EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy dishes on 'overwhelming' return to 'Gilmore Girls': 'I got so sentimental'

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Melissa McCarthy Says 'Sentimental' 'Gilmore Girls' Reboot Felt Like 'We Didn't Skip a Beat'

Melissa McCarthy is rebooting two major properties this summer, starring in both the Ghostbusters reboot and Gilmore Girls Netflix revival series, and the 45-year-old actress could not be more excited.

"I got so sentimental," McCarthy told ET of returning to Stars Hollow. "I stopped by about two weeks ago, I think, and just saw the sets and saw everybody there. It kind of felt like we didn't skip a beat."

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McCarthy, who was honored at the Time 100 Gala in New York City on Tuesday, played fan favorite Sookie St. James on the WB/CW drama from 2000-07. She was the final piece of the casting puzzle when Netflix decided to revive the show for four 90-minute episodes.

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"It was a little overwhelming," she admitted of returning to the role. "It was really cool. It just felt like the absolute right thing to do."

The actress also gushed about how the family dramedy has become a cult hit with fans who either remember the show or have been introduced to it since it began streaming on Netflix.

"I talk to so many different people that didn't watch it or weren't old enough. Now they watch it," she said. "I don't think many shows develop an even bigger fan base once they go off the air and I think that the show, there's been a bit of magic with it."

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McCarthy stars alongside Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, due out in July, and told ET that the she "had a blast" filming the movie with her hilarious SNL squad.

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"We bizarrely love each other," the actress said with a laugh. "There's a lot of weird, goofy texts we send back and forth constantly."

"We were all friends beforehand and then you spend that kind of time together tackling something so big and iconic that we all loved so much, it's like going to some super bionic summer camp," she continued. "When that last day of shooting happened, we were all a little distraught. You just don't want something like that to end."

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McCarthy was honored by Ghostbusters director Paul Feig in the Time 100 issue, and said that being lauded alongside Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other groundbreaking influencers was "a little surreal."

"It's pretty ridiculous," she marveled. "I keep kind of pinching myself... I mean, I have so many incredibly dorky questions to ask so many people. I have time continuum questions to ask Kip [Thorne, an astrophysicist]. If I can weasel my way over to some people, I just want to be like, 'Explain what you do, because I don't have a grasp on it, but I want to.'"

"This is just a crazy grouping of people," she added. "I literally want to see how many people Ben [Falcone, McCarthy's husband,] and I can actually get to talk to."

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EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy dishes on 'overwhelming' return to 'Gilmore Girls': 'I got so sentimental'
Melissa McCarthy, star of 'Gilmore Girls,' is currently appearing at the Groundling Theater on the weekends. For My Favorite Weekend column. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 11: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the WB Network's 2003 Winter Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on January 11, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy during Behind The Scenes Of 'The Gilmore Girls' at The Academy Of Arts And Sciences Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Medium shot of Melissa McCarthy as Sookie and Lauren Graham as Lorelai. (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actress Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone arrive for the premiere of 'The Nines' at the Eccles Theatre during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2007 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy at the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, California (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives to the premiere of 'Just Add Water' at the Directors Guild of America on March 18, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19: MIKE & MOLLY is a comedy from Chuck Lorre ('Two and a Half Men,' 'The Big Bang Theory') about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Billy Gardell plays Mike Biggs, a cop, and Melissa McCarthy portrays fourth-grade teacher Molly Flynn. MIKE & MOLLY will premiere this Fall, Mondays (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
Actors Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell attend the 2010 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Melissa McCarthy, left, and Billy Gardell, co-stars of the television show "Mike & Molly," pose together for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, July 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, cast members in "Bridesmaids," pose together at the premiere of the film, Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Melissa McCarthy arrives for a taping of the "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Actress Melissa McCarthy hosts the 2011 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, June 16, 2011. The Crystal and Lucy awards is a gala fundraising dinner in support of Women in Film, Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
"Mike & Molly" cast member Melissa McCarthy holds the Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy series backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
Melissa McCarthy, right, and Ben Falcone arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Melissa McCarthy arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 1: (L-R) Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 21st Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 1, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - March 8: Actress Melissa McCarthy participates in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Presents an Evening with "Mike & Molly" panel at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on March 8, 2012 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy attend the world premiere of "Identity Thief" at the Mann Village Westwood, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MTV- Cast member of "The Heat" actress Melissa McCarthy is seen at "The MTV Movie Awards Sneak Peek Week" on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for MTV/AP Images)
Las Vegas, NV: Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Cinemacon Big Screen Awards red carpet and receives Female Star of the Year Award at Caesars Palace, April 18, 2013, Las Vegas, NV (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the ELLE 20th annual "Women in Hollywood" event at the Four Seasons Hotel on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy poses in the press room at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Melissa McCarthy attends a screening of "Tammy" on Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy, co-writer and star of the new film "Tammy," puts her hands in cement during a ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - EXCLUSIVE - Ben Falcone, left, and Melissa Mccarthy pose at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Melissa McCarthy, left, and Ben Falcone arrive at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy attends a ceremony honoring her with a Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 1: Melissa McCarthy visits ABC's Good Morning America promoting her new film, Spy on June 1, 2015 in New York City. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
Melissa McCarthy attends the premiere of "Spy" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Monday, June 1, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

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