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.”
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!
Alexis was on The Today Show to promote “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” Unfortunately she was stuck in traffic so she missed the first interview but she did phone in to answer some questions. Check out the videos below!
If you’re a twenty-something woman who talks fast and drinks a lot of coffee (or just anyone with good taste in TV, really), chances are high that you’re a major fan of Gilmore Girls. And, chances are even higher that on June 6, you were perched in front of your laptop, eagerly awaiting every new bit of detail from the Gilmore Girls reunion that occurred at the ATX Television Festival. The panel brought nearly every major actor from the show, from Lauren Graham to Kelly Bishop, on-stage together for the first time in years, and to say fans were into it is an understatement on par with “Kirk’s a little odd.” One person especially excited about the reunion? Alexis Bledel, who played Rory for seven years on the beloved show.
“It was amazing,” she says, speaking to Bustle. “It was so cool to hear all the questions… we have wonderful, smart fans, so it was a fun Q&A.”
During the panel, Bledel and her castmates were asked about everything from their characters’ futures (Rory’s still a journalist, obviously) to the potential for a movie (unlikely, but possible!), to the most important question of all: which of Rory’s three suitors — Dean, Jess, and Logan — was really the best choice. Bledel demurred from picking a favorite (could you blame her? The three actors were sitting right there), and would rather focus on Rory’s job prospects, instead.
“Maybe she’d just be working so hard she’d be focused on her career [instead of dating],” Bledel says. “Or maybe she’d be seeing someone new.”
Sure, fine, but what about the guys?
“I can’t answer the triangle!” she says, laughing. “People have very strong feeling about it. You can’t win. I just expressed [at the panel] that they were all wonderful actors to work with, which is true.”
“But,” she admits, “it’s also the safe answer.”
Still, fans certainly weren’t happy when Bledel refused to chime in on one of the biggest romance questions of our time, and their reactions were, to say the least, strong. Not that that’s unusual for Gilmore fans; viewers of the show tend to be passionate about all things related to the Lorelais and their lives. At the panel, many of the cast members seemed to be used to that type of enthusiasm, but Bledel, who hasn’t had as big a post-Gilmore TV career like co-stars Lauren Graham and Jared Padelecki, looked noticeably overwhelmed.
There’s good timing, and then there’s really good timing. Such is the case for Jenny’s Wedding, a new film from writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue (Beaches) about a lesbian’s impending marriage, which debuted on July 31, just one month after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Starring Katherine Heigl as the titular Jenny, the movie deals with many of relevant issues of recent months: LGBT rights, cultural acceptance, the support of a loving partner (played by Alexis Bledel) when facing an uphill battle. Simply put, Jenny’s couldn’t have come at a better time.
“People are so excited to just see a film being made on this subject matter,” says Bledel, speaking with Bustle. “[And to see] conversations that are authentic… something that they recognize and could relate to.”
In the film, Bledel plays Kitty, the patient and understanding partner of Heigl’s Jenny. At times, it’s an unforgiving role — the movie is far more focused on Jenny’s relationship with her disapproving family than her romance with Kitty — but Bledel says she jumped at the chance to take on the part.
“When I read the script. I was like, sign me up!” she says. “I was really excited about it. I had never read anything like it.”
Bledel credits Donoghue’s passion for the project as a main reason for her interest. Donoghue based the script on events surrounding her niece, a gay woman (also named Jenny) who came out to her family and told them she wanted to get married.