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Gilmore Girls - Where Are They Now?

Updated on January 6, 2023
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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 her as 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 also 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 quickly became just as well-known for her role of Emily on the popular Hulu show, The Handmaid's Tale, but she departed the series before season 5 aired due to her divorce she was going through from former husband and Mad Men co-star, Vincent Kartheiser.

There is talk of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3 coming, but we'll see if it comes to fruition. Otherwise, Alexis is currently busy raising her son.

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, Superintelligence, Thunder Force, The Starling, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

She was also in the Hulu limited series, Nine Perfect Strangers, and the Netflix series, God's Favorite Idiot, which she played alongside her husband, actor Ben Falcone. She is expected to play Ursula in the new adaption of The Little Mermaid, which will arrive sometime in 2023.

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 most recently played the funny medical examiner, Dr. Edrisa, on the Fox show, Prodigal Son, and voiced characters in shows like Central Park and The Great North.

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, which is in its third 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 also in the movie That's My Boy, with Adam Sandler, and had a small role in Sandler's films Grown Ups 2 and Sandy Wexler. 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. He's also appeared in the movies Devil's Gate, Creed II, Second Act, and The Art of Racing in the Rain. He was even in a season 4 episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel along with former Gilmore Girls co-star, Kelly Bishop.

Next, you can see Milo as a con man in the ABC series, The Company You Keep. It's expected sometime 2023. Plus, he will be in the movie, Land of Bad, alongside Russell Crowe, Liam and Luke Hemsworth, and Ricky Whittle.

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 in its 6th season.

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 also played in a couple of episodes on the shows 9-1-1 and Bad Boy, and was in the movie One Delicious Christmas.

Vanessa Marano in Saving Zoe

Sadly, Edward Herrmann passed away in 2014. He played Lorelai's father, Richard. However, you can see Lorelai's mother, Emily, (Kelly Bishop) in the upcoming Freeform series, The Watchful Eye.


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