I have been a Gilmore Girl from when it was first broadcast in Australia on Channel 9. I can remember sitting with my mum watching it, and being at some family party and sneaking into my cousin’s bedroom to watch the one where Rory turned 16. In all my years watching this delightful show, one thing always hits me: the incredible amount of dreamy young actors that the show produced. So in no particular order, and with the dates of their first GG appearance and of their post GG fame (and more than five, because I can!):
Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki, 2000-2005)
Dean was Rory’s first everything pretty much. I personally am not the hugest fan of his but in rewatching season one episodes, he is just so adorable with his floppy hair and tall boy awkwardness. Dean eventually got married, had an affair with Rory then faded into Stars Hollow when the affair came out. Jared Padalecki then went on to become the brother of a Dean, as Sam Winchester (2005-present) in Supernatural.
Tristan DuGrey (Chad Michael Murray, 2000-2001)
Tristan was Dean’s Chilton rival, poor boy. I would always choose Tristan over Den, but then again I have a thing for the worst possible guys.
Lucas Scott (One Tree Hill, 2003-2009, 2012)
Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody, 2002-2003)
Seth Cohen (The OC, 2003-2007)
Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia, 2001-2006)Peter Petrelli (Heroes, 2006-2010)
Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry, 2004-2007)
Cary Agos (The Good Wife, 2009-present)
Zach Van Gerbig (Todd Lowe, 2002-2007)Terry Bellefluer (True Blood, 2008-2013)
Alex Lesman (Billy Burke, 2003)
In the course of my reading, I discovered that Alex is the one boyfriend that Lorelai did not technically break up with, on screen anyway.
Charlie Swan (Twilight, 2008-2012) and Miles Matheson (Revolution, 2012-present)
Luke (Dean’s Friend) (Max Greenfield, 2003)Who was also Deputy Sheriff Leo D’Amato (Veronica Mars, 2005-2007, 2014)a Young Sandy Cohen (The OC, 2007) and Schmidt (New Girl, 2011-present)
Graham Sullivan (Teddy Dunn, 2004)
Rory goes on a date with Graham at the end of season four, the date where she calls Dean to come rescue her and thus begins the affair.. Graham then goes on to a little town called Neptune, California where he becomes Duncan Kane, ill-fated boyfriend of Veronica Mars the same year he is on GG until his run on Veronica Mars ended in 2006.
Not to mention Brandon Routh in a season one cameo before he was Superman, Jon Hamm in the season three episode where Lorelai asks her mother for a guy’s phone number, Sebastian Bach as Gil, Scott Cohen as Max, Nick Offerman as creepy cousin Beau, and the delightful Daniel Pudi working at the Yale Daily News.
The moral of this story? Gilmore Girls is amazing and all time, and society owes it a significant debt.
Have a great weekend!