Milo Ventimiglia Reveals Handmade Gilmore Girls Team Dean Sign in His House: 'I Love Dean 4 Ever'
Milo Ventimiglia may have played heartthrob Jess Mariano on Gilmore Girls, but he remains on Team Dean more than 20 years after the series premiered
On Monday's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ventimiglia, who played bad boy Jess Mariano on the CW series, reaffirmed his Team Dean loyalty when he paid tribute to costar Jared Padalecki's character, Dean Forester.
During the interview, Ventimiglia, 43, revealed a handwritten note that he had displayed in his home, reading, "I [heart] DEAN 4 EVER."
Padalecki debuted on the first season of Gilmore Girls in 2000 as Dean, the first boyfriend of Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). Ventimiglia joined the show in season 2 as Jess, who also vied for Rory's heart. Later, Matt Czuchry's Logan Huntzberger was introduced as Rory's college boyfriend. Thus, the Team Dean vs. Jess vs. Logan debate began among fans.
While speaking with Ventimiglia, Fallon was most amused by the fact that the note was taped to a framed certificate the actor got for one of his three Emmy Award nominations for This Is Us. "Is that rubbing it in his face?" the late-night host asked.
"Not at all, Jared and I are really good friends," Ventimiglia said, revealing that he made the sign for a photo op and decided to keep it.
"After I made it I just said, 'Well, let me just hang on to this 'cause this is cool.' And I literally just kind of stuck it right onto my Emmy notification that was hanging on my wall," said Ventimiglia.
Back in 2018, Ventimiglia revealed where he stood on the debate, telling Bustle, "That's the crazy part, I was totally Team Dean. I still am Team Dean."
"I don't dream too far from the script," he said when asked who Rory belongs with. "I look at the script and I accept this is what the script is, and [use] my imagination to get to the moments I need to as an actor. But when I left the show, I never really thought about where Jess went."
Both Jess and Dean appeared throughout the series, which ran for seven seasons until its finale in 2007. They also reunited with the rest of the cast for the 2016 Netflix miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
The sequel series ended with a massive cliffhanger, with Rory revealing she is pregnant — and sparking a whole new debate over the identity of the father.
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Ventimiglia revealed in 2017, though, that he knows who's not the father.
"Just so you know, it's not Jess' kid," he said, breaking the news during a panel at London's Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, according to Today. "I'm very happy that the fans and the audience got those last four episodes. They should be happy with that."