Hello friends! I know you’re all excited to meet my next Celeb Sit Down guest from one of our all-time favorite shows, Gilmore Girls! This blog post is long-anticipated, as I’ve had this interview since early summer.
Now that we’re only three days away from the revival, it’s time for me to share my exclusive interview with the one and only… Emily Kuroda! You know Emily as the notorious “Mrs. Kim,” the mother of Rory’s best friend, Lane. From her fierce warnings about boys to her ruthless rules (“You break, you buy!”), Mrs. Kim has brought us many laughs throughout the series. So pour a cup of coffee, order some pizza and enjoy!
RS: What was it like reuniting with the Gilmore Girls cast? Who were you excited to see?
EK: The table read was so much fun. It was nice to see everyone! Keiko wasn’t there because she was shooting Grimm.
RS: What is your favorite episode of Gilmore Girls and why?
EK: I love them all, but one of my favorites is when I decide to kick Lane out of the house because she had looked me in the eye and lied to me. As she was leaving, Amy and Dan wrote a very short quiet scene — underlined with maternal conflict, fear, hurt and love.
RS: You have described yourself as “shy.” Are people surprised when they discover that your personality is very different from that of your character?
EK: They usually think it’s pretty funny.
RS: Gilmore Girls debuted in 2000. Did you expect the series to gain such longstanding popularity? Why do you think the show resonates with many different audiences?
EK: Amy and Dan are smart and witty and refuse to talk down to people. With so many shows on TV the audience is ahead of the story, but with GG they are always catching up. Jokes are not underlined, and when the audience catches one it is especially delicious. It is also based on real (although often far fetched) characters with very real relationships. Gilmore Girls appeals to the heart and the mind, and I think that is the reason the show has been so accepted and appreciated globally.
RS: Even though Mrs. Kim and Lorelai are very different, they are both independent mothers with compelling mother-daughter relationships. What parallels can you draw between the two characters?
EK: The parallels between Lorelai and Mrs. Kim are the love for their only daughter and the difficulty of motherhood. Although Mrs. Kim has a loud bark, there were many times she doubted herself and her decisions.
RS: You had many comedic moments on the show. Can you remember a specific scene that was hard to film without laughing?
EK: The Bracebridge Dinner. I sat across the table from Sally Struthers (Babette) and Liz Torres (Miss Patty) — the two funniest (and kindest) ladies on the planet!
RS: The show never addresses the character of Lane’s father. If you had to write in the character or history of Mr. Kim, what would his story be?
EK: It keeps changing. Sometimes I thought he was a missionary, or he had another family in Korea, or he’s a rockstar on the road…
RS: With over 30 years of experience in theater and television, which do you prefer?
EK: Gilmore girls was like a theater piece, but one that built and explored its characters over seven years. How lucky am I to have been given that!
Watch this clip from Emily’s favorite episode, “In the Clamor and the Clangor” (Season 4, Episode 11). Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, will premiere on Netflix Friday, November 25!