Scott Patterson felt embarrassed and objectified at the end of the day.
Gilmore Girls actor Scott Patterson recently opened up about a rather uncomfortable scene he took part in in the Season 3 episode, "Keg! Max."
While reviewing the episode on his rewatch podcast I Am All In, Patterson took some time to focus on an exchange between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) that left the actor, who played Luke Danes in the series, feeling objectified.
In the scene, the two women were fawning over Luke's backside after Sookie accidentally brushed her hand against it, leaving Patterson in a state of shock after the excessive focus on his butt. "That was disturbing. I realized it wasn't okay, and it didn't make me feel comfortable at all. It made me feel really embarrassed, actually," Patterson said, per HuffPost.
He felt as though he was "treated like an object," describing it as "infuriating," "disturbing," and "disgusting," and said that he just "had to endure that through that entire scene and many takes." Patterson never brought his discomfort up at the time, instead sitting quietly through filming and waiting impatiently for the day to be over.
The fact that he never shared the way the script made him feel with the show's creator left him with a "level of shame." However, he described the set as very "rigid," explaining that actors weren't ever allowed to deviate from what was written.
He also felt torn between not wanting to "make waves" at a job that he otherwise loved and being concerned about how the scene may affect his career. "What are Academy members gonna say when they see this scene?" he'd wonder.
There's a commonality of women feeling pressured to allow themselves to be sexualized for the sake of their careers, but it's certainly not exclusive to them. "It's as disgusting for women to objectify men as it for men to objectify women, and it's as harmful," Patterson pointed out. He also said that the fact that it happened in the early 2000s, before people typically spoke up about the issue, didn't make it any less problematic.
Speaking up and denouncing objectification is the only way to fight it, so, in this case, he's better late than never!