How Those Top Secret Gilmore Girls Cameos Happened

gilmore girls: a year in the life

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.

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.

For the real story on Rory's baby daddy, click to the next page...

Gilmore Girls posted a ton of fascinating questions about where the lead characters are going moving forward, but of course, the main thing fans want to know is the father's identify. Rory ended the series pregnant, but creator Amy Sherman-Palladino didn't give us any indication of who the daddy is.

Could it be Logan? Could it be that Wookie? Is Jess a possibility? Well, according to Sherman-Palladino, she intentionally didn't answer the question because the show has always been about Rory and Lorelai's relationship first. Here's the full quote...

It really wasn't about the father; it was about the event. People can make their own conclusions about who the father is, there's not a thousand choices out there, but it really wasn't about the boy because, quite frankly, one of the things that's always been a little weird is how obsessed with Rory's love life everybody got when the point of the show was never about their love lives.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.