It’s been nearly ten years since we last saw the residents of Stars Hallow, back when we bid a tearful farewell to our favourite mother-daughter duo, the Gilmore Girls. As Rory headed off to report on then presidential-hopeful Barack Obama, and Lorelei finally reunited with Luke, we had a sense that all was well in the small town. Yet somehow, we always knew there was more story to tell.
Which is why we were pumped when Gilmore Girls announced its return, in the form of four feature length films that will catch us up on all our favourite characters.
That includes two memorable supporting characters who had a big influence on Rory over the course of the series: Paris Geller, Rory’s frenemy turned bestie and roommate at Yale, and Jess Mariano, Luke’s bad-boy nephew who stole Rory’s heart and then walked away only to return intermittently in the seasons afterwards.
We’ve long wondered whether Paris wound up sticking with her choice to become a doctor, or if she flipped and headed to law school after all. As for Jess, well we’ve had a soft spot for him ever since he told Rory some cold, hard truths about her decision to drop out of college (thank goodness she eventually came to her senses). We can’t help but speculate as to whether their love is still an unrequited one.
Unfortunately, both actors behind these characters — Liza Weil and Milo Ventimiglia — are pretty tight-lipped about what to expect when the new installments are released. We spoke with them at Bell Media’s recent upfront presentation, where they were representing their respective new shows How to Get Away with Murder and This is Us. On the plus side, they seem as excited as we are about a return to Stars Hallow.
“It was really something, I mean it was very special to be able to go back and revisit Paris for a little while,” Weil says. “I hadn’t really realized how much I had missed her, so it was really lovely to be able to go back and explore that.”
Ventimiglia shares a similar sentiment, adding that it was “really fun” and he was excited to return to work with show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer/writer husband Dan Palladino. Especially given that the married duo left the show during its last season and never really got to tell the ending they wanted to.
“I stayed close with them over the years and when they called me up and said they were doing this, I said, ‘Great, I’m in.’ As simple as that,” Ventimiglia says. “They’re such talented writers and that show holds a very special place in the upbringing of ‘Milo’s acting school.’ I learned so much about the craft and myself and the business when I was on Gilmore Girls that to go back to it was a very easy and excited decision.”
Now if only we had some glimmer of what to expect when the show actually does return. Will Rory have a new beau in her life? How have her and Jess left things over the years? Has Paris settled down any and is she still with Doyle? So many questions and so few answers. At least Weil has our back… sort of.
“With Amy and Dan leading the show it felt very special,’ she adds. “Fans are going to be really excited with what they’ve put together.”
Well we’ll raise our coffee cups to that.