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Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel Live Chat, 03.22.01 ...

March 22nd at 7:00 pm/ET

AOLiveMC6: Welcome all to AOL Live. Tonight we have a chat with "Gilmore Girls" stars

AOLiveMC6: Lauren Graham and Alexis Biedel. Welcome, and thank you for joining us

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: I'm on an airplane!
GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: I'm flying back to go to work tonight, working through
GilmoreGirlsLive: the night to bring you more Gilmore Girls.

AOLiveMC6: WOW! Then we'd better get to it. Here is the first audience question...

Question: Are you guys like the characters you play on the show?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: Slightly, I would say I'm more outgoing. Alexis is more
GilmoreGirlsLive: quiet. But on the other hand, she can be really loud
GilmoreGirlsLive: and funny, and I don't always talk that much.

Question: Lauren: How weird is it for you to be recognized on the street now?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: It's always weird. Sometimes I just think someone is staring at
GilmoreGirlsLive: me because my fly is open! Because we work so hard
GilmoreGirlsLive: I haven't been out in the world that much, so sometimes it makes
GilmoreGirlsLive: me paranoid, but our fans are always nice
GilmoreGirlsLive: and very enthusiastic, so it's always a pleasant surprise.

AOLiveMC6: Here is a question from Kids Only.

Question: From Rachelle: Will Lorelai finally become the coffehouse guy's
Question: girlfriend?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: If it told you, it would take the fun out of watching!
GilmoreGirlsLive: Their relationship will continue to go forward.
GilmoreGirlsLive: I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I know there will
GilmoreGirlsLive: be complications from other boyfriends.
GilmoreGirlsLive: Lorelai is waiting for Luke to get
GilmoreGirlsLive: less grumpy.
GilmoreGirlsLive: And they may take a few seasons!
GilmoreGirlsLive: Correction: THAT may take a few seasons.

AOLiveMC6: Sounds great. Here is another from Kids Only.

Question: From Jolonda: Is it very hard to do do the scripts they give you?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: This is definitely the most challenging role I have ever had.
GilmoreGirlsLive: We shoot more pages in a day than
GilmoreGirlsLive: most TV shows and my character
GilmoreGirlsLive: talks a lot.
GilmoreGirlsLive: I love the way it's written, it's a lot of fun, but it's hard
GilmoreGirlsLive: work and hard to memorize. And we have scenes
GilmoreGirlsLive: that are so long they could be a play, but we don't have
GilmoreGirlsLive: the same time to reherse as you would in a play
GilmoreGirlsLive: so we often feel like we are rushing. But that's
GilmoreGirlsLive: what makes the show special, it's a lot of work.

AOLiveMC6: This next question is for both Alexis and Lauren, but since I have you one at a time, I'll
AOLiveMC6: ask you both individually.

Question: This is for Lauren and Alexis- What did you two do before Gilmore
Question: Girls? I know that I saw Lauren on an episode of Seinfrld but did
Question: either of you do anything else?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: i started as an actor in New York City. I've been in L.A. for
GilmoreGirlsLive: about five years, and I've done a couple of shows that
GilmoreGirlsLive: didn't last very long. First I went to college, and then I played a character
GilmoreGirlsLive: on "Caroline in the City."
GilmoreGirlsLive: I did a series called "Good Company," "Townies" with Molly Ringwald
GilmoreGirlsLive: and a bunch of independent films and the last show was called "Moby," so
GilmoreGirlsLive: I've had a lot of experiences that led me to this job.
GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis was at NYU as a film student and worked as a print model, but
GilmoreGirlsLive: this was really one of her first acting jobs and auditions.

AOLiveMC6: We're chatting with Lauren Graham, one of the stars of "Gilmore Girls".

Question: Do get along that good off stage as you do one stage?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: We really do.
GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: We really have a good time. We spent a lot of time this year
GilmoreGirlsLive: together and I feel so proud of how quickly Alexis has learned
GilmoreGirlsLive: and she is just really fun, very mellow and we make up stupid
GilmoreGirlsLive: songs and drink a lot of mocha coffees. I'm really
GilmoreGirlsLive: lucky that we get along so well.

Question: How long are your days on the set?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: A typical day for the actors
GilmoreGirlsLive: is thirteen or fourteen hours from the time we're in make up
GilmoreGirlsLive: to the time we go home, but a couple of times
GilmoreGirlsLive: a week we go as long as sixteen hours, and that's without a break.
GilmoreGirlsLive: One or the other of us is there all the time. That's why
GilmoreGirlsLive: I'm flying back right now, because they don't have anything
GilmoreGirlsLive: to shoot that I'm not in. We shoot on the same lot as the West Wing
GilmoreGirlsLive: and we feel very proud to be the last ones to leave, and it becomes
GilmoreGirlsLive: a weird contest, seeing as they work very hard too.

AOLiveMC6: Here is a comment from the audience about the show...

Question: SEASONS.

GilmoreGirlsLive: Thank you so much!
GilmoreGirlsLive: You'll be happy to know we have
GilmoreGirlsLive: been officially picked up for next year. We like it too and we're
GilmoreGirlsLive: really proud of our show and thankful that you don't find it boring!

Question: Are any of you considering doing a movie? I think you both would
Question: be great!

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: Alexis is doing a movie this summer, I'm trying to do a play.
GilmoreGirlsLive: I would just love to tell a story beginning to end and do the
GilmoreGirlsLive: same material day after day rather than having so
GilmoreGirlsLive: much new material every day. But if I can't find
GilmoreGirlsLive: the right thing, I'm really looking forward to traveling...not sure where yet!

AOLiveMC6: Here is our last question for Lauren, with Alexis to follow.

