Here’s What Reese Witherspoon and Cheryl Strayed Say About Their Gilmore Girls Revival Moment
Plenty of the Gilmore Girls' fast-talking dialogue is chock full of pop cultural references, name-checking everything from Dolly Parton to the Menendez brothers. So naturally, when the show revival dropped on Netflix, fans were curious to see if the show would reference the cultural trends of the last decade.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life more than delivered when it came to staying up on recent events in pop culture, invoking man buns, Game of Thrones, and Marie Kondo; however, one of Lorelai’s central plot lines centered on an especially poignant moment from entertainment: Cheryl Strayed’s memoir turned movie, Wild.
The moment wasn’t lost on Strayed, who took to her Instagram to express her emotions after seeing Wild referenced while watching the revival with her daughter.
Gobsmacked & honored by the Wild homage in @gilmoregirls Year in the Life. I watched it yesterday with my daughter, Bobbi (who is named after my mother). Like so many people, in Lorelai and Rory, I see pieces of myself, my mother, and my daughter. That scene when Lorelai wanders behind the closed store near the trail and looks out across the wild landscape then calls her mom? Took my breath away and made me cry (after laughing at so many others parts). I reached for my daughter's hand and told her someday she'd understand why I was crying. She said, "I understand already, Mom." Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and all the people who made this show: thank you. Y'all touched so many of our hearts. #gilmoregirls #staywild
Actor Reese Witherspoon, who played Strayed in the film adaptation of Wild also chimed in on Twitter about the film’s reference and the fact that Lorelai uses a tote from her personal clothing line.