- “You and Sookie have more talent for this business than I do. And I'm very good”
- —Mia to Lorelai[src]
Mia owns the Independence Inn and took Lorelai in when the latter arrived in Stars Hollow at 17. Mia hired Lorelai as a maid and let her live with Rory in a shed on the property. Mia is presented as a classy, elegant, kind and caring woman. She always has praise and love for both Lorelai and Rory, and is seemingly adored by everyone, including Luke and Michel. Rory and Lorelai seem to consider Mia their true mother-and-grandmother figure, and are much closer with Mia than Emily Gilmore.
Following the departure of the Palladinos, the role of Mia was recast and appeared in one more episode. She now lived in North Carolina, was getting married (for the second time, presumably, as she had a son – although he did not appear at the wedding) and had noticably changed. In ep. 2.08, Mia pays a visit to the inn. In ep. 7.17, Emily, Lorelai, and Rory go to her wedding in North Carolina.
- In Season 7, the role of Mia was recast, with Kathy Baker portraying her in "Gilmore Girls Only".
- Mia calls Luke by his full name, Lucas.