The 39-year-old One Tree Hill alum spoke to Today on Wednesday, July 7, where he reminisced about his time as Tristin, the devil-may-care classmate of Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) at Chilton Prep School on the fondly remembered series.
The actor recurred on Gilmore Girls' first two seasons, and while his character is perhaps best remembered for referring to Rory as "Mary" in a smarmy manner, Chad revealed that fans somehow have nothing but favorable impressions of Tristin.
"One response I always get about Tristin is how much they love him," he shared. "They really do. I've never had anyone come up to me and say—which you would think I would receive all the time—no one has ever come up to me and said, 'Tristin was a jerk. Why did you call her Mary?' It never happened."
Chad referred to Alexis as an "awesome" co-star and pointed out that some of his favorite show memories were his interactions with Jared Padalecki (Dean), despite the fact that Tristin and Dean found themselves having tense exchanges.
"These fight sequences where, you know, you're such a jerk, but Jared is the sweetest guy in the whole wide world," Chad recalled. "And the guy, we get along so well. And we're having it out."
He continued, "And it was always fun for me to be on set and for us to have these scenes where we absolutely despise each other, but yet, behind closed doors, off set, we're just palling around and two goofy kids."
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