After years and years the time has finally come. Gilmore Girls is back in action, and brought along basically everyone from Stars Hollow. After nearly a decade of wondering, we finally know what happened to Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Sookie, and the whole motley crew of colorful Amy-Sherman Palladino characters. But those currently watching the four new 90 minute entries will also notice a ton of new faces to Stars Hollow- although we've all seen said faces on other TV shows. A bunch of actors have been popping up in cameo roles, making for moments of surprise and joy for the audience.

Two such cameos come in the form of Lauren Graham's Parenthood costars Peter Krause, Jason Ritter and Mae Whitman. While we had previously known that Graham's other on screen daughter would be making an appearance, Krause and Ritter were a complete surprise. And now it turns out that we have Lauren Graham herself to thank for their delightful cameos. Peter Krause (who is also Graham's real life boyfriend) revealed the following:

Lauren came home one day and said, 'Would you like to play a Park Ranger?' And I said, 'Can I take a look at [the script]?' She said, 'Come on. Just do it.' And I said, 'When I was a kid I always wanted to be a park ranger so... sure. Cool.'

And just like that, the Six Feet Under actor was putting on a silly hat and joining the Gilmore Girls family. Just like her character, Lauren Graham tends to get what she wants, despite Krause's busy schedule. In fact, he was filming ABC's The Catch at the same time. He elaborated to TV Line:

I was under the gun time-wise because I needed to go back across town to resume shooting The Catch. It was the first time in my career where I filmed two TV series in one day.

Oof. I have a new idea for a Netflix series: Peter Krause: A Day in the Life, which includes running from studio to studio attempting to nail two roles in the same day.

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Of course, Peter Krause isn't the only actor Lauren Graham wrangled into joining the series. Jason Ritter played Graham's love interest Mark in Parenthood, and she apparently wanted him to step into Gilmore Girls as well. So she sent the actor a quick text and got him to join the fold alongside Krause. At least they had each other to lean on when confronted with park ranger costumes and Lauren Graham's bullying.

Peter Krause and Jason Ritter are just two of many surprise cameos in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. During the four episodes, we saw a ton of Bunheads (creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's other show) cast members, Broadway royalty like Kerry Butler, and even the real Paul Anka on the small screen.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is currently streaming in its entirety on Netflix.

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