Everyone knows by now that Alexis Bledel, who plays Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, dated her onscreen boyfriend in real life. Her relationship with Milo Ventimiglia, who played her bad-boy love interest Jess Mariano, was well publicized.
But what we didn’t know is that Bledel dated not even one, but two of her other co-stars while she was on Gilmore Girls. She kept her relationships private at the time, but apparently she dated so many people from the show, it became a running inside joke on set.
“We did have a joke about casting all of Alexis’ [real-life] boyfriends,” casting director Mara Casey dished, revealing for the first time that one of Bledel’s real-life boyfriends was Jared Padalecki, who played her other boyfriend on the series, Dean. Casey continued, “She dated Jared and Milo. And she also dated a young New York actor named Chris Heuisler, who played a guest role. Real sweet kid.”
Considering what casting director Jami Rudofsky had to say about Bledel’s co-stars, it’s not surprising that she ended up dating a bunch of them.
“Sometimes with casting, the right person just walks in and you just feel it,” she said about the time she had Bledel do a chemistry read with Ventimiglia, adding that the chemistry between the two was just undeniable, both on- and offscreen. The same thing happened with Padalecki, who didn’t even need to do a chemistry read because it was obvious he was right for the role, Rudofsky said.
“There had already been two Deans cast before we found him,” she added. “But there is something about Jared.”
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