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Emily Gilmore chats about Bunheads

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For her nutty, brilliant ballet dramedy Bunheads, Amy Sherman-Palladino brought back Gilmore Girls’ Kelly Bishop to play a whip-smart, moron-intolerant woman (yes, another one) who inherits a daughter-in-law after her son’s sudden death. Together, they run a dance studio in a sleepy coastal town (Stars Hollow by way of Venice, California). It gives us warm fuzzies to watch them bicker and occasionally come together in the same way Lorelai and Emily used to. Vulture caught up with Bishop and Broadway’s Sutton Foster to talk about how they managed in Sherman-Palladino’s crazy-wonderful world of words, and what they hope to do more of in season two.


I’d first like to say I really love how much Michelle and Fanny drink on this show. Booze is the new coffee!
Bishop: Yes, that seems to be a running theme, and so far beyond anything I could manage. [Laughs] Actually, I’ve never done shots with anybody. I mean, I like to have a couple of drinks, there’s no question about that, but I would never be able to toss down as much of whatever liquor it is. Most likely bourbon. But I had a lot of fun throwing back shots and doing the dance with Sutton in the first episode.

There was also that great scene where we heard Michelle’s Fanny impression as she acted out both sides of a phone conversation. Did you guys work together on that?

Bishop: She asked for my help and I said, “Well, if I were you, I’d mock my low voice.” [Laughs] “Make yourself sound like man.” But she didn’t do that. I don’t think she’s unkind enough to do something like that, but it would have been funny.

Kelly, Amy has said that in real life you are much closer to Fanny than Emily. That’s why she had you in mind the whole time she was writing the first script. She said you were a real broad.

Bishop: Oh yes, yes, definitely. One of the reasons I get a kick of playing those stiff, repressed, wealthy women is because I don’t particularly like them. [Laughs] I like playing them because I like mocking them to a certain degree. Actually, during Gilmore Girls, I’d look at some of the stories and think, I’m Lorelai. In real life, that’s who I am. I do have a mouth — I will say. I speak up when I see things I don’t care for.

Fanny’s especially opinionated about her unconventional ballets.

Bishop: Yes, well, she really marches to her own drummer. Do the people in that town know how The Nutcracker is supposed to go anyway? She really expects everyone to respond to her the way she thinks they should, and apparently they all do.


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None of us are worthy of Kelly Bishop's majesty. Gilmore Girls post y/y?



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