'Gilmore Girls' Star Talks Correctly Predicting Those Final 4 Words

Vanessa Marano, who played April Nardini on the series, discusses the cliffhanger ending and the upcoming final season of 'Switched at Birth.'
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A week before Netflix released the highly anticipated Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life back in November, The Hollywood Reporter asked cast old and new to predict the final four words.

Much to THR's surprise, one castmember got it right. (At least 75 percent of it.) Vanessa Marano, who played April Nardini for the last two seasons during the series' original run, guessed that last four words would be "Mom, I'm pregnant, psych."

The actress was equally shocked – if not more so.

"I was sitting there watching with my little sister. She was like, 'I cannot believe that you guessed it," Marano recently told THR when asked about her prediction. "I was like, 'I didn’t do it on purpose. It was a joke!' I didn’t think they'd really do it."

As a longtime fan of the show, Marano had mixed feelings about the way things ended in the four-part revival, and particularly Rory's confession to her mother about her unplanned pregnancy.

"Now I'm upset because it’s a cliffhanger. It was supposed to be closure," she says. "Now I want more, which I wouldn’t be mad if there was more, I would be ecstatic if there was more, so it was brilliant on [creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's] part."

However, Marano said she hasn't heard anything about additional episodes. "I have not talked to anyone in the cast or the crew actually so we'll see," she says.

As for her own character's fate on the revival  April pops up in the "Summer" installment as an MIT student trying desperately to fit in with her college cohorts  Marano admits she was also surprised. "I did not think that she would be posing as a pothead. I didn’t think that that was going to be her thing but I loved it," she admits. "I thought it was hilarious. It made sense too. I loved what they did with it."

Given Marano's newly found skill set, THR also had to ask who she thinks the father of Rory's unborn child is since that was left unclear at the end of the revival. "I hope to God its not the wookie, but I hope its not Logan either," she says with a laugh.

"What I think is interesting is the way that we did kind of end the series is Logan in a weird way is her Christopher and Jess is her Luke. I thought it was a very interesting commentary on, 'try as you might to escape your past, history always repeats itself,' which I didn’t really realize was a message in Gilmore Girls until that moment."

 
Until Marano gets word about a potential Gilmore Girls revival sequel, the veteran actress is turning her attention to the final run of her Freeform series Switched at Birth. After a yearlong hiatus, the Peabody-winning drama returns Jan. 31 for its final 10 episodes.

"We come back and its 10 months later and it's like all this stuff has happened but you don't know what it is yet and it all gets revealed within the first 20 minutes," she teases.

"You find these characters who have matured so much or think they have matured so much but then they get dragged right back to where they were and they're fighting against it so that's, I think, the fun of it."

Much like on Gilmore Girls, Marano says she was left largely in the dark about how the series and her character, Bay Kennish, would say goodbye.

"There weren’t a lot of discussions about that, it was going to be what it was going to be. That’s how it's always been with Switched at Birth," Marano says. "[Creator] Lizzy [Weiss] as a storyteller loves to reveal. She doesn’t want anyone to know until it's written on the page so she can see your face – that is the most satisfying thing in the world for her."

When asked whether viewers will find the series finale satisfying, Marano is confident. "I think so, because what's nice about it is it does tie everything up and all the characters come out on top if that makes sense, not necessarily in the way you'd expect though. They get what they want but they didn’t necessarily realize that's they wanted."

No word yet on whether that includes (another) surprise pregnancy.

Switched at Birth's final season premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Freeform.

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