Graham: Not in a formal way, but we certainly discussed what our hopes were. Most of our conversations were, "Can we imagine coming back." Is it true that Alexis was the harder sell? I did formally say at one point, "I'm not coming back." Then they thought, "Well, can we do it with just Alexis?
With that weighing heavily on my mind, as we began what would be our last interview of the golden Girls age, I held nothing back. I hear you're going to have a lot more free time on your hands.When we finished [shooting], there was a 50/50 chance we'd be returning. There was a real kind of high - that's the only way I can describe it - when we'd get these big athletic speeches and then nail it after 35 takes. The dinner tables, while a drag to shoot because it takes forever getting all the angles, were really, really fun. Graham: ( Laughs) We're totally doing the Gilmore Girls movie. So when we left the wrap party, we were like, "Bye! " Had we known [this was it], I think she would've given it up and we would've worked it in. ( Laughs) And that is a feeling that I really haven't had with another part. And there was a specific sense of humor and music to the way [Amy] would write these speeches that I'll really miss. Were you surprised at how reluctant fans were to let Luke and Lorelai go when she went off and married Christopher this season? It's like when you go see some romantic comedy movie and you're like, "Well, obviously she shouldn't be with that guy." They make it too easy. You wouldn't believe how many questions I get about this. So I always argued for other [romantic complications] because I thought it made the story better. What I hoped - and this is not to take away from David Rosenthal, who I had a really nice year with - was that she would write the finale. I wish she had been more involved this year, because I was playing a piece of her that is so specifically her. Have you spoken to her since the announcement was made? ( Laughs) But I'm auditioning for things, and I'm going to try and do another movie soon. Graham: I would do another TV series, but not right away. If I had the best thing in front of me right now I don't know that I'd be able to be excited about it, 'cause I think [you have to make room] to let the other thing pass.I just sort of wanted them to write Christopher in a way that made it a real love triangle. The Luke and Lorelai story is where the show started. But I always felt that it would cheat the fans to not have the [Luke and Lorelai] relationship be important in the whole of the show. Graham: We e-mailed and we're supposed to have a drink this week. No, you know, I'm promoting Evan Almighty, which comes out in June. So, yeah, I'd love to take a year and see what else I can do. Graham: Just that I've been truly thankful for their support and for their fanaticism ( Laughs) and their investment in these characters through all the ups and downs of a seven-year process.