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Gilmore Girls' Liza Weil, 01.27.02 ...

Who she plays: Paris Geller, Rory's classmate and sometime nemesis.

Why she was made for the part of Paris...or the part of Paris was made for her: “I had auditioned to play Rory at first. It went well, but then they called and said they'd found Alexis (Bledel, who plays Rory), who was perfect, but they wanted to write another role for me. I didn't think anything would come of it, but they wrote the part and it was originally just going to be three episodes, but it turned into more. It's the first time anyone has ever written a part for me.”

Liza's favorite thing about Paris: She's a brainiac. “I had a mediocre academic career, so this is fun for me. It's like sweet revenge. I'm constantly learning stuff now that I didn't even know before!”

The most frustrating thing about Paris: “I hope she'll lighten up. I know it makes sense for her to be the way she is — there are people like her out there. She's the product of a shady family life, so it's great that she gets to be surrounded by people like Rory and Lorelai. She'll have moments of niceness and then there's another episode, and [her attitude] starts all over again.”

Liza's fantasy episode of Gilmore Girls: “We'd be in the city, away from the school environment. Paris would get swept off her feet by a really nice boy and she'd let her studies fall by the wayside. She'd loosen up a bit — get a little lovin'!”

Why Milo is the cast's social secretary: “Since Milo [Ventimiglia, who plays Jess] has joined the cast, we've started hanging out more. We always wanted to, but Alexis works so much and it's tough to rally ourselves at the weekend. Recently we've been out for food or to the movies, and he's the catalyst for that. We get recognized more when we travel in packs — the other day Alexis and I were in a restaurant and this woman came up and said, 'You're not supposed to be friends!' Alexis explained that it's just television.”

The kind of people that actually recognize her: “They're the ones I never expect, like a man in the airport who was checking his luggage in front of me. He was in his early 50s. One time I was at a rest stop in New Jersey, and it was the women in the snack shop who knew me. It's fun to see our show reaches different demographics.”

Why she digs her cast mates: “I learn so much just from watching them. I'll show up earlier than I'm needed and watch what's going on. Kelly Bishop and Ed Herrmann [who play Emily and Richard Gilmore in the show] are veterans. It's fascinating to watch; they nail it immediately.”

The part that got away: “The role I coveted was [in] The Invisible Circus. I read the novel and I was obsessed by it. I auditioned, but when I want something really, really badly, I slaughter it. I have too much invested in it. Jordanna Brewster got it in the end. But I believe everything happens for a reason — if you don't get one thing, it's because something is waiting on the horizon. Really, I'm just happy to be working.”

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