If you watch the show Gilmore Girls you are probably pretty familiar with Paris Geller. Liza Weil plays this fun character that is kind of Rory Gilmore’s nemesis. Well, she’s fun to watch, and she’s probably fun to play. However, she’s probably not too fun to actually be around if she were a real person.
I think Paris is really on the show to juxtapose against Rory. She isn’t your typical teenager. Paris studies hard. She stays out of trouble. She is focused on a goal. However, whereas Rory is happy and somewhat balanced, Paris is completely over the top and rarely jokes or smiles.
Paris really focuses on getting into Harvard and is one of the most driven characters you will ever meet in that regard. She enjoys being competitive with Rory.
In fact Paris Geller is a huge thorn in Rory’s side and tries to get her to quit or flunk out of Chilton throughout the show. A weird friendship develops, even though they constantly still try to push each other.
The one area where Paris doesn’t shine is dating. She eventually finds love, but then almost screws it up by trying to make it logical. A lot of the best lines on the show belong to her. She wants to be both a lawyer and a doctor. She rarely sleeps. Instead she spends a lot of time crafting to try and calm her. She has very dead pan expressions. She is definitely one of the more interesting characters on modern TV.
Richard Gilmore is one of the more minor characters on Gilmore Girls. He lives in Hartford Connecticut instead of Stars Hollow. Edward Herrmann is the actor who really brings this character to life.
He has a very stable role in the family. He is Lorelai’s father and Rory’s grandfather. He is married to Emily.
At first he seems quite intimidating but he has a soft spot for all of his girls. He often comes off as slightly warmer and less disapproving than Emily. However, when he thinks he is right he rarely thinks about others feelings and has an explosive temper.
There are some surprising similarities that Rory finds with her grandfather. She even enjoys the country club as well as golfing, although it’s quite unsuccessful. He seems to hate all of the social events that Emily plans but he likes the logic and the predictability of that life.
He went to Yale, and always wants Rory to do the same. One of the bigger misadventures he has during the show is when he drags Rory to Yale and sets up an interview without her knowledge. This leads to one of the bigger fights between him, Lorelai, and Rory.
He works in the insurance business and often talks about how much he loves wearing a suit. In fact the only time he really loosens his tie at the dinner table is when he has a heart problem. This happens several times throughout the show. Even with his health problems he refuses to retire. Instead, he ends up starting his own company when he is forced out of his old one. He does have a lot of conflict with Lorelai even though he seems to be the more loving parent when compared to Emily. He too thinks that Lorelai should have gotten married and continued her education, but at times he does seem to take pride in her accomplishments.
Emily Gilmore is one of the key cast members on the show Gilmore Girls. She doesn’t live in Stars Hollow really preferring city life a lot more. She is Lorelai’s mother and Rory Gilmore’s grandmother. Kelly Bishop is the actress who plays this role and it’s amazing how her body language and tone of voice are so much softer and gentler than Emily’s.
As far as looks go the only thing that is really a little bit out there about Emily is her slight red hair. She usually dresses in suits and pearls.
Her relationship is totally different with both Lorelai and Rory. Lorelei seems to be a constant disappointment and the two of them try to find even ground throughout the show and tend to fail almost every single time.
She never really forgives Lorelai for leaving her household, or not marrying Rory’s father. This can even be a source of fights much later in the show. However, she really just dotes on Rory. She even makes Rory her own room in her home at one point. She also tries to take over the mother role throughout the show. She constantly tells Lorelai how to raise Rory. She hopes that Rory will one day become everything that Lorelai is not. She wants her to go to an Ivy League school, join society, and marry well.
She is also Richard’s wife and takes great pride in that. She spends most of her time planning elaborate meals. She does a lot of charity work and goes to lots of Daughters of the American Revolution meetings. In later seasons this life seems a little bit less appealing. She starts questioning her worth which ends up hurting her marriage and her relationships with other family members.
As far as her comedic role in the show she is known for getting rid of her maids almost every single episode. Not even the maids can meet up to her impeccably high standards. She rarely knows what country they are from or even their names. She has a very dry sense of humor and rarely makes any jokes. However, she does have cutting wit and sarcasm but it often comes off as mean. We never really find out what happened to make her so cold, whether it’s just a generation gap or an unpleasant childhood.
Emily Gilmore is all about control. In fact the only way that she can get Rory and Lorelai to see her on a consistent basis is just to basically bribe them. Richard Gilmore looks ready to just give Lorelai the money for Rory’s Chilton education. However, Emily insists that she institutes Friday night dinners. Emily always looks at this as an arrangement, while Lorelai views it as a loan. It leads to one of the bigger fights between the two on the show.