During its seven-season run, Gilmore Girls never failed to deliver its fair share of witty banter, swoon-worthy couples, and adorable mother-daughter moments. It gave us the perfect balance of humor and drama and taught us that there's no shame in craving coffee to the point of needing it in an IV. But best of all, we were treated to quite a few celebrity cameos. Granted, we already forgot about ninety percent of them because its been over a decade since the show ended. And in our defense, quite a few of these celebs were still relatively unknown, or at least not as popular as they are today.
Some celebrities only appeared for a few moments while others stuck around as minor supporting characters. But you might be surprised to see a few because these guys actually appeared on the series as young kids. Whether it was for five minutes or throughout five episodes, these characters definitely made an impression. See which stars you probably forgot guest starred on Gilmore Girls.
The former Nickelodeon star was only 10 years old when she played Jill #2 in season four's "The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles." Jill #2 attended the Lord of the Rings party that Lorelai and Sookie planned in hopes of raising extra cash for the Dragonfly Inn. But it seems like the food wasn't that impressive, seeing as how Jill #2 admitted that Sookie's food tasted more like diapers. Sadly, this was Victoria's only appearance. We'd have loved to see more of her!
We know her now as the sadistic cheerleading coach on Glee, but before becoming Sue Sylvester, Jane briefly appeared as one of the nurses who was on duty when Richard was in the hospital for heart issues. We could totally see bits of Coach Sue in her character, who had to endure constant criticism from Emily over the way she and her husband were treated at the hospital. When she's just about had it with Emily's complaining, her character finally bites back by giving Emily a piece of her mind. Just imagine how crazy it would've been if the REAL Sue had to deal with Emily!
Before he stole our hearts as Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill, he was was strutting the halls of Chilton Prep as the spoiled rich boy, Tristan Dugray. Perhaps one of the more memorable characters, Tristan constantly bugged Rory because he clearly had a crush on her. But of course, everyone seemed to notice this except for her. It was only after he picked a fight with her boyfriend (and after Dean literally spelled it out) that she realized he liked her all along. Tristan was such a douche, but he definitely made his mark on season one.
His character could be super annoying on The O.C., but if it's any consolation, his Gilmore Girls character was way better. He played the adorably nerdy Dave Rygalski, who secretly dated Lane Kim for a little while. He liked Lane so much that he tried to get her mom's approval, going as far as pretending to be a Christian guitarist and even reading the whole Bible so he could take Lane to prom. Talk about dedication! Sadly though, this couldn't last because Dave had to leave for college (and Adam had to go to his new show).
The Switched at Birth star played Luke's (very unlikeable) daughter, April Nardini. No fan could forgive April for breaking up Luke and Lorelai, and even Vanessa agrees. She once said: "I was a huge fan of the show. I remember, the [casting] breakdown came out and it was like, ‘13 years old, quirky, has storyline with Luke.’ Immediately I was like, 'Oh my god, they’re giving Luke a daughter. Oh my GOD, she’s gonna ruin their relationship. Oh my god, I hate her already. I have to play her.'"
Way before the actor became Charlie Swan in the Twilight films, he played Alex, Sookie's old friend and one of Lorelai's love interests. Though Lorelai didn't exactly share his love of the outdoors and fishing, the two had a connection and they seemed to get along really well. She even went fishing with him (despite having zero experience), and that felt like a sign that things could get serious. However, their relationship was rather short-lived (this doesn't make us that upset because, well, Luke).
It's so hard to not see her as Jan from The Office. Years before she appeared as Michael's neurotic love interest, she was the gorgeous therapist that Richard and Emily tried to set Christopher up with in season six's "Partings." To be quite honest, her role wasn't that memorable. But it's worth mentioning that she was the one who advised Lorelai to ask Luke to elope.
He played the deadpan Ron Swanson so well that it's nearly impossible to imagine him being flirty and talkative. But alas, in season four of Gilmore Girls, he played Sookie's annoying brother-in-law, Beau Belleville. As soon as he walked into the Dragonfly Inn, he immediately started hitting on Lorelai. But perhaps one of the most cringe-worthy moments was when he licked his key and winked at her after suggesting that she visit him in his room. BLECK.
Before there was Aaron Burr, there was Quentin Walsh, the uptight and pompous Princeton scholar who sounded more like a dictionary than a human when he spoke. We were introduced to his character on season six, where he participated in a Young Voices of Journalism panel alongside Rory and a few others. Just to jog your memory, here's something he actually said in response to one question that mentioned controversial reporter Judith Miller: "The ramifications of the scandal to which you obliquely alluded ought not to be underestimated." ...Barf.
