AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 9: Moderator Stacey Oristano attends the "Controlled Chaos: The Art of TV Stunts" panel during the 2016 ATX Television Festival at the Stephen F. Austin InterContinental Hotel on June 9, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tammy Perez/Picturegroup)

Stacey Oristano Talks ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival and ‘Friday Night Lights’ [Video]

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Coming to the ATX Television Festival is a highlight for the Friday Night Lights cast, as they all said at the 10-Year Reunion Tailgate Party.

We chatted with Stacey Oristano, who played Mindy Riggins on the series, at the opening night red carpet event about why she loves coming to the festival each year as well as her upcoming role on the Gilmore Girls revival.

“This particular festival, the ATX Festival, is what I look forward to every year. It’s in Austin, and it’s super exciting to do that. These girls (Festival Co-Founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson) do such an amazing job…everything’s easy.”

Oristano traded in her Dillon High roots for dancing shoes when she joined the cast of Bunheads, Amy- Sherman Palladino’s follow-up series after Gilmore Girls.

The two kept a relationship after the series ended, and Oristano will soon be seen in the much-anticipated Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

We asked Oristano how that call to be a part of the revival happened.

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“The minute they announced that she was doing that, she sent me an e-mail, and she’s like, ‘Obviously I’m writing something for you.’ I was like, ‘That’s the coolest thing ever.’”

“It was the first time that I’d ever had anybody write something specifically for me, so it was interesting to be like, ‘Oh, this is how you hear me. I get it. I get what we’re going for here. This makes sense to me.’”

Oristano also told us about the character she’ll be playing.

“I kind of do what I always do. I go in, and I cause trouble for the main characters. Like, that’s always my job. I just make things tough for other people. And that’s what I do, a little bit.”

You can check out all of our coverage of the ATX Television Festival right here!

Additional reporting by Ashley Bissette Sumerel.

Photos from the ATX Television Festival Opening Night Event:

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Christine Laskodi

Christine is guilty of watching Gilmore Girls endlessly since 2000. She also writes about television for TV Fanatic. Christine co-hosts a podcast about television 'shipping, the Shipping Room Podcast, available on iTunes. Her current favorite shows to watch include Veep, Supernatural, Silicon Valley, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Christine still wishes she was a vampire slayer and will always pledge her allegiances to Team Jess. Follow her on Twitter @ChrissyMarie47.

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