A lot can change in 10 years. When Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres Friday, Nov. 25, Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) is not the same young woman she was when the popular series originally signed off in the spring of 2007.
After turning down boyfriend Logan's (Matt Czuchry) rash marriage proposal, the studious Yale graduate was preparing to join then-Sen. Obama's campaign trail. Now a decade older, she's still very much on the road — or at the very least, On the Road-ing it. For Bledel, who is married to her former Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser and gave birth to the couple's first child in 2015, returning to the role that launched her career was a little surreal.
"Coming back to this character, you know she had grown up and it was interesting that we get to go back to the characters in real time because I have grown up the same amount probably, but in a very different environment," Bledel told a small group of press earlier this summer at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "So getting to think about her and where she's been — I mean, it doesn't happen very often."
Since Gilmore Girls signed off, much of the chatter surrounding the series has been about Rory's love life and which of the character's three long-term boyfriends (Jared Padalecki's Dean, Milo Ventimiglia's Jess and Czuchry's Logan) was best suited for her. But that's never been the focus of the story; the heart of the series is the relationship between Rory, her mother, Lorelai (Lauren Graham), and grandmother, Emily (Kelly Bishop).
Although Bledel couldn't divulge specifics about where her character is when the first of Netflix's four 90-minute episodes picks up, or what transpires between the three generations of strong-willed Gilmore women, she did reveal that Rory and Lorelai's dynamic has definitely changed as the two women have gotten older.
"Rory always kind of was the adult in the relationship and Lorelai would act more like a kid ... I think what that really was, for my character, was having to kind of try to make mom happy no matter what mom was going through. Her job was kind of — she wasn't really being an adult. She was just kind of doing whatever would create harmony in her household in a sense," Bledel said. "Now [Rory] is out living her own life and she's really just taking care of herself and trying to survive her day to day, which is not easy being a journalist in this day and age.
"For [Rory] just starting out, she's not that far along in her career but she's been doing it for a little while. And that's really been her main focus," Bledel continued. "It's had to be for her to just survive her own life. So coming back to see her mom and stepping back into that dynamic that has now matured into something else, it's — I don't think it's clear from the beginning, you know, where we pick up, what that looks like. I think it's something they discover as the story plays out."
But if you really must know, Rory's love life will be something that's uncovered as the story progresses, too. According to Bledel, everyone's questions surrounding Rory's love life will be answered by the end of the revival's fourth and final episode. There, are you happy now?
All four 90-minutes episodes of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premiere Friday, Nov. 25 on Netflix.