of heightened theatrical quality," she said.
"I mean, just like Donald Trump, don’t take it literally.