If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan (old or new), then you’ve probably experienced some feelings of frustration with one of the titular characters, Rory. Despite being incredibly smart and talented, Rory has made several eyebrow-raising decisions in her life — and not all of them worked out for the best.
Surprisingly enough, Alexis Bledel, the real-life Rory Gilmore, actually agrees with fans who are confused about Rory’s questionable decisions. The actress spoke about this particular question on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
It all started when Fallon admitted to Bledel that he was a new Gilmore Girls fan, and had just finished the Season Four finale — you know, the one where Rory loses her virginity to Dean, even though he’s married.
Fallon doesn’t ruin the twist for his viewers, but he does say “I mean, I’m upset with you a little bit.”
“No, I understand,” Bledel replies. “I remember getting that script and thinking ‘This is SO out of character’!”
But Bledel went on to (sort of) defend the choice, saying that the move was meant to be a revealing moment of characterization.
“I think that they had created this character who’s like, so seemingly perfect, that they had to like, throw something at her — but, I think we overcorrected.”
Which is at least semi-solid explanation for why sweet, sensible Rory would jump into bed with another woman’s husband. (And hopefully a feasible justification for the controversial romance which is revealed in A Year In The Life.)
To lighten the mood a little bit, Bledel went on to name her four favorite supporting characters on Gilmore Girls (Caesar, Babette, Miss Patty, and Kirk), as well as defending her awkward hand positions in the infamous A Year In The Life promo photos.
She talked about her strange mug-holding in the photo, and blamed the cup in question.
“Well, mostly it’s ‘not normal’ because it’s an over-sized coffee mug. That coffee mug is, like, almost as big as my face. So I feel like I was set up to fail there,” Bledel joked.
(As for the flower photo? Well, that was never addressed, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Rory was supposed to be holding a BOOK in that photo, rather than a tiny bouquet.)
Regardless, I’m thankful to learn that even the actual Rory Gilmore has some qualms with the Rory story arc. Hopefully they will give us MORE Gilmore Girls episodes to allow Rory a bit of redemption?
*AHEM* I’m looking at you, Amy Sherman-Palladino.