Fussy, filterless and unapologetically French, Michel Gerard, the Dragonfly Inn's sarcastic yet lovable receptionist in “Gilmore Girls,” is one of the series' most memorable characters. This Friday, he returns for the show's Netflix revival, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”
The actor behind the role, Yanic Truesdale, is actually Canadian and not at all persnickety, but admits to sharing some commonalities with Michel—his passion for fitness, for example. We chat with Truesdale about returning to Stars Hollow, look back at his audition for the role and discover the actor’s second career as the owner of a cycling studio.
How does it feel to be reprising the role of Michel in "Gilmore Girls"?
It’s a gift because this is something that doesn’t happen much in my field. You’re usually done with a part and you move on to the next one, which is part of the excitement. So it’s rather unusual to go back to a part that you did eight years ago and have another chance at it. You have the perspective of the time that has gone by and you’re aware of the impact that the show has had.
Is anything different about filming this time around?
Yeah, we’re all more mature. [Laughs] We’re all older and I think everyone appreciated it even more this time around because we knew that this was a unique situation to have the chance to go back. The show has changed everyone’s lives, pretty much. I think everyone felt very grateful [during filming] — that’s how I felt.