Here Are The Guest Stars You Recognize From The New “Gilmore Girls
1. Alex Kingston
Who she plays: Naomi Shropshire, the boozy, eccentric woman who hires Rory to help write her memoir.
Where you’ve seen her before: As River Song on Doctor Who and Dr. Elizabeth Corday on ER.
2. Jack Carpenter
Who he plays: Paul, Rory’s instantly forgettable boyfriend. (Even Rory, who has dated him for two years, can’t seem to remember him.)
Where you’ve seen him before: As Dash on The Return of Jezebel James and Patric Edelstein on The Good Wife.
The Gilmore connection: Like Paul, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s series The Return of Jezebel James, on which Carpenter had a recurring role, was quickly forgotten, and deserved more love than it got. Carpenter was also on The Good Wife, which starred Matt Czuchry, who plays the guy Rory is cheating on Paul with.
3. Roy Choi
Who he plays: Himself, cooking in the Dragonfly kitchen and annoying Lorelai by virtue of not being Sookie.
Where you’ve seen him before: On Food Network, or maybe you’ve eaten at one of his restaurants.
4. Ray Wise
Who he plays: Jack Smith, an old friend of Emily and Richard’s who grows closer to Emily after Richard’s death.
Where you’ve seen him before: As Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks, The Devil on Reaper, and Marvin on Fresh Off the Boat.
5. Louise Goffin
Who she plays: Louise, the sister of the town troubadour.
Where you’ve seen her before: It’s more likely that you’ve heard her — Goffin is a successful recording artist who…
The Gilmore connection: Sings the Gilmore Girls theme song “Where You Lead” along with her mother, Carole King.
6. Jason Mantzoukas
Who he plays: Robert Castellanos, a lawyer for Naomi Shropshire.
Where you’ve seen him before: He’s popped up on a number of TV series (like Parks and Rec) and movies (like Neighbors). And you may have seen him do live comedy or heard him on a podcast (he co-hosts How Did This Get Made? and has been a guest on countless others).
The Gilmore connection: Mantzoukas has long been an outspoken Gilmore Girls fan who tried to get on the series during its original run. Speaking of podcasts, he’s been on Gilmore Guys several times.
7. The Gilmore Guys
Who they play: Unnamed guests at The Dragonfly Inn.
Where you’ve seen them before: You may not have seen them, but if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, you’ve almost certainly heard them as the hosts of Gilmore Guys.
The Gilmore connection: I think it’s clear.