‘Gilmore Girls’: Rusty Schwimmer Never Broke Character, Except When 1 Co-Star Made Her Laugh

'Gilmore Girls': Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham sit at a table outside
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Schwimmer was a guest on Scott Patterson’s I Am All In podcast on Dec. 14 to discuss her episodes of Gilmore Girls. Schwimmer played Bruce, the midwife in two episodes when Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) had her baby. There was one person in the Gilmore Girls cast who made Schwimmer ruin takes by laughing.

Nick Offerman was Rusty Schwimmer’s kryptonite on ‘Gilmore Girls’

Before he was Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman was on two episodes of Gilmore Girls. Offerman played Beau Belleville, Jackson’s brother. His first episode was in season 4, which was Bruce’s first appearance. 

“The only time, to be honest, that I had a hard time keeping a straight face was when I had to look into Nick’s eyes,” Schwimmer said on

Gilmore Girls was an hour long drama, but with such witty dialogue it was equal parts comedy. That is, it was comedy for the audience. The actors still had to play it as straight drama, because it was their lives. Even the best of us break from time to time. Third time was the charm for Gilmore Girls guest star Rusty Schwimmer, after two other auditions for the show. Once she filmed, Schwimmer said there was one co-star who could make her break on the show. 

L-R: Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham | Mitchell Haddad/The WB/Getty Images

Schwimmer was a guest on Scott Patterson’s I Am All In podcast on Dec. 14 to discuss her episodes of Gilmore Girls. Schwimmer played Bruce, the midwife in two episodes when Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) had her baby. There was one person in the Gilmore Girls cast who made Schwimmer ruin takes by laughing.

Nick Offerman was Rusty Schwimmer’s kryptonite on ‘Gilmore Girls’

Before he was Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman was on two episodes of Gilmore Girls. Offerman played Beau Belleville, Jackson’s brother. His first episode was in season 4, which was Bruce’s first appearance. 

“The only time, to be honest, that I had a hard time keeping a straight face was when I had to look into Nick’s eyes,” Schwimmer said on I Am All In. “I said, ‘Don’t make me laugh right now. Don’t do it.’”

Other than Nick Offerman, nobody could make Rusty Schwimmer break character

Bruce was memorable for her laser focus on midwifing. On a breezy show like Gilmore Girls, being ultra serious was quite a contrast. Schwimmer said that helped her stay in character, Offerman notwithstanding. You could hear when she spoke naturally with Patterson she is not Bruce in real life. 

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“But, for some reason, once I was in Bruce, for the most part I kind of had that mindset that this was a very serious situation,” Schwimmer said. “Very serious, right?”

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