Amy Sherman-Palladino’s screenplays are notoriously wordy, and Gilmore Girls is no exception. The series is known for its miles of dialogue, which is often peppered with pop culture references and other jokes. It’s part of what gives Gilmore Girls its charm, but engaging in all that dialogue could be a drain on the cast.
In Keiko Agena’s Reddit AMA, a fan asked if she ever relied on cue cards to help with the “VERY wordy scripts.” Agena quickly dismissed the idea and replied, “Hahahaha! HAHAHA!” She continued, “No cue cards! Absolutely not! Yes, the scripts were daunting and we had to be Word perfect.” For Agena, these scripts and the perfection they required are still a source of ongoing stress. “I still have nightmares about it.”
Agena isn’t the only cast member to grapple with the non-stop banter. The late Edward Herrmann did not like the long scripts. “It was tough because the scripts were so long,” the actor, who played Richard Gilmore, said in an interview with author AS Berman. “So yes, there was a lot of fast talking, even for old pros like Kelly [Bishop] and myself, it was hard.”