Scott Patterson Phone Interview, 11.13.01 ...
Scott Patterson, who plays Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls, recently did a phone interview with KISS 106.1 in Seattle, WA. The show's hosts, Jackie and Bender, had Scott talking about everything from Lauren Graham, to baseball, to the September 11th tragedies.
Listen to: Scott Patterson's November 13th, 2001 interview with KISS 106.1. (In order to listen to the interview, you will need to have Real Player installed.)
The following is a transcript of the interview:
Bender: On the phone is Scott Patterson, plays Luke on the Gilmore Girls
tonight at 8pm on the WB.
Jackie: Now Scott can I just start off by saying that I’m a new fan to Gilmore
Girls because since Sept 11th I think it’s nice to have such a good family
show to watch.
Scott: Yeah it’s a nice little escape isn’t it?
Scott: Um, with all that’s going on especially, let’s not forget that. But
it’s a nice escape for an hour to come into out little sort of magical town of
Stars Hollow and let these characters get under your skin a little bit. Yeah,
it’s really a pleasure to be working on it. We’re all very lucky. We feel
very grateful, every day we come to work and we have this job, you know. It
doesn’t really seem like a job, you know, but they pay us for it so….
Bender: We’re talking to Scott Patterson. He plays Luke on the Gilmore Girls.
Tonight 8 o’clock on the WB. So, how many takes does it take because the
dialogue is so quick and you guys don’t even pause or hesitate during lines.
Scott: Right. It’s… it’s daunting yeah, but you know, we are pretty much lead
by Lauren Graham. You know, she is remarkable because we…. We don’t really get
much rehearsal at all.
Jackie: Mmmm hmmm.
Scott: Uh, so…. I remember last season we did a ten page scene that they
handed us in the make-up trailer. And we had no chance to rehearse it or even
look at it. We just has to go in and shoot it because it was a scene that was
Scott: Uh, and ya just kind of learn to do it. And they don’t give you all
the time in the world and you pretty much better get it, so we’re getting
better all the time at working under the gun.
Jackie: And well, she’s great in general. We talked to her, gosh, it’s been a
little while now….. but she’s so funny. But she’s so much like the character
of Lorelai that I guarantee that’s what makes it so good on the set.
Scott: Yeah, you don’t know where uh, Lorelai ends and Lauren begins.
Scott: Uh, It’s really true. She’s the perfect actress for that role cause
she is like that. I mean she does have that…that manic energy and that super
sharp intelligence and that wit. You know, she really is like that. Uh, but
anyway, they give us as many takes as we need to get it perfect. Uh, last
night we did it in two takes, um, some nights we do it in twenty. It just
really depends on……..on…... You know sometimes the dialogue can get really
Scott: There are some real tongue twisters in there. And, you know, they’re
giving her reams of dialogue to do so it’s amazing that she can even get
through it and she does it so well. I think she has every…..every award she
has coming to her she deserves cause she’s gonna get a lot of ‘em.
Bender: We have Scott Patterson on the phone, plays Luke on Gilmore Girls.
So, you said you taped last night. So how many episodes ahead are you?
Scott: We’re on …… we’re finishing up #10. We’re dong the Christmas episode
now……and they had, incidentally, the entire back lot at Warner Brothers, where
they have our fictional little town of stars Hollow set up, all covered in fake
snow, and it rained last night and washed it all away.
Jackie: Awww! Ooooh……….
Scott: They have to redo the entire thing. And you know what, by the time I
get over there today, it’ll all be redone. Like you’ll never even notice it
was washed off.
Jackie: Isn’t that amazing?!
Scott: This huge that they have to undertake to redo it. Oh yeah.
Jackie: How weird to go to work and be in fake snow all day. It’s got to mess
with your mind a little.
Scott: We’re in Burbank CA, OK? 85 degrees here every day, 75, what ever it
is, sunny everyday …… and here we are walking into the jungle of the back lot
where they have a lot of trees and things and we’re gonna shoot the
sleighriding scene and it’s snow! There’s snow on the trees, there’s snow on
the leaves, there’s horses and horse drawn carriages and we get in these things
and we’re shooting the scene (chuckles) and it feels like the real deal .
Jackie: That’s kind of nice though.
Scott: So they do a fantastic job over here.
Jackie: When are Luke and Lorelai finally gonna get it on?
Scott: Hey man, you know, whenever the Gods want us to. I have no idea.
Scott: (Laughing) Whenever the time is right man. (Laughing).
Bender: You I’d love to be at Scott’s house when he gets that script. YES!
Jackie: He has not done bad with female costars. Have you seen some of the
people that he got to play love interest to Bender?
