Gilmore Girls’ Luke Was Originally Written As a Female Character

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Get a tight grip on your coffee mugs, Luke and Lorelai shippers, because Gilmore Girls showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino just dropped a tantalizing tidbit of romance news that might send those mugs a-flyin’ against a wall in shock. As it turns out, not only was Luke’s character originally written to be a woman named Daisy, but the opposites-attract duo was never intended to become a couple at all. “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.” In fact, it was only after the palpable chemistry between Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson became apparent — à la Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick — that a potential romance was written into the show. “We did a few shows and they just had chemistry,” Sherman-Palladino explained. A moment of silence for what could’ve been “Daisy’s Diner,” please.

Gilmore Girls’ Luke Was Originally a Woman