‘Gilmore Girls’: Yanic Truesdale’s Favorite Line of Michel Gerard’s Is 1 ‘No One Would Say in Their Right Mind’

Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale) is one of the quirky supporting characters on Gilmore Girls. A rude, grumpy Frenchman, Michel’s known for his designer suits and eating habits. He has many memorable lines on the TV show but one stands out for Truesdale as his favorite. 

Yanic Truesdale at the premiere of 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
dYanic Truesdale at the premiere of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Michel Gerard works with Lorelai Gilmore and Sookie St. James

Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) runs the Independence Inn in Gilmore Girls Season 1. Her best friend, Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy), is the inn’s chef and Michel the concierge. 

Even though he seems to hate his job and often despise Lorelai and Sookie, Michel considers them his friends. So much so that when Lorelai and Sookie decide to open their own inn, Michel comes along. 

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Yanic Truesdale’s favorite Michel Gerard line is from an early episode

The Gilmore Girls pilot aired on Oct. 5, 2000. Speaking with Today to mark 20 years of the popular series Truesdale shared his all-time favorite line of Michel’s. 

“One line that I really thought was funny people don’t mention that line to me but I think it’s a really, really funny line because it’s so inappropriate,” he said. 

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What line is he referring to? Something Michel says in Gilmore Girls Season 1 Episode 2: “The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton.” 

A group of older women arrives at the inn and one says to Michel, “Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me where we can find the best Antiques?” to which he replies, “At your house, I’d guess.”

“I just thought it was so funny because no one would say that in their right mind,” Truesdale said. 

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The ‘Gilmore Girls’ character was supposed to be much older

Born in March 1970, Truesdale was 30 years old when the Gilmore Girls pilot aired. But as he revealed in his Today interview, the show was looking to cast an actor closer to 60 for the role of Michel. Unable to find someone of that age for the part, the show widened their search. 

When Truesdale read the script for the pilot he felt he could play the character of Michel “well.” He auditioned — his first in Los Angeles — but didn’t hear back for two weeks. 

Yanic Truesdale, Lauren Graham, Kelly BIshop, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, and Scott Patterson at the TCA Awards
Yanic Truesdale, Lauren Graham, Kelly BIshop, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, and Scott Patterson at the TCA Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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He started to doubt his performance thinking to himself, “Hmm, all right I guess I was wrong.” 

Truesdale followed up and found out that he’d made it to the next round of auditions. He, of course, landed the role and went on to make Michel his “vision for a French person coming to America.” 

Truesdale reprised his role as Michel in 2016 for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Watch the revival and the original series on Netflix.

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