They pursued her—“oh my fans, things ended up working out in the end.

Once Graham and Bledel were in place, Anthony and Mossberg were able to select actors from the options they had lined up for other roles.

To Bishop’s surprise, she arrived to find that she had been the only person invited outside of Herrmann’s family.“He was a great guy,” Bishop said. He was just a delightful guy.”Some roles were harder than others to cast.

As Lorelai, Graham portrayed one of TV’s most complicated and empathetic young mothers to date; as Rory, Bledel became an equally magnetic mascot for introverted bookworms everywhere.

(Anthony declined to name any of the actresses Bledel beat out for the role.) And the magnificently strange hodgepodge of eccentrics that surrounded them—their high-society relatives, their nosy neighbors, and everyone else—only made their world more appealing.

Somehow, in that time, she and Mossberg managed to find and secure most of the series’s most important players. Credit goes to Mara Casey and Jami Rudofsky, who cast the remainder of the series once it got picked up, as well as its upcoming Netflix revival. Casey summarized it this way: “Amy”—that’s Sherman-Palladino, creator of —“wanted funny.

‘Just get me funny.’”“‘And talk fast,’” added Rudofsky.

Unsurprisingly, “it just didn’t feel organic.” Then in walked Yanic Truesdale, who had already made a name for himself back in Canada—but was just trying to break into show business in the States.“He came in and auditioned, and Julie and I looked at each other and went, ‘Hallelujah. Speaking with Truesdale recalled the crazy path that led him to Stars Hollow: after a few “kind of brutal” months of trying to secure work, a friend asked him to come to lunch with her and a guy who had been flirting with her—who happened to be an assistant at Creative Artists Agency.

Six months later, that assistant had become an agent.“He called me out of the blue, and said, ‘I just read this breakdown for this part, and I thought of you,’” Truesdale said.

He went in for the audition, and four callbacks later, we got the ennui-laden concierge we all know and love.

The series had already fired two Deans when Rudofsky and Casey got started as casting directors.

In casting the elder of the two Lorelais (Rory’s real name is also Lorelai), Anthony said she and Mossberg “were looking for [someone] really smart, witty—someone who was able to do that rat-a-tat kind of banter with her daughter.”That turned out to be a difficult ask—especially because the thirtysomething actresses they were after didn’t really want to play the mother of a teenager.

Luckily, there was Graham—whom both Anthony and Mossberg were convinced was just right for the part.

But finding the perfect actors to play those beloved characters was a process—one that wasn’t always easy.