Scott: I’m pretty lucky.
Jackie: He was the sponge-worthy one on Seinfeld with Julia Louise Dreyfuss.
Bender: Oh Yeah.
Jackie: He was on uh, with Debra Messing on Will and Grace.
Scott: Yes, Sharon Lawrence…..
Jackie: Jennifer Grey, Sharon Lawrence, yeah.
Scott: Yes, I was with Jennifer Grey, and Sharon Lawrence had a recurring
role on that. I’ve been pretty lucky. I did a film with Penelope Ann Miller.
I’ve worked with …
Jackie: You’ve had a rough life Buddy,
Scott: I’ve worked with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. I mean, all these great
actresses, you know. And it prepared me to, you know, go toe-to-toe with
Lauren Graham cause she’s a good as all… any of them, you know. She’s really
Jackie: I guess.
Bender: We have Scott Patterson on the phone plays Luke on Gilmore Girls but
prior to your acting career you bounced around the major leagues for a little
Scott: Well, mainly the minor leagues. I was mainly in triple A, I was on a
couple of big league rosters. They, they brought me up a few times but I never
uh, …..they never handed me the ball and said go, go ……..go help us. So, I
didn’t really have much of an opportunity there. I actually wasn’t very good.
It was probably a good thing they didn’t let me up.
Scott: I really wasn’t that good.
Jackie: Which teams called you up even though you didn’t get to play in those
Scott: Uh, Yankees…. I was with the Braves for a couple of years in the minor
leagues. They traded me to the Yankees and the Yankees uh, they didn’t…..they
really didn’t have any room for me. They didn’t know what do to with me. I
just……. They used to hand out clothespins at the stadium when I pitched cause I
stunk up the yard so badly.
Bender and Jackie: Ah! No!
Scott: It was really bad. I got to tell ya…… I threw hard but I had no idea
where it was going. I once delivered a pitch to the third base coach. So…..
you can tell I have a bad sense of direction.
Jackie and Bender laughter.
Scott: It just wasn’t a good situation.
Again, we have Scott Patterson on the phone, he plays Luke on Gilmore Girls.
So, obviously…… and we just found this out this morning, looking over your bio
your birthday is September 11th
Scott: Mmmm hmmm.
Jackie: What a depressing day…..
Scott: Well, I mean the least of anybody’s worries is my birthday happening to
be on that day but uh…. I woke up early in the morning as I always do to come
to work and I always flip on CNN and I just flipped it on and didn’t even
notice anything and when I got out of the shower, I came back into the uh, into
the den and I was looking at the TV and was just like…..you’ve go…..What is
going on here? Um, so obviously uh, one of the first things I did was call
back to New York to all my friends and some family there to see if they were
Jackie: Mmmm hmmm.
Scott: But, you couldn’t get through!
Scott: The lines were tied up and you just couldn’t get through. So I started
calling cell phones and that was a little more successful but still, you
couldn’t get through. Uh, um and then I started calling…… we had planned a
party for a bunch of people and we had to cancel that real fast.
Jackie: Well, yeah that’s the thing.
Scott: I didn’t think anybody was gonna want to come bearing gifts um, on that
night. So…. cause, you know, most of the friends are New Yorkers and they had
family back there so we just ……
Scott: So, yeah it’s…. you know……..It’s, it’s…… Well, what really is a good
situation though is, we’re doing a show that allows people for an hour a week,
if they so choose, to get away from everything and just be taken up in this
show. Which is what we’re providing. We hope we can provide a little respite
for, you know, what’s going on in the country today, you know, so….
Bender: Very cool. It’s Scott Patterson who, again, plays Luke in Gilmore
Girls, tonight at 8 o’clock on the WB. Dude! Thanks for being on the show we
Bender: Ya did a nice job.
Scott: Hey thanks, I love your city. I was up there playing a softball game
before the All Star game and what a great town you’ve got there.
Jackie: Well, thank you.
Jackie: And obviously knowng how well…..how good of a player you are, I’m sure
it was a great game!
Scott: (chuckles) Well, the Lattes beat the Cappuccinos, I think.
Jackie: All right!
Scott: So you know, we had a great time in Seattle and uh, it’s a great city
so, uh, I’m looking forward to coming up there soon.
Jackie: Well, definitely when you do you have to come in studio and visit us.
Jackie: Cool! Thanks Scott!
Scott: All right Jackie, Bender, I’ll see ya!
Scott: All right bye.
Bender: There ya go, Scott Patterson, plays Luke on Gilmore Girls tonight on
the WB at 8 o’clock.
Jackie: You know, I like the show even more now because he’s very very nice.
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