Though the two later become friends, their relationship remains characterised by a rivalry which continues into their university studies.
Rory reluctantly runs for student government with Paris and wins, and writes for the Chilton paper, The Franklin.
She soon becomes interested in him and after Dean breaks up with her (she was detained at a party arranged by her grandparents to introduce her to the wealthy and eligible sons of their Yale alumni friends, including Logan), she makes the first move at her grandparents' vow-renewal.
Rory shares her mother's taste in junk food, coffee, movies, and much more.She spent her childhood in the Independence Inn in Stars Hollow where her mother worked originally as a maid.Dean gets jealous but he and Rory grow closer and have an affair, during which Rory loses her virginity.Lorelai is angry and disappointed in Rory, who decides to leave for Europe with her grandmother for the summer to avoid conflicts.Lorelai Gilmore (mother) Christopher Hayden (father) Georgia "Gigi" Hayden (half-sister) Richard Gilmore (maternal grandfather) Emily Gilmore (maternal grandmother) Straub Hayden (paternal grandfather; deceased) Francine Hayden (paternal grandmother) Lorelai Leigh Gilmore, better known as Rory, is a fictional character from the WB/CW television series Gilmore Girls played by Alexis Bledel.
She first appeared in the pilot episode of the series on October 5, 2000 and appeared in every episode until the series finale on May 15, 2007.
While at Yale, Rory reconnects with Dean, who married Lindsay (a fellow school mate), straight after high school, but it is soon clear that he impulsively did it as a rebound from Rory.
During the same period, Jess shows up at Yale to see Rory unexpectedly, and asks her to run away with him, but she refuses.
However, various problems make their relationship difficult.
After Jess skips school to go to work at Walmart, causing him to be unable to graduate or to take Rory to Prom, Jess decides to leave to go to California to see his estranged father, effectively breaking up with Rory.
Bledel's performance throughout the series' run earned her a Young Artist Award, a Family Television Award and two Teen Choice Awards.