Vanessa Marano is reprising her original “Gilmore Girls” role as April Nardini, daughter of Luke (Scott Patterson), in Netflix’s upcoming revival, and the actress dished some details on her storyline.
Marano, who stars on Freeform’s “Switched at Birth,” revealed to Variety this weekend that she will appear in the Netflix installment titled “Summer.”
The present-day reboot, which picks up eight years after the original series ended, is divided into four 90-minute episodes that each represent one season of a calendar year, thus titled “Winter,” Spring,” Summer” and “Fall.” While no premiere date has been set, the “Gilmore Girls” continuation will launch later this year.
Speaking to Variety on Saturday at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards — where she walked the red carpet with her sister, Laura Marano, who starred on Disney’s “Austin & Ally” (pictured above) — Marano teased, “April’s in college now, and she’s living the college life, so a lot of her life gets discussed at a dinner table with family members. I don’t know how much more I can say than that — it’s Gilmore family members.”
April was a polarizing character on the original series, as some fans of the show blamed her for the breakup of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke, as he turned to the unexpected responsibility of having a daughter. In the recently released first photos of the Netflix revival, Luke and Lorelai are holding hands, suggesting that they’re still on — and with Marano’s teaser that April will be sitting at the table with Gilmore members, it seems like she’ll be back from college to visit her dad, who’s dining with Lorelai and co.
Marano appeared in the sixth and seventh seasons of “Gilmore Girls.” She, plus Graham and Patterson, join previously announced cast members Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Milo Ventimiglia, David Sutcliffe, Jared Padalecki, Matt Czuchry, Liza Weil, Sally Struthers, Sean Gunn, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Danny Strong — and yes, Melissa McCarthy.
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