Your Guide to Who's Who in Stars Hollow for the Gilmore Girls Revival This Friday
We're brewing an extra-large pot of coffee and ripping open a Costco-sized box of Pop-Tarts—the Netflix debut of Gilmore GIrls: A Year in the LIfe is just days away. We consider ourselves pretty up-to-speed with where we left off with mother-daughter duo Lorelei and Rory Gilmore (despite their fast-talking ways), but decided to give ourselves a little refresher on the full cast of characters. One spoiler alert that you won't mind hearing? Almost all of the original actors—from Lorelei's Dragonfly Inn colleagues to Rory's ex-flames—are back and ready to banter.
Read on for your quick-reference guide to who's who in Stars Hollow, then get ready to spend Thanksgiving weekend parked in front of the TV—with an extra-bold blend in hand, of course.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday, Nov. 25.
Lauren Graham as Lorelei Gilmore
The television mom that gave us serious mother-daughter goals, Lorelei is Rory's single mom and best friend who runs Stars Hollow (and the Dragonfly Inn) like a one-woman show. When we last saw her—sending Rory's off into the real world with the rest of the small town—she planted a major smooth on Luke, her longtime will-they-or-won't they friend and confidant, which makes us wonder where the two will pick things up.
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
We watched her study her way through Chilton and Yale, fall in and out of love, and finally snag her dream job as a journalist heading off to cover the Obama campaign in the original series' big finale. Now, more than eight years and two presidential terms later, Rory is back in Stars Hollow to reunite with her mother and grandmother—and we can't wait to watch them navigate a year's worth of changes.
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Ah, Luke—owner of Stars Hollow's Luke's Diner, Lorelei's on-again-off-again love interest, and the maker of oh-so-many cups of coffee and late-night meals for the Gilmores. Did we mention that he's responsible for bringing bad-boy Jess, his nephew, in Rory's life? When we last saw Luke, he orchestrated an elaborate (and tear-jerking) goodbye celebration for Rory that brought the whole cast together one last time.
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Stars Hollow's accident-prone master chef, who married her longtime produce supplier, Jackson, will reunite with her BFF Lorelei for A Year in the Life. Considering that McCarthy has perfected her own brand of comedy on the big screen since the original series ended, we can't wait to see where her one-liners lead.
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Lane is Rory's longtime best friend (or second best friend, if you add Lorelei into the mix), who also happen to kill on the drums for her band, Hep Alien. Coming from a super-conservative family, Lane often turned to the Gilmores for support—and to indulge in a little junk food. But throughout the series, Lane discovers that she actually has more in common with her own mother than she originally thought—and we're crossing our fingers for a Mrs. Kim appearance on Netflix.
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
If you've been getting your Jess fix by following Ventimiglio's stellar performance in NBC's new series This Is Us, then you're about to get a double dose when the Gilmore Girls reboot hits Netflix. In the original series' second season, a troubled, yet exceptionally well-read, Jess is sent to live with his Uncle Luke in Stars Hollow where he falls for Rory (who is already involved with ultra-reliable Dean) and simultaneously shakes things up in the town. At the end of the series, Jess scores a gig at a small publishing house and pens a novel, so we're expecting to see him in full young professional mode this time around.
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
The sassy, French, Celine Dion-loving concierge at the Dragonfly Inn remains somewhat mysterious throughout the original series, leaving viewers with lingering questions about his personal life, but Truesdale teased that longtime Michel fans will get some answers this time around.
Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
Her relationship with daughter Lorelei is at times tense and a tad distant, but Rory is Emily's pride and joy. When Emily and her husband, Richard, agreed to pay for their granddaughter's private school tuition, their tradition of Friday night dinners (that sometimes left us feeling serious secondhand stress) at Emily and Richard's fancy home was born.
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
Rory couldn't have asked for a first love more wholesome than Dean, from his job at the local supermarket, Doose's, to his wide-eyed ambitions of building Rory her first car. But things got complicated (as they often do in Stars Hollow) and they called it quits when Rory's relationship with Jess interfered. Flash forward a few seasons and Dean marries local Lindsay Lister only to reconnect with Rory during her time at Yale where they begin a steamy affair. Cue the #TeamJess memes.
Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger
As Rory's weathy Yale classmate and counterpart at the Yale Daily News, Logan is smooth-talking yet kindhearted. Though their relationship survives the hurdles of varying degrees of family approval and even a few breaks, Rory ulitmately decides she's not ready for a lifelong commitment. Case in point? She shoots down his marriage proposal at her Yale graduation.