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C. April 28, 2017 0 Comments

The following interview contains spoiler from the first episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Alexis and her co-star Samira Wiley sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the LGBTQ Treatment in the first episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

[This story contains spoilers from the first three episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred,” “Birth Day” and “Late.”]

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which launched its first three episodes Wednesday, delivered one of the most stunning commentaries about LGBTQ rights on the small screen.

The series takes place in Gilead, a futuristic but simplified world in which fertility issues abound and women’s rights are a thing of the past. In order to keep the population up, totalitarian government officials send young and fertile women — the “handmaids” — to affluent families, where they are forced to help couples procreate via sexual servitude.

What’s more, being gay in the new world is not something that’s at all accepted, given the prioritization on repopulating the world. It’s a charge that’s actually punishable by death, as characters played by stars Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) learned by the end of the first three episodes.

Elisabeth Moss’ Offred is told that her gay best friend Moira (Wiley) has been killed — though viewers never see that to be true. Meanwhle, Bledel’s Ofglen — Offred’s shopping partner and secret resistance member — is captured alongside her girlfriend. Both tried for being “gender traitors,” Ofglen is sentenced to rehabilitation — a harrowing surgery in which her clitoris is removed — after watching as her lover is hanged to death. (Ofglen’s life is only saved since she is still fertile.)

Overall, the portrayal of gay characters in the Hulu drama mirrors how some parts of the world treat LGBTQ individuals. (Gay men in Chechnya, for example, are currently being tortured and killed merely because of their sexuality.)

Below, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Wiley and Bledel to delve into the horrifying scenes of author Margaret Atwood’s book come to life, the way LGBTQ characters are portrayed in the series, feminism and what’s next.

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C. April 25, 2017 0 Comments

Alexis sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about her role in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Alexis Bledel may be synonymous with Gilmore Girls favorite Rory Gilmore, but 17 years after her acting debut the actress is tackling one of her most challenging roles yet with Hulu’s highly anticipated take on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

On the streaming service’s drama, Bledel takes on the role of Ofglen, a prominent member of the resistance in the fictional world of Gilead. Her character in the novel (and on the series) plays a big role in getting Offred (Elisabeth Moss) to pass on information to the rebellion at the center of the drama.

Picked up straight to series, the 10-episode drama stars Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and is based on the book by award-winning Canadian author Atwood. The series takes place in Gilead, a futuristic but simplified world in which fertility issues abound and women’s rights are a thing of the past. In order to keep the population up, government officials in a totalitarian society send young and fertile women — the “handmaids” — to affluent families, where they are forced to help couples procreate via sexual servitude.

But while Bledel’s Ofglen is a fringe character in the book, showrunner Bruce Miller has fleshed her out into a more complex, surprising role in the Hulu offering in a way that may surprise die-hard Gilmore Girls fans.
“I was trying to give her an interesting backstory about how she got caught and all these other things; it was a decision based on what I thought she’d be like,” Miller tells THR. “She’s such a fascinating character because from the outside it looks like she’s almost a committed bubblehead. A ‘pious shit.’ But she spends the whole first episode trying to figure out if Offred is someone she can trust. On one hand she seems like a pious little shit; on the other she’s a recruiter for the resistance. I was trying to fill her out just in all sorts of ways.”

Ahead of the April 26 premiere, THR caught up with Bledel to discuss growing up from Gilmore Girls and Ofglen’s significance.

What was it about Ofglen that made you sign on?

She’s such a rich character so it’s a real opportunity for me to dig in a bit deeper. It’s endlessly interesting to play a character who had this former life and a family and an identity that was stripped from her and now she’s essentially enslaved and oppressed and fearing for her life. If she takes a misstep or says the wrong thing in front of the wrong person…there’s an underlying tension in all of the scenes.

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C. April 11, 2017 0 Comments

During Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Panel Alexis and “Gilmore Girls” co-star Lauren Graham discussed the possibility of more episodes of the revival.

Gilmore Girls stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel joined Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys panel Sunday morning to discuss their time on the Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and whether they’d be game to continue the series.

“Now it has become a dialogue with the fans of the show; if it all existed in a vacuum I would play that character until my dying day,” Graham told the audience, adding that they both hadn’t been approached by anyone about doing a second season of the revival. “I love her writing; from the moment I read the pilot, I felt so connected to Amy Sherman-Palladino’s voice as a writer. It was so invigorating and fulfilling to do that work. In terms of an actor, I would never tire of that. Now it has become, ‘What can we do that is satisfying, and worth continuing, and gratifying to the people who care so much about it.’ I don’t know if there is a need to do more. I would never want it to feel like we overstayed our welcome. … There’s probably a way to keep these characters alive but I don’t know if that’s the best thing for them.”

As for Bledel, moderator Michael Ausiello from TVLine asked if she’s dying to do a birth scene. “So much talking,” Graham chimed in. “Most talkative birth scene ever,” added Bledel. “I think for me it comes down to what story we’re telling. I’m just interested in telling a story that is dynamic and that I sort of relate to and can hook into. And if that happens … I don’t know. It’s such an unknown, I don’t think we anticipated that this would happen.”

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C. March 16, 2017 0 Comments

TVLine has published an interview with Alexis in which she talks about her role in the upcoming Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Talk about culture shock. Shortly after reprising her role as Rory in Netflix’s (mostly) light and breezy Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Alexis Bledel segued to the dark and twisted terrain of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s forthcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood punishing novel about female oppression and sexual servitude. And while the actress acknowledges the projects’ starkly divergent themes — “Stars Hollow is almost like a utopia, and then we come to this dystopia” via Gilead — she also points out they share some critical common ground.

“They’re both very distinctly their own worlds,” Bledel tells TVLine. “They are complete in their design, full of detail and very rich. They’re satisfying places to work… I’m spoiled that I get to have [Stars Hollow and now Gilead] as backdrops, because you don’t always have all of that to work with.”

In Handmaid’s Tale, which premieres April 26 and also stars Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss and Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski, Bledel plays the recurring role of Ofglen, a fellow Handmaid of Moss’ Offred. At first, Ofglen seems like a pious rule-follower, loyal to the oppressive Gilead system, but she turns out to be daring and subversive.

“Ofglen wants to create change,” Bledel explains of her character, who we quickly learn is also a lesbian. “She wants to right a lot of the wrongs that are happening around her to people she knows. She’s getting these tidbits of information from different sources that she seeks out, and it’s a lot of depressing news all the time. And it lights a fire in her and makes her want to fight back… She’s been through a lot and she’s mad. And she’s determined to do something about it.”

Although Bledel says she’s been “blown away by the ambition” of the 10-episode series and is relishing “the opportunity to play a character with such emotional depth,” she concedes the heavy material can take a toll. “Some days it was [hard],” she notes. “Some days it was cathartic. But it was more about focusing my energy and just going there.”

C. December 01, 2016 0 Comments

Alexis was a guest at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to promote “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”. She talked about her favorite Gilmore characters and what she thought of the final four words. Check out the videos from the interview below!

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