The actor, 58, played the grizzly but lovable Luke Danes who falls in love with Dragonfly Inn owner Lorelai Gilmore (Graham) in the original CW series and recent Netflix revival A Year in the Life. In the new four-part series, audiences finally get to see a happy ending between the Luke’s Diner owner and his longtime love interest when they tie the knot at the end of the “Fall” episode.
But, the on-screen attraction between the two characters reached far beyond Stars Hollow, at least for Patterson.
In an interview with Wake Up with Taylor, the actor is asked by the host, “Everyone wants to know if you’ve, over the years of working with Lauren, have had a crush on her at any given point in working together?”
Patterson’s answer? “Hell yes!” Although GG diehards might love to see a romance bloom between the two costars, Graham is happily in love with her Parenthood cast mate Peter Krause, who also made a cameo in the revival.
The Wake Up with Taylor host also inquired with Patterson about the series coming to an abrupt end in 2007 with its seventh season. Like the majority of fans, the actor was sad to see the show, which left numerous ends untied, come to a close.
“Season 7 ended — we didn’t know it was the end of the series,” Patterson explained. “We didn’t. I got the call in Toronto on a film set that summer that the show was cancelled.”
Unfortunately, the series came to an end without its creator-writer Amy Sherman-Palladino — but the actor wasn’t surprised. “I did cry. I don’t know if I really felt that bad,” he said, and added, “I wasn’t terribly surprised. I think people were sort of getting artistically bankrupt. People were getting like, ‘Eh, let’s move on.’ ”
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is now streaming on Netflix.