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.”
A new trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale” was released earlier this week. Unfortunately Alexis was not featured in this trailer but it looks really good nonetheless. Also be sure to check out the story of “The Handmaid’s Tale” which can be found below as well.
THR is reporting that Netflix is in early talks with Amy Sherman-Palladino & Dan Palladino about more instalments of the “Gilmore Girls” revival. If you haven’t seen “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” beware of spoilers in the article!
Could there be more life left in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life?
Judging from the open-ended finale of the Netflix revival and comments made over the weekend by Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, the answer to that may be “yes.”
Sarandos told the U.K.’s press association that the streaming giant is in “very preliminary” talks with Gilmore Girls creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino for a revival of the revival.
“We hope [there are more installments]. We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped,” he said, adding that “the worst thing is to wait a couple of years for your favorite show to come back and for it to disappoint you, but they sure delivered and people were really excited about more, and we have been talking to them about the possibility of that.”
Netflix’s four-episode Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuted in November. Netflix projection house Symphony Advanced Media, which has been leaking numbers on the streamer for more than a year, said in December that nearly 5 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 had watched all four episodes of the revival. By regular broadcast standards, that amounts to a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. Compared with other 2016 Netflix efforts, Gilmore Girls‘ binge audience in the first three-day window is only out-measured by Orange Is the New Black’s fourth season (5.8 million) and the first run of Fuller House (7.3 million). (Netflix, like Amazon and Hulu, does not discuss ratings information.)
The Netflix finale of the series revealed the final four words that diehard fans of the Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel drama had waited years to hear. It also allowed the Palladinos, who exited the series abruptly in season six following a contract dispute with producers Warner Bros. Television, to provide closure. Those final four words, however, opened the door for additional episodes as Rory (Bledel) revealed to Lorelai (Graham) that she was pregnant. The reveal brought the series full circle and left the baby’s father to remain a mystery.
You might have noticed it but over the last couple of months I’ve added and replaced tons of public appearances photos of Alexis with high quality ones. Be sure to check them out in our gallery!
I’ve replaced the DVD quality captures we had with Blu-Ray quality screen captures of “Tuck Everlasting” in our gallery. This was Alexis’ first feature film and she is great in it. Be sure to check out the captures in the gallery.