Vive Michel! Yanic Truesdale recently spoke with TVInsider about his role in Netflix’s upcoming Gilmore Girls revival and the impact of the show at large.
Truesdale played the snooty French concierge Michel on the WB/CW dramedy for seven seasons before the series was cancelled in 2007.
In the interview, Truesdale said Gilmore Girls changed his life when it originally aired:
In every way, it introduced me. I’d done a lot of Canadian television, which I’m still doing, but Canadian television doesn’t have a worldwide audience. When you do a hit show in Hollywood, it’s sold in eighty countries. You know, and you go to Israel, and you go to Italy, or you go to a small village in Spain, or Indonesia, and people recognize, so that’s a very, at first, was a very new a strange feeling, and it also introduced me in a big way to the industry.”
The actor also touched on how the death of Edward Herrmann, who played Richard Gilmore in the original series, would affect the reboot:
Well, he is the father figure, this is a family show, this is about her strained relationship with her parents, so by not having the dad it really takes away that relationship with the parents, now it’s just the relationship with the mom, which Amy is working around that beautifully and Emily is going through a lot of things on her own because of the loss of her husband.
He added that the revival series will further explore Michel’s personal life:
Well, what you will see is more of him as a person, in his personal life because Michel has been a character that you’ve mainly seen at work, you knew very little about his personal, where he lived or who he’s dating, anything really, we didn’t see anything. That is different with this revival so we get to know more of him and more of his personal life and I find that, personally, very satisfying and I think the audience will find that very satisfying because they’ll get to know him better.”
Netflix’s Gilmore Girls reboot is expected to launch later this year.
What do you think? Did you watch Gilmore Girls? Are you a fan of Michel? Will you watch the reboot?