Milo Ventimiglia discusses Gilmore Girls connection in his marriage

Since tying the knot last year, Milo Ventimiglia and his wife Jara Mariano have kept their romance out of the spotlight. However, he made a rare comment about their relationship during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On Jan. 25, host Kimmel wanted to know about the unexpected Gilmore Girls connection Mariano brought to Ventimiglia's life, and Ventimiglia finally addressed it.

What's in the name?

For loyal Gilmore Girls fans, Mariano's last name is familiar. This was shared by Ventimiglia (Jess), who played multiple characters on the beloved TV show's first season from 2000 to 2007, as well as its sequel , Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life . Ventimiglia said it was "a very easy connection to make," but it turns out some fans spotted the coincidence before he did.

"I think once people started to know that her name was associated with my name, and that my name was associated with her name, then I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that's right... that used to be my name, '" Ventimiglia told Kimmel.

Fan Approval

It's a pairing that many fans appreciate, and was discussed in countless tweets after news of his marriage broke in late October. "Isn't Milo Ventimiglia (aka Jesse Mariano) from 'Gilmore Girls' married to a Mariano woman, oh my god, she has the same last name as Jesse, it's called 'destiny' ," one netizen wrote in November.

Jarah Mariano at the 2015 amfAR New York Inspiration Gala Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Other fans wondered about the possibility of such a coincidence, calling it "funny" and "crazy." One even called it the "cutest thing" they'd heard that day. Meanwhile, another person wrote, "Milo Ventimiglia married a woman named Mariano and he is so real."


Ventimiglia has always kept a low profile about his relationship, and true to form, he and Mariano never publicly confirmed their relationship before getting married. The couple tied the knot sometime in 2023, in a private ceremony attended by family and close friends, Us Weekly reported on October 30. Ventimiglia didn't reveal more about their love story during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! , but he did accept Kimmel's congratulations on their wedding and let him know he was "very happy" with his new wife. He called Mariano an "amazing woman."

Kimmel noted that Ventimiglia's marriage has been difficult for many of his fans, and he selected a number of tweets from people who were grappling with the fact that Ventimiglia was married to someone else. . For these Stans, Ventimiglia offers hope. After someone asked, "What's the point?" he said, "The point is, there are a lot of Milo Ventimiglias out there."

As for Milo Ventimiglia, he will continue to enjoy married life with Mariano, and his next film, " In the Country of Evil, " will be released on February 16.