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Gilmore Girls - Where Are They Now?

Updated on May 15, 2021
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Cast Of Gilmore Girls
Cast Of Gilmore Girls

A bit about the show...

Gilmore Girls ended in 2007 after 7 seasons, leaving many fans sad and upset. But they weren't sad for long, as most of their favorite characters from the show have gone on to become quite popular and have been involved in other projects. The cast even came back in 2016 for Netflix's 'Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life'.

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham on the cover of a magazine.
Lauren Graham on the cover of a magazine.

Lauren Graham, who played mom, Lorelai, on Gilmore Girls, joined the hit NBC series, Parenthood. She played a similar character to Lorelai -- a single mom raising her kids on her own and quickly becoming more and more successful. On Parenthood, she played mom, Sarah, who has 2 teenagers, Amber and Drew. Between Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, she's also been in several movies, including Evan Almighty and It's Kind of a Funny Story. She was also in "A Merry Friggin' Christmas," where she starred alongside Joel McHale and Robin Williams. Two of her most recent films include Max and Joshy.

In 2020, Graham joined the cast of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. She played Zoey's boss and mentor, Joan. You can hear her sing, as Zoey's character hears people's innermost thoughts through song. Your kiddos can hear her on Disney's Vampirina, where she voices the mom. Lauren's most recent project sees as her mom and hockey coach in the Disney+ revival series, Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.

See Lauren Graham in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel
Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel is probably best known for her role as Rory on Gilmore Girls, but she's been in several movies before and after the show. Before the show, she was in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Sin City, Tuck Everlasting, I'm Reed Fish, among others. Since the show, she's been in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Post Grad, The Conspirator, The Kate Logan Affair, Violet & Daisy, The Brass Teapot, and Remembering Sunday, among others. She appeared in the movie Parts Per Billion, as well as a few episodes of Mad Men. Bledel was supposed to be in a show set to air in the spring of 2013, called Us & Them. Her love interest on the show was Jason Ritter, who was actually Lauren Graham's love interest on her show, Parenthood. However, the show fell through and was never aired.

She is quickly becoming just as well-known for her role of Emily on the popular Hulu show, The Handmaid's Tale.

See Alexis Bledel in The Handmaid's Tale

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson
Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson played the diner owner, Luke, in Gilmore Girls. Since the show he has been in 3 of the popular Saw horror movies, including Saw IV, Saw V, and Saw VI. He also played Michael Buchanan on the television show, The Event. Patterson has since appeared in the movies A Beer Tale, Love at the Christmas Table, Meth Head, Boys of Abu Ghraib, Other People's Children, Yellow Fever, and Con Man.

He has several projects in the works.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy played Sookie, the best friend of Lorelai, on Gilmore Girls. Since then, she has definitely made a name for herself. She played Dena on the show Samantha Who? and has become widely known for her roles in many movies, particularly comedy. She started in The Back-Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez, Life As We Know It, with Katherine Heigl, and then the popular film Bridesmaids.

She then played the role of Molly in the hit CBS TV show, Mike and Molly, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Since 2012 she has been in the movies This is 40, Identity Thief, The Hangover Part III, The Heat, Tammy, St. Vincent, Spy, The Boss, Ghostbusters, Life of the Party, The Happytime Murders, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Kitchen, and Superintelligence. Her most recent project was a Netflix superhero movie -- Thunder Force.


She's got several more projects in the works.

See Melissa McCarthy in Thunder Force

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena
Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena played Rory's best friend, Lane.

She's had many small roles in television shows, including Shameless, Twisted, Grimm, Super(fluous), Colony, NCIS: Los Angeles, 13 Reasons Why, and Dirty John, with a larger part in Better Call Saul.

She now plays the funny medical examiner, Dr. Edrisa, on the hit Fox show, Prodigal Son.

See Keiko Agena in Prodigal Son

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki
Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki played Dean, Rory's first boyfriend, on Gilmore Girls. Since the show, he has been in a few movies, including House of Wax and Friday the 13th. His most well-known role, however, is that of Sam Winchester in the CW series, Supernatural, which recently wrapped after 15 seasons.

He is now playing the lead role on the new CW show, Walker. It was recently renewed for a second season. His wife plays in the series as well.

See Jared Padelecki in Walker

Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia played Rory's love interest, Jess, for a few seasons of Gilmore Girls. He went on to play Peter Petrelli in the show Heroes. It lasted 4 years. Between the two television shows, he was in the movies Rocky Balboa, Pathology, Gamer, and Armored. Before Gilmore Girls, Milo had been in other movies, such as Cursed, Stay Alive, and Dirty Deeds. Milo was in the movie That's My Boy, with Adam Sandler, and had a small role in Sandler's film, Grown Ups 2. He was also in the movies Static, Kiss of the Damned, and Breaking at the Edge. He had recurring roles in the shows Mob City, Chosen, Gotham, The PET Squad Files, The Whispers, Con Man, Relationship Status, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

He quickly became a fan favorite among the cast of the hit NBC show, This Is Us, as dad, Jack. Since his time on the show, he's also appeared in the movies Sandy Wexler, Devil's Gate, Creed II, Second Act, and The Art of Racing in the Rain. He's set to play Evel Knievel on the limited TV series, Evel.

See Milo Ventimiglia in This Is Us

Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry
Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry played Rory's latest boyfriend, Logan, in Gilmore Girls. Before the show, he appeared in a few TV shows, such as Young Americans and Hack. He was also in a few movies, including Eight Legged Freaks and Em and Me. He then starred on the CBS drama series, The Good Wife,for 7 seasons. His current show, The Resident, is nearing its 4th season end.

See Matt Czuchry in The Resident

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano
Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano played April, Luke's daughter, on Gilmore Girls. Since the show, she has had recurring roles on several TV series, including The Young and the Restless and Dexter. She played a lead role, Bay, on the ABC Family television show, Switched at Birth, for 5 seasons.

She appeared in the movie Saving Zoe, with her real life sister, Laura Marano. She has several projects in the works

Vanessa Marano in Saving Zoe

Sadly, Edward Herrmann passed away in 2014. He played Lorelai's father, Richard.

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      Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub, it is interesting to look at a particular cast and chart where they are now- I love that Melissa McCarthy has done so well since Gilmore Girls ended. It speaks well of Gilmore Girls that so many members of the cast have gone on to steady gigs.

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      Brandi Goodman 

      9 years ago from Holland, MI

      I researched everyone and some of the other characters, like Lorelie's parents, Rory's friends Lane and Paris, etc, haven't been on too many other things other than small projects or just one or two guest appearances on a bunch of random tv shows. The people I did in this hub are the ones that have gone on to do movies or have been a main character on another show. But Kelly Bishop was on 2 episodes of Law And Order: Special Victims Unit, a few episodes of Mercy, and is supposed to be in a couple movies in the future. Edward Herman was in the movie Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star and has had a few episodes on The Good Wife. He's also appeared once or twice in a bunch of other tv shows like Drop Dead Diva, Law And Order, and Grey's Anatomy.

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      RemyG 

      9 years ago

      Um what about Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann?

    • urgurl_bri profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandi Goodman 

      9 years ago from Holland, MI

      I definitely agree with you! This was my absolute favorite show, and I've been seeing a lot of these people on tv again, so I decided to do some research and write this hub. Glad you like it and thanks for the comment. :)

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      laurathegentleman 

      9 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      This is great! I loved Gilmore Girls growing up, and it's great to see that so many of the people I grew up watching are now doing other wonderful things with their lives!

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