Weil didn’t necessarily have the most traditional childhood, but neither does her own daughter, Josephine. With parents that are both actors, the six-year-old has spent a lot of her time on film sets. But the way that Weil sees it, this is Josephine’s own version of normal.
“Right now, we're in a really lovely situation because of the shows that I work on; Viola Davis' daughter is very close in age, and that's the first time since I've been working that there's been a compatriot for [Josephine],” says Weil. “When she comes to set to visit me, she has her own life on set with Viola's daughter. That makes me very very happy. She's pretty low-key about it; I think that she's at an age now where she sort of knows what we do. She's certainly unimpressed.”
Little does Weil’s daughter realize the imprint that her mother has made on hundreds of thousands of mother-daughter duos across the world with Gilmore Girls. Paris Gellar was essentially a high school girl’s worst nightmare, but eventually, viewers had a change of heart about the villain of Chilton.
“In the very beginning, I think Paris did sort of present a one-dimensionality. She was just sort of very confrontational and mean and driven,” Weil says. “I think that was daunting for me, not knowing where that behavior was coming from.”
Left look: top and skirt by Christian Dior, earring by Annelise Michelson. Right look: Turtleneck dress by Peet Dullaert, earrings by Cartier