Alex Borstein was set to play Sookie St. James Gilmore Girls. She even appeared in the unaired pilot episode of the series. Then Fox would not allow Borstein to do both MadTV and Gilmore Girls. Melissa McCarthy, who was relatively unknown at the time, took on the role and excelled in it. Borstein has not disappeared Gilmore Girls but complete. She was close friends with show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and writer Dan Palladino, and they worked her into the series whenever possible. Most loyal fans already know that she has landed two different supporting roles throughout the show’s seven seasons. What most people don’t know is that Borstein also lent her voice to the series.
There are a handful Gilmore Girls Episodes that seemed uneventful at the time but have burned themselves into fans’ minds. The second season episode, “Eight O’Clock at the Oasis,” is one of those episodes. While nothing major happens in the episode, Lorelai Gilmore is enticed into tending her new neighbor’s lawn. Dwight, an oversharer, told Lorelai all about his troubled marriage and angry wife Doris before giving her lawn watering instructions, all just moments after meeting her. During the watering chores, Rory Gilmore learned how angry Dwight’s wife was at him when she left a message on the answering machine that still makes our boots tremble.
Fans of the famous series never got the chance to see Doris in action. In fact, Dwight never showed up again. Maybe the mad message on his wife’s answering machine drove him out of Stars Hollow forever. Regardless of what became of Dwight, fans still love the voicemail Doris left on his answering machine. It’s among the most memorable voicemails left during the show’s seven seasons (believe it or not, there were more than a few).
Since Doris was never seen and the role was uncredited, some fans may not know that the voice actor behind the phone call was Alex Borstein. Gilmore Girls Costume designer Valerie Campbell revealed that Borstein’s voice is the one heard in the voicemail over TikTok. Campbell has garnered a massive following on her TikTok account, Valeriecateyescream. On the page, she shares a lot of behind-the-scenes facts Gilmore Girls, but does she have any other fun facts about Borstein? According to IMDb it is possible.
Campbell spilled the tea over Borstein’s job as Dwight’s abandoned lover. Despite this, Borstein lent her voice to the series a second time, according to IMDb. Borstein is credited as one of the “museum voices” in the Season 5 episode “To Live and Let Diorama”. In the episode, Stars Hollow grants old man Twickham’s wishes by turning his house into a museum. While Twickham was a collector of “things,” none were particularly valuable or interesting. Much hilarity and drama ensue.
TIED TOGETHER: Alex Borstein has more than one connection to Gilmore Girls
While Borstein’s voice was used in two episodes of Gilmore Girls, most fans associate her more easily with the roles she has appeared on screen for. She played Drella, the anxious harpist at the Independence Inn in season 1 Gilmore Girls. She later returned as Miss Celine, Emily Gilmore’s seamstress. While Borstein was happy to be involved with the series, she told Buzzfeed in 2013 that not getting the chance to portray Sookie St. James has long hurt.