Lauren Graham Responds to the 'Gilmore Girls' Coffee Cup Controversy
By Rachel McRady
Lorelai Gilmore doesn’t appreciate the latest Gilmore Girls fan criticism of her ability to drink coffee. The show’s star, Lauren Graham, visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night where talk quickly turned to the Netflix revival of the beloved mother-daughter series.
“It was so emotional for so many reasons. You hardly ever get a chance at any point in life to appreciate the moment you’re in while you’re in it. The fact that it was sort of the people who brought us back and we got to finish a story that we hadn’t gotten to finish and this character I love so much,” Graham said of the experience. “I was just a freak, and I had so much appreciation. It was actually very overwhelming. I’m not a person who cries very easily, but I cried almost every day.”
Colbert brought up one big criticism of the show that several fans have mocked online – the ability for Lorelai (Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) to properly drink a cup of coffee. Specifically, they pointed to the opening scene of the show in which Lorelai is holding her Luke’s Diner coffee cup from the bottom, prompting fans to speculate that it was empty.
“I want to tell you one thing, that is a true thing,” Graham started, seemingly outraged by the insinuation. “There is always coffee in my cup. Always. That is a pet peeve of mine. I’m holding it. I’m holding it like this [picks it up]. I’m looking at snow, I’m holding the cup. I’m drinking. I love the controversies that are cropping up!”
One thing Graham doesn’t love is the ability for fans to watch the show on their phone and watch screens.
“No, no, no, please, no. I think actually they just released the ability to do that,” she said. “I think they were trying to somehow make people watch it on a big screen, especially these episodes, they’re longer, they’re sort of cinematic in scope. Watch them on something bigger than a Poptart!”
When asked why Luke (Scott Patterson) still wears his baseball cap backwards now that he’s older, she replied, “You don’t want to change what was working already,” and added that the town of Stars Hollow is “halfway between New Haven and our imagination.”
Graham’s co-star, Bledel, was also forced to defend her coffee cup-holding ways on The Tonight Show earlier this week. Many fans poked fun at the way the actress held her giant mug in the promotional photos for the Netflix series.
"I was set up to fail there," she said, referencing the oversized mug with the tiny handle.
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