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It's sort of fitting that death was staring Scott Paterson in the face when word of Gilmore Girls' demise came down.
Costar Lauren Graham, 34, who plays single mom Lorelai Gilmore, Luke’s sparring partner and potential love interest, isn’t surprised by fan reaction. “People always ask when our characters are going to get together, but I think the show benefits from the tension.” The 6-ft., 205-lb. In a memorable 1995 Seinfeld episode, he was the guy Elaine deemed so attractive as to be “sponge-worthy.” “Thai day after it aired, two women who wouldn’t give me the time of day before followed me out of the gym,” he says.
But the Gilmore story lines—about Lorelai raising her teenage daughter—resonate for Patterson, whose divorced sister Abigail Wiest, 44, struggled to raise her daughter Christine, now 16, alone.
But there are a myriad of [factors] that go into these decisions; it's not just one thing. A lot of fans Luke and Lorelai fans feel cheated because she spent so much of the season with Christopher. They were really faced with doing it the way they did it or pull a Deus ex machina, and that would have been really bad. What a terrific and loyal group of people they are. I know a lot of fans resisted April initially, but I thought it really helped the show. And I think people thrive on rumor and innuendo; that sells papers, gets people to click on websites. Patterson: I don't even see that happening in the hypothetical sense.
“And I did it so loud that [costar] Alexis [Bledel] swallowed her gum. ’ ” Patterson; 43, can be forgiven a little overexuberance.“He has always treated single mothers like heroes,” says Wiest, a paralegal in Haddonfield, N. “He understands how tough it is, and he’s been very helpful since he became successful, just as he always promised.” The youngest of four (Judy, 49, is a San Diego teacher; Barbara, 54, a Baltimore homemaker), Patterson also remembers his own pain when his father, Frank, 76, a former boxer turned advertising executive, and mother, Hope, 73, a homemaker, split when he was 15.“I guess they just fell out of love,” says the New Jersey native, who remains close to both parents.“Everyone was giving me crap about my old truck,” he says. “The last time I was involved with someone seriously was four years ago,” admits the actor, who says he is not dating anyone right now. “I’d like to settle down eventually, but acting is emotionally draining. So many things went through me when I heard the news. I know a lot of people were very optimistic, but I wasn't one of them. Patterson: To continue to do something like that there has to be a real passion for it. The mood on the set was that it had run its course. They feel like they hung in there for so long and didn't get the full monty, so to speak. I haven't talked to either Lauren or Alexis about the situation, but I guess they just felt like the deal just wasn't good enough for them. I didn't sense there was any passion left, and, therefore, little reason to do it. Creatively, maybe, certain cast members were bankrupt and wanted to recharge their batteries in another venue. But I think the show will live in their imaginations longer as a result of this type of an ending. It showed Luke in a much different light than what we were used to seeing. If they felt the deal was good enough, they would've signed. I posed this question to Lauren and I'll as you as well: Would you be up for doing a Gilmore Girls reunion movie penned by Amy? 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.And what was his relationship with sparring partner Lauren Graham really like? What was your reaction to hearing that the show was ending? And I think I was probably a little relieved, and disappointed at the same time. I also have a holding deal, which means that [Warner Bros.] is looking to place me in another series as we speak. And it was less work - I'm not qualifying that either way, whether it was good or bad. Was it bittersweet that Amy wasn't there at the end? But also, less is more, because it leaves in the audience's imagination where it could go, and that's really good writing. And I know fans are a little upset because they feel unsatisfied. Do you feel like you were cheated out of saying a formal good-bye to the cast and crew since the decision came down after you were done filming? But in Hollywood, when you're trying to make the best deal you can, unfortunately, that type of thing is going to happen from time-to-time. They chose a certain tactic and they stuck to their guns, which is admirable. I have a big singing audition for him tomorrow in full wardrobe. This is the upside of Gilmore ending, because now a whole new world is opening up and it's really thrilling.Just two years after he thought of giving up acting to run his own fence-building company (“Work was slow, and I had a truck”), the former pro-baseball player has suddenly found himself a TV heartthrob.“I got a marriage proposal [in the mail] from a 14-year-old that made me fall off the couch in my trailer, it was so funny and heartwarming,” he says.