Gilmore Girls' Jared Padalecki has grown older, but, thanks to movie magic, Stars Hollow has stayed exactly the same.
The Supernatural star will reprise his role of Dean Forester for the Netflix revival, and Padalecki took a moment to dish on filming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Although the actor will only have a small role to play, stepping back onto the set brought memories of the five years he spent in Connecticut's mot unusual small town.
"The exact same was the set, and that was weird. I'd gone through [Warner Bros Studio] to do ADR or voice over work or to have meetings with the writers or something, so I'd been through 'Stars Hollow' but it was no longer "Stars Hollow,'" Padalecki enthused while speaking to Cassidy Gard at the Saturn Awards.
It's been 16 years since Gilmore Girls filmed the pilot (16 years!), and the back lot has transitioned from Heart of Dixie's Bluebell to Pretty Little Liars' Rosewood and back again in the meantime.
"So showing back up in February and it was Stars Hollow again with Doose's Market and the gazebo and the school, it was sort of like a very chilling experience," Padalecki said. "It was total déjà vu."
Dean probably won't be donning a Doose's market apron in the revival, but Padalecki's sole scene will take place within Taylor's minimart. Albeit quick, Dean's appearance will bring closure to the fans and cast alike following the character's abrupt season 5 departure.
"This is a chance to go back and get closure," Padalecki teased. "It was a really cool role I got to play in the new Netflix series."
Find out more when Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) return to Netflix with the four-part Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life later this year.