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The Role You Likely Forgot Rami Malek Played On Gilmore Girls

Rami Malek is an Oscar-winning actor known for playing Elliot Alderson on "Mr. Robot," as well as his portrayal of singer-songwriter and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody." He's also appeared in popular franchises like "The Twilight Saga," "The Night at the Museum" trilogy, and "James Bond." You might even know the actor from his supporting roles in shows like "24" and "The War at Home," but did you know that Malek's first acting gig was actually on "Gilmore Girls?"

Helmed by "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the series was known for its unique premise, rapid-fire dialogue, and big personalities who kept viewers entertained. If you look closely enough, you can spot plenty of surprising cameos, so let's take a look at how Malek's character fits into the narrative.

Rami Malek played a member of Lane's study group

Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) are the stars of "Gilmore Girls," but their friends and family frequently had their own storylines. A prominent character throughout the series is Rory's friend Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), a drummer who hides her passion for music from her overbearing mother. Sadly for Lane, Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda) controls every aspect of her daughter's life, including where she attends college. 

In the Season 4 episode titled "In the Clamor and the Clangor," Rami Malek plays an unimaginative young man named Andy, a fellow student at Lane's Seventh-day Adventist college. During an assignment, the two classmates are tasked with interviewing a person of influence. Lane chooses former President Bill Clinton, but much to her frustration, Andy insists that they question one of their professors who takes part in the project every year. Malek does a great job of bringing some levity to a situation that would be painfully awkward in reality, allowing viewers to grasp just how suffocating it is for Lane to lead a double life. 

According to the actor, appearing on the show pushed him to continue his acting pursuits. "It was an opportunity that gave me a stepping stone to get that next job," Malek told Glamour. "[Being cast on 'Gilmore Girls'] let me feel like this career was not insurmountable."

 Malek's endurance paid off as his career has only flourished since his one-time visit to Stars Hollow.