Question: Whats the weirdest thing a fan ever did to you guys?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: It was just my birthday, and a fan sent me three extra large
GilmoreGirlsLive: t-shirts from Canada and also a mug.
GilmoreGirlsLive: I guess that's not that weird!

AOLiveMC6: Lauren, we thank you for joining us, and a safe flight!

GilmoreGirlsLive: Lauren Graham: Thank you so much, and thanks for supporting the show, we really appreciate
GilmoreGirlsLive: it!

AOLiveMC6: It'll be just a minute till we get Alexis online...thank you for your patience/

AOLiveMC6: Now we want to welcome Alexis Biedel to the stage. Alexis, nice to see you.

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: Hello!
GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: Thanks for watching the show.

AOLiveMC6: Our first question for Alexis is from Kids Only.

Question: Here is another question from Kids Only: From Emily: Is your
Question: personality on the show in any way similar to your real life?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: I think the character of Rory is
GilmoreGirlsLive: probably one aspect of my personality. I think it
GilmoreGirlsLive: has to be a little bit, when you work on TV
GilmoreGirlsLive: and you spend so much time on the same character, it really
GilmoreGirlsLive: becomes an aspect of who you are.

AOLiveMC6: We have another from Kids Only.

Question: From Nichole: Is it hard to remember lines?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: Yes.
GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: on our show, ever now and then, we'll have a very large paragraph and
GilmoreGirlsLive: remember and ramble off very quickly, but we just help each other
GilmoreGirlsLive: and run the scenes before we do them, and it jsut works out.

AOLiveMC6: Here comes our next audience question for Alexis.

Question: what's it like being on a hit tv show? do you feel a lot of
Question: pressure?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: Yeah, there's a little bit of pressure that goes along with it
GilmoreGirlsLive: and you want to do the best job you can, so if you're sick, you still need to pull it
GilmoreGirlsLive: together. But everyone does their part, so it's not really pressure.

AOLiveMC6: We're chatting with "Gilmore Girls" star Alexis Biedel.

Question: Alexis, what is it the audition process like for you? Did you expect to
Question: get such a good role?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: No, I never expected to get any role.
GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Biedel: I just auditioned on a whim one day. I'm not even sure why -- I just
GilmoreGirlsLive: decided to, and it just ended up being that I was in the right place
GilmoreGirlsLive: at the right time, and it just worked out that I got the part.

Question: Alexis, what is your favorite thing you get to do as an
Question: actress?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: My favorite part is when we all get together at the table reads for
GilmoreGirlsLive: the show. The whole cast is there, the producers, the writers, and we
GilmoreGirlsLive: just laugh so hard. That's definitely my favorite part.

AOLiveMC6: Here is a good question about "real life" stuff...

Question: Alexis, do you intend on returning to school or are you still taking
Question: classes now?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: I think that next year, I'll probably try and take a class. I
GilmoreGirlsLive: don't know if I'm going to be able to go back to school any time
GilmoreGirlsLive: soon -- it depends on what happens with the show. I've also thought
GilmoreGirlsLive: about getting tutors to come to the set, but this year
GilmoreGirlsLive: was a huge adjustment, so I'm just making plans for next year.

AOLiveMC6: Here is a question regarding the storylines on the show...

Question: Are any of your stories inspired by real life situations you've
Question: experienced?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: Not situations I'VE experience, though I know some
GilmoreGirlsLive: of the stories have come from some of the writer's experiences, since
GilmoreGirlsLive: they do the writing, but not from my experiences.

Question: If you had the ability to change anything about your characters, what
Question: would you change?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: I wouldn't change anything. I'm always surprised
GilmoreGirlsLive: when I get the script how perfect everything seems, and I'll even think something
GilmoreGirlsLive: that the characters will do, even before I get the script where they actually
GilmoreGirlsLive: do that. The characters are so well thought out and our creators do such
GilmoreGirlsLive: a great job, that I would have any idea how to make them better.

AOLiveMC6: Here is a question about the fans...

Question: How has the fan reaction to the show been so far?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: It's been great so far. Everybody's been really supportive.
GilmoreGirlsLive: The press has really loved it and the fans have been great. They
GilmoreGirlsLive: tend to be kids most of the time that approach me
GilmoreGirlsLive: since my character is younger and I think kids
GilmoreGirlsLive: feel more comfortable approaching her for that reason. Usually
GilmoreGirlsLive: the fans tend to be mothers or daughters that can relate to the
GilmoreGirlsLive: chracters on the show in some way.

AOLiveMC6: Alexis, a question about your personal taste...

Question: hey alexis, what are your favorite bands?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: Incubus, Radio Head, what else...

Question: Alexis. Where do you see your self in five years? What would you like
Question: to accomplish in the future?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: I find that when I make plans, they always seem to
GilmoreGirlsLive: get derailed in some way, so I don't like to make definite plans.
GilmoreGirlsLive: There are things I'd like to do, but they always change. It always
GilmoreGirlsLive: seems to work out the way it's supposed to, so if you
GilmoreGirlsLive: just go with what is happening around you and it works out ok.

AOLiveMC6: We have time for one more question for Alexis.

Question: This is to both Lauren and Alexis: You both get along so well on
Question: screen, What did you do to prepare to act like that?? Did you spend
Question: time together before filming?

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: We had a couple of days of rehersal before we started filming
GilmoreGirlsLive: our pilot. There wasn't a lot of time to bond before we started filming.
GilmoreGirlsLive: We've just always gotten along, and the hours just fly by everyday -- it's not
GilmoreGirlsLive: hard work to work with Lauren, it's just a lot of fun.

AOLiveMC6: Alexis, we'd like to thank you for joining us tonight. Just keep doing what you're doing,
AOLiveMC6: we love the show.

GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: Thank you so much!
GilmoreGirlsLive: Alexis Bledel: Cheers!
Credit: America Online

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