Back to Stars Hollow! Melissa McCarthy opened up about her emotional return to the Gilmore Girls set while attending the Time 100 gala in NYC on Tuesday, April 26.
“I went back and visited about two weeks ago and saw the sets again and everybody on them and it just felt — oh, my God, I get so sentimental,” McCarthy, 45, told Us Weekly. “It felt like the greatest idea in the world. It was just lovely. It was just lovely.”
Earlier this month, McCarthy announced that she would be reprising her role as Sookie St. James in the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls, despite saying earlier that she would not be involved. The Boss actress revealed the news during The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 7, stating that prior commitments almost kept her from joining the project, which stars Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) and Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore).
“There was the longest time when it was just not going to work out, schedulewise, and then once we decided, like, ‘Is there any possible way?’ Something big fell out for me [and] something changed for them …” McCarthy explained to Us on Tuesday.
The Spy star played Lorelai Gilmore’s BFF and the Dragonfly Inn head chef on Gilmore Girls from 2000 to 2007. Since then, she’s become a bona fide movie star, with hits such as Bridesmaids and The Heat. Up next, she is set to promote Ghostbusters. McCarthy stars in the action flick with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.
“Getting to go to work every day with [director] Paul Feig and with those three other ladies, and all the different people we had in and out of there, [was fun]. There’s not a bad day that we had,” she told Us Tuesday. “At the end of those four months, you [left] heartbroken.”
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