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Few things can ignite the Gilmore Girls fandom into a fiery rage like a debate about Rory Gilmore’s love life. Over the course of the show, Rory had three major love interests—Dean, Jess, and Logan—and fans have strong and often deeply divided opinions about which (if any) of these men should have been Rory’s endgame.
Before he grew out his impressive Jack Pearson mustache for This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia played bad-boy bookworm Jess on Gilmore Girls. Jess and Rory split shortly before they graduated from high school, and at the risk of devastating/alienating Jess + Rory shippers everywhere, Milo revealed that he, for one, is happy about how the characters’ story played out.
“I think things are complicated when you’re young. I think you’re going through a developmental change. You are seeing things in the world that you’ve never seen before. You’re experiencing things from the heart, from the gut, from the head that you’re experiencing for the first time. So I think Jess and Rory, I think they were what they needed from the moment, from each other, and at the same time, it didn’t work out. They went in different directions. And that’s okay too. That’s kind of great.”
“Outside of what anybody wanted to put onto those two, they kind of made their own world and I think that’s pretty cool.”
If learning that Milo is not actively shipping a happy ending for Rory and Jess cuts deep, maybe you can take a little solace in the fact that the actor said he would be down to reprise the role again if there’s ever another Gilmore Girls revival in the future (he appeared briefly in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in 2016).
“I can’t ever get away from it,” he said when Scott (who played Luke Danes on the series) asked if he would be open to playing Jess again if the opportunity arose. “For me, knowing that you and Lauren [Graham] and Alexis and probably just about everybody else in the show would show up and on top of it, it’d probably be Dan [Palladino] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino] there writing their a**es off, it’s like, yeah, why wouldn’t I? It would feel like it was there for the right reason versus the wrong reason.”
^^^Manifesting this so hard.
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