Gilmore Girls Cast Then & Now: Who Has Changed the Most?

Laura Elizabeth Hernandez | Dec 11, 2015 TV
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  • Melissa McCarthy: Then


    Long before hitting it big in movies, Melissa McCarthy charmed fans as Sookie St. James, the brilliant, if klutzy, chef at the Independence Inn. Sookie isn’t just Lorelai’s co-worker (and later, business partner). She’s also Lorelai’s best friend and a second mom to Rory. Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino later said Sookie was supposed to be gay, "a non-starter" for network The WB. Instead, Sookie marries a veggie farmer and has three kids.

  • Melissa McCarthy: Now


    By far the biggest success story among the cast, Melissa McCarthy went on to star in her own sitcom, Mike & Molly, for which she has won one Emmy, so far. In 2011, she had her breakthrough film role as the unforgettable Megan in Bridesmaids, which earned her an Oscar nod. McCarthy has since proved her box office prowess by carrying big hits such as Identity Thief, Tammy, and Spy. 

  • Scott Patterson: Then


    The owner of the Stars Hollow diner that Lorelai visited daily to fuel her coffee addiction was supposed to be female, but producers decided the show didn’t have “enough testosterone.” And so we got Luke, played by Scott Patterson. Luke and Lorelai's slow burn of a love story is the best on the show. Fans, who were angry that producers paired Lorelai with her baby daddy Christopher in season 6, agreed.

  • Scott Patterson: Now


    After the end of Gilmore Girls in 2007, Scott Patterson joined several short-lived TV shows and starred as Agent Strahm in several of the  popular and terrifying Saw movies.  

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  • Keiko Agena: Then


    As Rory's childhood pal Lane Kim, Agena became a fan favorite. The child of devout, vegan Christians who heavily censored her music and books, she was a secret badass who listened to rock music and played in a band. She remained close to Rory even after Rory left public school for prep school Chilton and left to Yale.  

  • Keiko Agena: Now


    Taking on mostly bit roles, Keiko Agena has made guest appearances on popular shows including Private Practice, Castle, and ER.  Also, she got married in a helicopter in 2005.


  • Kelly Bishop: Then


    Controlling, meddling, nurturing. In other words, a grandma. Kelly Bishop's Emily Gilmore was all of that, as Lorelai's mother, foil, and biggest critic. Her redeeming quality: She was an excellent, supportive nana to Rory.

  • Kelly Bishop: Now


    Kelly Bishop reunited with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino in 2012 for the ABC Family series Bunheads, but the show lasted just one season. She's guest-starred in several shows.

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  • Edward Herrmann: Then


    An insurance executive, Richard Gilmore was an intellectual and an overachiever who wore a bow-tie to dinner and read religiously. And while he did some questionable things (like when he basically told Dean at dinner that he wasn’t good enough for Rory), Edward Herrman made him seemed mild-mannered when compared to his wife Emily.

  • Edward Herrmann: Now


    Before he died of brain cancer in 2014 at the age of 71, actor Edward Hermann narrated the documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies and provided FDR's voice for the PBS series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. He left behind a wife and three children. 


  • Jared Padalecki: Then


    Rory’s first love, Dean (Jared Padalecki) was sensitive and had gorgeous hair -- and the approval of the most important person in Rory’s life, Lorelai. But girls like a bad boy and Rory was no exception, so she moved on to Tristan (Chad Michael Murray) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). Poor Dean — all he wanted was a traditional gal who could put dinner on the table by 6 (remember the Donna Reed episode in season 1?).

  • Jared Padalecki: Now


    Jared Padalecki is Sam Winchester on the long running series (11 seasons) Supernatural. The actor found love on the show's set, with guest star Genevieve Cortese, who played Ruby (a demon) in season four. The pair tied the knot in 2010 and have two sons. 

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  • Liza Weil: Then


    An overachieving, self-righteous, straight-A student with a chip on her shoulder. Yup, Paris Geller and Rory were either going to kill each other or be best friends. Liza Weil can play bitchy like nobody's business, but as Paris, she eventually gives Rory something that Lane can't: healthy competition that kept Rory on her academic toes.

  • Liza Weil: Now


    As the loyal and demanding Bonnie on the Shonda Rhimes hit How to Get Away with Murder, Liza continues to play a character who is tough on the outside and fragile on the inside. 

  • Milo Ventimiglia: Then


    Girls love a bad boy, and they don't come much badder and sexier than  Milo Ventimiglia. As Jess, Luke’s misanthropic, leather-jacket wearing, class-cutting nephew, he stole Rory's heart then drags it across the asphalt.


  • Milo Ventimiglia: Now


    Fans fell in love bad boy Milo Ventimglia in the hit series Gilmore Girls  but it was the role of Peter Petrelli in NBC's Heroes that made him a star, during the show's four-year run ending in 2010. He's also made multi-episode appearances on shows including Gotham.

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  • Matt Czuchry: Then


    Reformed rich party boy Loga, played by Matt Czuchry, was Rory's ultimate rollercoaster boyfriend: He slept around and tried to buy his way back into her heart before figuring out how to be an actual nice guy, but his offer of marriage Rory refuses at the end of the series. When asked where he thinks his character would be now, Czuchry recently quipped that he "would not be working." Next!

  • Matt Czuchry: Now


    Another Gilmore boy made good: Matt Czuchry did the rounds as a guest star on several shows, then landed a plum role as the Harvard-educated, loyal and ultra-ethical lawyer Cary Agos on The Good Wife. 

  • David Sutcliffe: Then


    Wishy washy was pretty much the best way to sum up Christopher Hayden, Rory's dad and Loarelai's on and off guy who can't quite seem to get his life together. David Sutcliffe may be a good actor, but fans couldn't quite get into him. Not when there's a Luke around.

  • David Sutcliffe: Now


    After landing a gig on the now cancelled Private Practice, David Sutcliffe also starred in the doomed TNT supernatural series Proof. An adept poker player, he's participated in several celeb poker tournaments.

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