11 Amazing Throwbacks Of Jess From 'Gilmore Girls'

As a diehard Gilmore Girls fan, I've seen the entire series multiple times. Thanks to Netflix, it's a regular in my TV queue. Plus, with all the hype about a possible Gilmore Girls revival, I'm practically ready to hop in a car and drive to Stars Hollow myself. Like any fan of the show, I have strong opinions about Rory's love life. By that, I mean that I've always been adamantly Team Dean, because really, he was her first love and he built her a car. For most of my years as a fan, I denied even understanding the appeal of Jess.

Granted, when I rewatched the show after it appeared on Netflix, I had a newfound respect for Jess. He brings out Rory's adventurous side and really connects with her on an intellectual level, especially since they bond over a love of books. Still, I wasn't completely sold on being Team Jess — until I saw these vintage Milo Ventimiglia photos, that is.

Looking at the goofy poses and shirtless photos, I can't help but change my mind. Seriously, they're so amazing in all their early 2000s glory that I bet even those who are Team Logan will be persuaded. (Serious question: Is anyone actually Team Logan though?) Without further ado, here's a round-up of throwback Ventimiglia photos that will make any Gilmore Girls fan's heart skip a beat faster than you can say, "Copper boom!"

1. What's Going On Here?

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Honestly, what is this pose? From the shirtless-ness to the very '00s beaded necklace, I can't even deal. Sure, it's a bit ridiculous, but so great at the same time.

2. Goofing Off

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Between the pose and that face, he's like a human emoji here. You know, the one with its tongue sticking out sideways.

3. Smoldering Stare

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Clearly trying to show off his abs and Calvin Kleins, it's as if his eyes are saying, "Oops! Did I forget an undershirt?"

4. Boxing Champ

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I guess he's a regular Rocky Balboa, huh?

5. Monkeying Around

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This pose is reminiscent of Mowgli in The Jungle Book.

6. Boyband Wannabe

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This ensemble feels very Backstreet Boys chic. And I mean that in the best way possible.

7. Outdoorsy

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As I look at this, Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" instantly comes to mind.

8. Those Brows

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Dare I say his brows are on fleek? (Is this phrase still relevant? I know it wasn't even a thing back when this photo was taken.)

9. Rory & Jess Forever

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A true sign of their characters' chemistry? Ventimiglia and Alexis Bledel can goof off like this in real life.

10. Superman

Is this a superhero pose or the start of the "Macarena"? Not sure, but I still appreciate this photo's existence.

11. That Stare

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You know what this face says to me? It's basically Ventimiglia telling everybody, "Really?! Are you not convinced yet?"

That settles it, somebody get me a #TeamJess button ASAP.