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The Geeky History of Your Favorite Gilmore Girls Alums

The Geeky History of Your Favorite Gilmore Girls Alums

Gilmore Girls is back! Well, kind of. Soon, we’ll have four 90-minute episodes of Gilmore Girls to enjoy. Thanks, Netflix! So in case you’re headed to binge-watch the first 7 seasons of this amazing show, you might be interested to know that plenty of the talented actors of Gilmore Girls have had parts in your favorite geeky TV shows and movies. And some might just be news to you! Check out the places your favorite residents of Stars Hollow have been.

Sean Gunn (Kirk)

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On Gilmore Girls, Sean Gunn played one of Stars Hollow’s most lovable characters, Kirk. But both before and after his time with the Gilmores he had plenty of parts on geeky TV shows like H+, Bones, and Angel. Sean has also voiced a part in the Lollipop Chainsaw video game and of course recently played the role of Kraglin (and the on-set Rocket) in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, Sean will be in the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy as well. Wow, Kirk has really grown up!

Jared Padalecki (Dean)


Rory’s very first boyfriend on Gilmore Girls was the sweet townie, Dean, played by Jared Padalecki, way back in 2000. Dean loved to surprise Rory and try to be the perfect gentleman but ended up being just too jealous of Rory’s other potential suitors. Of course, Jared left the show and went on to star in Supernaturalwhich turned out pretty well for him and the rest of the world! He also had roles in the horror films Friday the 13th and House of Wax.

Sally Struthers (Babette)


Rory and Lorelei’s next door neighbor Babette was one of the most entertaining residents of Stars Hollow. However, I was shocked to discover Sally Struthers’ history of voicing some of my favorite geeky characters. Before landing on Gilmore Girls, Sally provided the voice of Charlene on Dinosaurs, that awesome show that ran from 1991-94 on ABC. In addition, she also voiced the very business-minded character of Rebecca Cunningham on TaleSpin. I bet Babette knew she was a dinosaur in another life.

Matt Czuchry (Logan)

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Rory’s college boyfriend, Logan, played by Matt Czuchry, was a little more of a bad boy than Dean. He and Rory certainly had a more adult relationship full of intrigue and adventure. In addition to his complex role on Gilmore Girls, Matt started was in an episode of Freaks and Geeks before gaining parts in Eight Legged Freaks and the Dark Shadows TV movie. He also starred as Logan Echoll’s fake brother on Veronica Mars and voiced a character in the animated Justice League series. These days he’s a fancy lawyer on The Good Wife.

Melissa McCarthy (Sookie)


I first enjoyed Melissa McCarthy’s work as the frazzled cook and Lorelei’s best friend, Sookie, on Gilmore Girls. Of course, she’s now gone on to be a movie star appearing primarily in comedies, but she also happens to be starring in the upcoming Ghostbusters remake that we couldn’t be more freaking excited about. Also keep an eye out for her in the upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, which has just the best title ever. Before Gilmore Girls, she had parts in Charlie’s Angels and The Kid with Bruce Willis. She even voiced the character of DNAmy in Disney’s animated spy show Kim Possible!

Milo Ventimiglia (Jess)

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Before Milo was saving lives on Heroes, he was Rory’s second love interest and Dean-alternative on Gilmore Girls as Jess. Jess was the smart, literature-obsessed bad boy that moved into Stars Hollow to live with his uncle Luke. More recently, Milo has been in geeky favs Con Man, The Whispers, and Gotham. He has also voiced the character of Wolverine in animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and provided the voice of Green Arrow on Robot Chicken. Bonus: he was in one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 1996.

Who knew Stars Hollow was such a geek hub? Make sure to check out Gilmore Girls and look to see if any of your favorites pop up in town.

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