Amy Sherman-Palladino is the creator-producer of both series, a likely reason behind regular and recent appearances by such “Gilmore” alums as Kelly Bishop (“Emily Gilmore”), Liza Weil (“Paris”), Gregg Henry (“Mitchum Huntzberger”), Chris Eigeman (“Digger”), Rose Abdoo (“Gypsy”) and Sean Gunn (“Kirk”) on the current ABC Family series airing Mondays.
Though former “Rory Gilmore” Bledel reports there isn’t consideration of her joining that list for “Bunheads,” at least at present, she maintains that isn’t for any lack of affection for her “Gilmore” years.
“When I look back on that time, I’m so appreciative of all that show taught me and made possible for me,” she tells Zap2It. “I love all the people I worked with.” They include Melissa McCarthy, who was Sookie in the “Gilmore” world. “I’m so happy for her,” Bledel says. “She’s so talented, it’s only right that she have these incredible years she’s having. I’m excited to see what else she does.”
As for her possible involvement in a “Gilmore Girls” reunion special if it ever happens, Bledel reflects, “I don’t know. I try to live in the moment and look forward. I think it would feel like going backward, creatively, to try to reimagine or reignite something that was so real to me at that time. Now, I’m sort of focused on what feels new and different, and what else I can do.”
One such venture is AMC’s “Mad Men,” on which Bledel guest-starred last season as a married woman involved with Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser, Bledel’s real-life beau). Another is “Remember Sunday,” a “Hallmark Hall of Fame” drama ABC airs Sunday, April 21; it casts Bledel as a waitress in love with a jeweler (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) whose brain aneurysm makes him forget what happened the previous day, resulting in a sort of serious “50 First Dates.”
Another possible role for Bledel is one she hasn’t been offered formally, though many fans are lobbying via the Internet for her to get it: heroine Anastasia “Ana” Steele in the screen version of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” E.L. James’ famously racy best seller.
Asked if she has thought about that, Bledel responds with an audible twinkle, “Certainly. And everyone in my life has asked me about it, because once something’s online, a lot of people consider it to be factual in some way. I’ve had to have conversations about it with pretty much everyone at one point or another, but I don’t think the script is even finished yet.”