But there's a lot you may not know about the real-life Ventimiglia, from his early days as a teen actor to his current life as a vegetarian with a non-famous girlfriend and secret tattoos. When Mara Casey and Jami Rudofsky first got their assignment to find someone to play Jess Mariano for show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, they summoned Ventimiglia, who they already knew, and sent him right to the producers.
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While Ventimiglia has had his ups and down in love, I have no doubt that he will find himself the right lady...
stars kept their romance on the DL for a significant time.
Shockingly enough, these days Ventimiglia is single, and he has never married, but he seems to be doing just fine with his career and has a practical outlook on love. Back in 2001, he was cast as Rory Gilmore's bad boy boyfriend, Jess Mariano, and soon after, he and Bledel started dating offscreen.
In 2006, after three and a half years of dating, Ventimiglia and Bledel broke up.