Bombshell alert: Gilmore Girls' Luke Danes was originally meant to be a woman

Luke and Lorelai: the TV romance that almost never was.

By Erin Van Der Meer
Gilmore Girls' Luke Danes was meant to be a woman

Local café owner and provider of caffeine/witty banter, Luke Danes, became one of the most beloved Gilmore Girls characters by the series’ end.


In a new bombshell for GG fans ahead of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life dropping on Netflix next week, the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has revealed that the diner owner and friend of Lorelai was originally meant to be a woman.

“Luke was originally a female character,” Sherman-Palladino told Entertainment Weekly. “[The network] came to me and said we need another guy, so I literally just took a character and changed the name, didn’t even change any of the dialogue because I’m that lazy.” That’s right, Luke could have been a woman named Daisy.

What a trip, amiright?

After Daisy became Luke and the show got into production, the dynamic between Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson was obvious in a particular scene, and Luke and Lorelai’s on-and-off romance blossomed from there.

“It was the episode where they were in the market and Lorelai’s spying on Dean. Luke was there and they had this scene that didn’t mean anything.”

And the rest, as they say, was TV and meme history.

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Holy sh-t you guys, there’s just one week to go until Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life hits Netflix on November 25. Get your pizza, tacos, donuts, and obviously, coffee – so much coffee – at the ready.