“But there is something about Jared.” While Bledel’s relationship with Ventimiglia was public, her romance with Padalecki remained under the radar.
What he said in the interview, was: Well, we didn’t figure a thing about what he was trying to say then.
, the series’ casting director Mara Casey revealed that Alexis Bledel, who played Rory Gilmore, actually dated her on-screen boyfriend Jared Padalecki (Dean).
“We did have a joke about casting all of Alexis’ [real-life] boyfriends,” Casey told casting director, Jami Rudofsky, added that Bledel didn’t even have to do a chemistry read with Ventimiglia because their compatibility was so apparent from the start.
As Lorelai, Graham portrayed one of TV’s most complicated and empathetic young mothers to date; as Rory, Bledel became an equally magnetic mascot for introverted bookworms everywhere.
(Anthony declined to name any of the actresses Bledel beat out for the role.) And the magnificently strange hodgepodge of eccentrics that surrounded them—their high-society relatives, their nosy neighbors, and everyone else—only made their world more appealing.