Ginny & Georgia just isn’t fairly this era’s Gilmore Girls, however followers of the latter might be hooked regardless. Netflix’s subsequent YA collection has been in comparison with the beloved present because it was introduced, however the likeness between the 2 begins and ends with their central characters — a younger mom and her teenage daughter.
“There’s a reason that Georgia in the pilot episode says, ‘We’re like the Gilmore girls but with bigger boobs.’ They’re so iconic,” creator and govt producer Sarah Lampert advised ET. “… I think that when you have any 30-year-old mom and 15-year-old daughter, of course the first reference that you’re going to get is Gilmore Girls because that was the seminal example of that and such a beloved show.”
Mom Georgia (Brianne Howey) and daughter Ginny (Antonia Gentry) aren’t any Lorelai and Rory, although. While floor similarities actually exist — Georgia’s less-than-stellar historical past with males and her sophisticated relationship together with her daughter’s motorcycle-riding father, to call two — they’re enveloped inside a world that is most actually not Stars Hollow.
“I would say that anyone who watches the show halfway into the first episode will say, ‘Oh, this is its own thing,'” showrunner and govt producer Debra J. Fisher advised ET.
While Gilmore Girls‘ beloved city is understood for its quirk, Ginny & Georgia‘s small New England setting is all concerning the scandal — and we’re not speaking stealing cornstarch after a primary kiss. The teenage lives on Ginny & Georgia have extra in frequent with these on Euphoria than at Chilton. The mother-daughter relationship holds extra secrets and techniques than similarities. And the general vibe of the present is rather more Pretty Little Liars than Hart of Dixie.
“There are some similarities, but more so Ginny & Georgia is a much different beast. You notice that as soon as the show starts,” Gentry, who binged the primary three seasons of Gilmore Girls together with her mother after touchdown the position, advised ET. “It’s completely different. It’s very, very fun, and dark, and gritty, and I think that’s what makes it fresh.”
Howey, who grew up watching Gilmore Girls and located the comparisons “flattering,” agreed together with her onscreen daughter.
“I think pretty quickly when audiences are watching they’re gonna notice that Ginny & Georgia is a little bit edgier and there’s a little bit of a different message,” Howey teased to ET. “Tonally it mixes it up.”
Meanwhile, Sara Waisglass, who performs Ginny’s finest good friend, Maxine — a personality that has little in frequent with Rory’s BFF, Lane — thinks the “only real similarity is that it’s a young mother and a young daughter.”
“I think Ginny & Georgia‘s its own thing. We deal with a lot more very dark things, and things that are happening now,” she stated. “Gilmore Girls fans can probably watch and they’ll know right off the bat that this is not another Gilmore Girls, this is Ginny & Georgia. This is a new ballgame.”
In addition to the tonal and plot variations between Gilmore Girls and Ginny & Georgia, the latter present makes an actual effort to point out variety, one thing that the previous collection is usually criticized for its lack of.
“We wanted all of our actors to be able to bring out their own unique lived experience,” Lampert stated, noting that Ginny, like Gentry who performs her, is biracial.
“[Lampert] asked me about my own personal experiences growing up as a young biracial girl. There are real stories, real scenes, in the show that have happened to me in real life… It’s surreal to feel you have a voice that is actually being heard and is on a Netflix show,” Gentry stated. “… If I had a show like this when I was that age, I definitely would’ve had an easier time, so that’s why I think it’s super, super important right now.”
On prime of being racially various, Ginny & Georgia additionally contains a deaf character and contains scenes with ASL. Waisglass, who’s onscreen dad is deaf in actual life just like the character he performs on the present, celebrated the present’s dedication to variety.
“The inclusion of ASL was like a magical experience just on a personal note… We literally got to learn a new language for this role,” she stated. “It’s absolutely unbelievable and it is inclusive. I just love that aspect of the show. I thought that was such a great thing.”
While Gilmore Girls largely maintained its family-friendly nature by sticking to bad-boy crushes and faculty acceptance fears for its drama, Ginny & Georgia is not afraid to discover intercourse, ingesting and extra.
“Some of these subjects are heavier and maybe taboo, but it’s so, so important to destigmatize them,” Howey stated. “Especially with the young adult audience, they’re our future. If Ginny & Georgia can be a part of that conversation, it’s a privilege.”
“I think the thing I love the most about the show is it’s extremely honest about what’s happening right now, and what this generation is like,” Waisglass agreed. “It’s complicated. It’s tricky… I think that the way that they handle all of this stuff and the actions that everyone takes, I think it’s so, so relatable and so refreshing, because that’s literally what’s happening right now.”
Even with all of the variations between the 2 reveals, Lampert and Fisher, who each contemplate themselves followers of Gilmore Girls, have been conscious of the “potential ire from Gilmore Girls fans.”
“I think what was really important for us was for the show to really stand on its own and to be its own thing, mostly because nothing can ever be Gilmore Girls,” Lampert stated. “That wasn’t ever something that we even wanted to attempt to try.”
Instead, the pair wished to point out a practical mother-daughter relationship, a purpose Lampert hopes Ginny & Georgia will encourage others to take up as nicely.
“I love the comparison,” Lampert stated. “I think it’s fun, but I also hope that this opens the door for 18 more shows about mother-daughter relationships because I will watch them all.”
Ginny & Georgia debuts Feb. 24 on Netflix.
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