'Gilmore Girls' Jackson Reflects On His Relationship With Sookie & Why It Might Be Stronger Than Ever
Sookie and Jackson. Jackson and Sookie. Either way you slice it, the Independence Inn's number one chef and produce supplier are a match made in Stars Hollow heaven. But, according to the actor who plays Jackson (Jackson Douglas), their relationship wasn't always in the cards. Not when he first signed on to the show anyway. He told Bustle that his role "was just kind of the progression, because [he] never knew if [he] was ever coming back." That seems to mimic exactly the way that Sookie (played by Melissa McCarthy) and Jackson love-affair felt on screen — a steady progression. But where are Sookie and Jackson — arguably Gilmore Girl's strongest romantic pairing — when we catch up with them in the revival?
Jackson and Sookie were the show's earliest "it couple," even if they weren't a couple yet. Sparks flew when they argued fervently about produce. Then, after their Season 2 finale wedding, they got to procreating. (Things move fast in Stars Hollow.) Sookie gave birth to one baby in Season 4 (Davey), another in Season 5 (Martha), and, when the series ended, a third was on its way. Since Jackson lied about getting a vasectomy in the final season (rude move, man), they might even have more.
Douglas outlined the trajectory of his career with Gilmore GIrls, as well as his relationship with Sookie St. James, as the two were symbiotic. "It was just like, 'OK, I got a call today. I guess I'm going back. Then at the point of our first date, I think that was the episode where I was like, 'Oh, OK. This is moving into a different territory.' So, that's really fun. I never knew. They held their cards very close to their chest."
Anyone paying attention to the the chemistry between Jackson and Sookie saw it coming miles away. Now, if you still have questions regarding what's going to happen to Sookie and Jackson, Douglas said that the revival will be "consistent." It's a bit of a stretch to assume he's talking about consistency within his fictional relationship, but, still, I'll take it. Plus, from everything we know and have witnessed about this couple, can it really go any other way?
"It's funny because, in that couple, they were the sweetest when they were apart from each other," Douglas remembered. "You always found out the sweetest moments when you were talking to somebody. They would go, 'Oh, I want to do this, and I want to do this,' and then they would worry." Which probably does not include the time Jackson talked to Lorelai about his vasectomy instead of his wife (again, rude move, man).
Fans have speculated — thanks to a picture posted of Sookie and Jackson's house with an English flag, and initial news that Melissa McCarthy wasn't going to be in the revival (she is) — that Sookie might be abroad for chef related duties. When we learned that McCarthy will be apart of A Year in the Life, theories of divorce or marital problems were somewhat expunged from the record.
Then again, considering Douglas' words about couple being great when they were apart, maybe he'll be the one in England for a bit? Maybe England has really good soil for rasquats. (That's a raspberry and kumquat mix, for all you die-hard fans of Jackson's cross pollination endeavors.)
Douglas explained that he's "not a big fan" of sitcoms that have characters together bickering all the time. "They're just bickering at each other all the time and it's just like, 'Oh my god,'" he said, before explaining that Sookie and Jackson's type of banter felt "different." "Even though we were going at each other, you actually felt their connection, and that's why they were never going back and forth. So it was also special that way for me."
To me, this clearly, glaringly states what we all already know to be true: Sookie St. James and Jackson Belleville are steady and unwavering in their matrimony. Everything will be right in Stars Hollow. Thank god.
Additional reporting by Samantha Rullo
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