It's been almost 20 years since Gilmore Girls first aired!
One of the most memorable scenes of the pilot is when Rory meets Dean, the guy who will eventually become her first love. He's played by Jared Padalecki (who weirdly has a brother named Dean on Supernatural...confusing).
Recently, I made a surprising discovery: Dean was initially played by a totally different actor. There's an unaired version of the Gilmore Girls pilot that has a different Dean and it's...really weird to see.
Apparently, the crew shot the scene between Rory and Dean over 40 times to get it right. When the pilot eventually got picked up, they decided to recast Dean and reshoot the pilot. And that's how we ended up with Jared!
I know characters get recast all the time and things change, but...it's still weird to think about anyone other than Jared playing Dean.
Oh, and that's not the only casting change they made. Melissa McCarthy was also not the original Sookie — she was played by Alex Borstein in the unaired pilot.
Anyway. I'm going to go rewatch Gilmore Girls now and try not to think about this.
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