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Is Stars Hollow a Real Place? Where ‘Gilmore Girls’ Was Filmed

Is Stars Hollow a Real Place? Where ‘Gilmore Girls’ Was Filmed

During the run of Gilmore Girls, the show was set in mythical Stars Hollow, Connecticut, but that wasn’t where it was filmed. The drama, which appeared on The CW and The WB, actually was filmed at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, California.

The show proved to be quite popular in its seven-season run. Cast members included Alexis Biedel, Lauren Graham, Jared Padalecki, Melissa McCarthy, and Matt Czuchry. At the heart of Gilmore Girls was the relationship between single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Graham) and her daughter Rory Gilmore (Biedel).

When filming the show on the Warner Bros. Studio, they turned Midwest Street on the lot into Stars Hollow. Yet the show would go off the lot sometimes. They filmed some scenes at the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Connecticut. This also helped give Stars Hollow a sense of home and comfort in the small space. Plus, Washington was the inspiration behind Stars Hollow, so if you want to visit a location near the heart of Gilmore Girls, then go here.

‘Gilmore Girls’ Shots Filmed On Midwest Street

Midwest Street also is where places like Stars Hollow Books, Dose’s Market, Luke’s Diner, and the Dragonfly Inn put out their shingles. One structure that remains on Midwest Street all these years later is the Stars Hollow gazebo. Fans will go out of their way to grab a photo at this iconic location.

Using Midwest Street as part of Stars Hollow makes sense. Why? Because portions of it could be reused for different scenes, whether it’s in summer or bone-chilling winter. The production team on Gilmore Girls knew what they were doing here.

An interesting tidbit some longtime fans may or may not know is the show’s pilot episode was filmed in Unionville, which is a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Take note that in the show’s opening scenes, that panoramic view is Royalton, Vermont.

In watching the show, fans can see how Biedel connects by playing Rory. A few years ago, Biedel was part of a Gilmore Girls reunion on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. When Cohen gets around to Biedel, Today reports that he asked her, “Be honest: Which of the Stars Hollow townsfolk annoyed you the most?” Biedel said, “None of them.” Yet she wasn’t through with her answer.

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“But I was really annoyed when they put me in a silly costume for a town event,” Biedel said. “That was humiliating.” This would happen around one of the festivals that took place in Stars Hollow.

And over the years, Gilmore Girls fans wondered if Graham and Patterson were dating. The couple showed sparks of infatuation while playing Lorelei and Luke Danes. There were rumors that a feud existed between Graham and Patterson, but that never happened, ScreenRant said.

Actually, they kept things professional while they worked on the show. The actors never dated, either, so that news might disappoint some longtime fans. Patterson does host a podcast and has said that he’d love to have Graham on there. But when the right time comes along, he has said.

If you want to watch Gilmore Girls and its reunion movie, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, you can find them on Netflix.