The amazing Jessica Jones was once an artsy, care-free Yale student who befriended Rory at an art show. Lucy also dated Rory's old friend, Marty, but that went south after she learned that he and Rory were hiding the fact that they knew one another. Thankfully, Lucy and Rory were able to get over that rough patch, but unfortunately, she didn't stick around for too long. After graduating from Yale, Lucy and her BFF moved to Manhattan to share an apartment (perhaps the same one from Don't Trust The B—?).
New Girl's own Schmidt was among the group of wasted guys who accompanied Dean during his Bachelor party. When they all stumbled into Luke's Diner, Max's character, who played Lucas, was clever enough to suggest that he and Luke open a club because they share the same name. It definitely wasn't the most memorable moment. But when Dean couldn't quit talking about Rory after his friends left, that was just heartbreaking.
You probably recognize her from Fifty Shades Freed or John Tucker Must Die. But in a handful of episodes, we saw her as Dean's wife, Lindsay. The poor girl got way more than she bargained for, seeing as how Dean was a) clearly not over Rory, b) unappreciative of Lindsay's efforts and c) emotionally abusive. He even went as far as cheating and sleeping with Rory. Then he had the audacity to come home and take his frustration out on Lindsay, who did nothing wrong. We just really wanted to give Arielle's character a hug.
Aside from creating Family Guy, he has directed and appeared in both Ted films. But by the time he appeared in "Lorelai's Graduation Day" from season two, he'd already begun working on his show, which would go on to become one of the greatest cartoons of all time. He appeared briefly as a snarky fellow graduate who poked fun at Emily and Richard for being rich. When he figured out that they were actually Lorelai's parents, he teased Lorelai mercilessly with quotes like "Enjoy your champagne and caviar at The Ritz, Your Highness."
A few years before he graced our TV screens as Detective Darren Wilden on Pretty Little Liars, Bryce played Paul on Gilmore Girls. He was a fellow business school student and a love interest to Lorelai. But this pairing didn't last long because Lorelai wasn't comfortable with the huge age gap. We're guessing that his character was only added to torture fans who ship Luke + Lorelai. Special side note: PLL and Gilmore Girls shared a set, so Bryce didn't have to go far for his next role!
We all know him as the charming marketing genius from Mad Men, and interestingly enough, Don Draper seems to have a bit in common with Jon's Gilmore Girls character. He played a guy named Peyton, who first crosses paths with Lorelai at a bidding auction. And at the bar, he's so determined to get the last glass of wine that he's willing to bid money. He and Lorelai have this cute back-and-forth and there's clearly a spark. But after that little charming encounter, things end pretty quickly because they only have only one date.
He may not have had as much of an impact on the show as he did when he played Abed in Community, but it's always intriguing to see a familiar face. He made a few appearances in seasons six and seven as one of the writers at Yale's newspaper. And if you can recall, he always had his signature giant blue pencil with him.
By the time she appeared on the show, she had already won our hearts as "Miss Swan" from MADTV. But now, she's widely known for voicing Lois on Family Guy and playing Susie Myerson in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On Gilmore Girls, she played a professional harpist named Drella, but then later in the show, she also played a stylist named Miss Celine.
Fun fact: When Gilmore Girls initially got picked up, a completely different unaired pilot had been filmed. And get this: Alex was the one who played Sookie, rather than Melissa McCarthy.
Did you know that this was actually Rami's first ever role? The Oscar-winning actor played Andy, a member of Lane Kim's Bible study group on season four's "In The Clamor and the Clangor." He only had three lines, but he delivered them so perfectly and it was quite hilarious. As Lane asked fellow members for suggestions on who to interview, Andy piped up that Assistant Pastor Eric was the perfect choice. Three times. One couldn't help but suspect that he had a thing for the guy...
She's known for her current role as Kristina Davis on General Hospital, but the actress had one of her very first roles on Gilmore Girls. On two episodes from season six, she played a minor character named Tillie. The middle-schooler accompanied her friend Megan to ask Luke to sponsor their soccer team and initially, he declined. But after a more considerate Lorelai encouraged him to go for it, he gave in and agreed.
We now recognize her as Betty Cooper's mom from Riverdale (and some may remember her from the cult series Twin Peaks). Mädchen played Christopher's girlfriend, fiance, baby-mother, and eventual ex, Sherry Tinsdale. She had a type-A personality and was quite obsessed with planning. But unfortunately for fans who shipped Lorelai and Christopher, Mädchen's pregnancy pretty much ruined their chances. To make matters even worse, Sherry eventually abandoned Chris and their daughter to take a job in Paris, so their relationship didn't even last.
Remember that season two episode where Taylor Doose brings his boy scouts to Luke's Diner for food? The tallest kid who started bickering with Luke about his food order - THAT was Kendall! The Big Time Rush guy also appeared on season three's "Application Anxiety" where he (surprise, surprise) argued with Luke about food. We so badly wish that he had a recurring role because it was impossible to watch him with Luke and not laugh.