Jared Padalecki Recalls Gilmore Girls Scene That Felt Like A Nightmare

Actor Jared Padalecki recalls an embarrassing moment from the Gilmore Girls set. Before taking on what is likely his other best-known role as Sam on Supernatural, the Texan actor appeared on the hit show Gilmore Girls as Dean Forester, Rory's love interest, from 2000 to 2005. Gilmore Girls was responsible for launching Padalecki's career, and his character Dean quickly became a fan favorite.

Gilmore Girls first premiered on The WB in October 2000. Starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, the show centers around the relationship between a mother and daughter and their adventures in love and life in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Created by husband-and-wife team Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, Gilmore Girls received critical acclaim for its witty, fast-paced dialogue, feminist themes, and pop culture references, rendering the show a 2000s classic. In early seasons, Rory and Padalecki's boy-next-door Dean enjoyed a sweet love story, which eventually ended due to the arrival of Luke's bad boy nephew, Jess (Milo Ventimiglia).


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In an interview with Chicago Tribune, Padalecki reflected on his Gilmore Girls years and, in particular, one embarrassing moment on set that still haunts him.The actor recalls that, one day, the crew needed him unexpectedly for a scene after a filming schedule change. The actor, around 19 or 20 at the time, had been up late the previous night partying and slept through all the phone calls summoning him to the set. Eventually, Padalecki's manager had to call a friend to try and wake him up, which he finally did after much provocation. Padalecki arrived on set two hours late. He remembers the feeling of embarrassment acutely:

“I had 20 missed calls and text messages. … I shot out of bed, had a cup of coffee and a water, jumped in the shower and then drove over to Warner Bros ... It was basically the feeling of that nightmare where you’re naked at school. Except unlike being naked at school, this was naked at school and there are cameras everywhere and it will be on film for all time."

Padalecki's career, now far removed from that moment, started when he won a "Claim to Fame Contest" back in 1999 that subsequently landed him an agent. Shortly after, he got his breakthrough role in Gilmore Girls. The beloved Dean Forester paved the way for Padalecki to take on the heartthrob part in several other early 2000s films, such as the 2004 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie New York Minute. Following the conclusion of his role in Gilmore Girls, the actor then fatefully nabbed the role of Sam Winchester on Supernatural, which ran for 15 seasons until 2020.

Gilmore Girls is continually ranked as one of the best TV shows of all time, and Padalecki's Dean is one of its most sentimental and iconic characters as Rory's first love. Interestingly, Padalecki's real-life story about staying up late and partying is almost the direct opposite of his character, who was known for his sweet and sensible nature in early Gilmore Girls seasons. However, Padalecki admitted that, after his embarrassing moment on Gilmore Girls, he now prides himself on being extra prepared on set to avoid ever feeling so humiliated again. Based on the subsequent success of his career, it's fair to say that this preparation paid off.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

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