Whether you’re Team Dean, Team Jess, or Team Logan, it’s hard to imagine Rory dating anyone else. But what if that someone was Ryan Gosling? According to casting director Jami Rudofsky, the La La Land star once auditioned for the role of a young football player who we can only imagine/dream/hope above all hopes would have had some kind of romantic relationship with Rory.

Watch below as Rudofsky dishes on Gosling’s audition during a Gilmore Girls‘ fan fest this weekend.