Gilmore Girls fans rejoiced when news of the beloved show's Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, was announced. After nearly ten years away from our favorite TV mother and daughter, we were ready to go back — but we weren't the only ones. Milo Ventimiglia, who played Rory's bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold love interest Jess Mariano, was itching to get back to Stars Hollow, too.
At a reception for his new series, This Is Us, he told E! News that he's kept in touch with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and was ecstatic to learn that a revival was actually in the works — so ecstatic, in fact, that he promised to drop what he was doing and fly in from wherever he was in the world just to be a part of it.
He was also more than ready to gush about returning to his now-iconic role as Jess and what's happened to the character since we last saw him.
"It's interesting stepping away from a character and then going back to them," he said. "There's something about Jess that I always appreciated. It was at the very end that I thought for whatever angst, whatever broken spirit, whatever sly behavior he had, who he was at his core was a very, very good guy. I think that started to emerge as time went on. We got to the end of his existence on the show, you see him—he's not there for himself, to entertain himself, he's there to ask Rory real questions to get her thinking. I always respected that about the character."
Yes, he was all those things, but what can we expect from modern Jess when he returns?
"He grew up and he turned into a really decent guy. In terms of what are the lessons he went through, I think he had to have life lived. I think he had to experience heartbreak, he had to experience happiness, he had to experience all these things that we all come across in life, but we can only measure the scale of them when we have time," Ventimiglia explained. "I think who Jess turned out to be was just — he got to experience life and I think he became a really cool young guy."
We'd say Jess was already a pretty cool young guy, but it's great to hear that he's continued along exactly the path we'd hoped he would. After all, the scariest thing (pretty much the onlyscary thing) about a revival like Gilmore Girls is the chance that the characters you grew to love won't have the wonderful lives you imagined.
And, in case you were wondering, Jess and Gilmore Girls are a special case for Ventimiglia, who wouldn't necessarily want to revisit every character he's played.
"I mean, for me, I'm perfectly happy when a show ends," he said. "It ends, that's what it was. You can step away from it, walk away clean. Sometimes when they come back around you're like, 'Why'd you do that?'"
But when it comes to Gilmore Girls, he says he doesn't feel that way "at all." Which is good, because we don't either and we'll definitely be tuning in November 25 when Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life drops on Netflix.