Alexis Bledel

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Alexis Bledel
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BornKimberly Alexis Bledel
(1981-09-16) September 16, 1981 (age 32)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active1996–present
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
 
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Alexis Bledel
AlexisBledelSept11TIFF.jpg
BornKimberly Alexis Bledel
(1981-09-16) September 16, 1981 (age 32)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, producer
Years active1996–present
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Kimberly Alexis Bledel (born September 16, 1981) is an American actress, model and producer. She is known for her role as Rory Gilmore in The WB/The CW comedy-drama Gilmore Girls. She has since starred in films including Tuck Everlasting, Sin City, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and Post Grad. Popular among teenagers and young adults, she has posed on the cover of numerous mainstream magazines, including WWD, People, Teen People, Teen Vogue, Teen, TV Guide, Seventeen, Elle Girl, Nylon, Vanity Fair, Latina, and Entertainment Weekly.

Early life[edit]

Bledel was born Kimberly Alexis Bledel in Houston, Texas to Nanette (née Dozier), who worked as a gift processor and flight attendant, and Martin Bledel.[1][2] She has a younger brother, Eric.[3] Her father was born and raised in Argentina.[4][5] Her paternal grandfather, Enrique Einar Bledel Huus, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was of Danish and distant German descent; Enrique was Vice President of Coca-Cola Latin America and the Coca-Cola Inter-American Corporation. Bledel's paternal grandmother, Jean (née Campbell), was originally from New York, and had Scottish and English ancestry.[6][7][8] Bledel's mother, Nanette was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, at the age of eight; Nanette was raised there, and in Mexico City.[9][10] Of her parents' upbringing in Latin America, Bledel has stated "It's the only culture my mom knows from life, and my father as well, and they made the decision to raise their children within the context they had been raised in".[2][9] Bledel grew up in a Spanish-speaking household, and did not learn English until she began school; she considers herself Latina.[2][11]

Bledel attended Catholic St. Agnes Academy in Houston, as well as Baptist and Lutheran schools.[12] Her mother encouraged her to try community theater to overcome her shyness.[13] As a child, Bledel appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz.[14] She was scouted at a local shopping mall and given work as a fashion model. She went to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for one year.[15]

Career[edit]

In 2000, Bledel made her television debut, co-starring opposite Lauren Graham in The WB comedy-drama Gilmore Girls until the show ended in 2007. She portrayed Rory Gilmore, the daughter of single mother Lorelai Gilmore. Initially, Rory was a high school student at an exclusive private academy, living with her mother in a small town in Connecticut, but later moved on to college at Yale University, where she, among other things, worked as the editor of the Yale Daily News. Bledel made her feature film debut, co-starring opposite Jonathan Jackson in Tuck Everlasting, based on the novel of the same name by Natalie Babbitt released in 2002, though she had worked as an uncredited extra in the 1998 film Rushmore.[16] In 2005, she co-starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, opposite Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera and Blake Lively and based on Ann Brashares' novel of the same name. She played Lena Kaligaris, an aspiring artist on a journey with her three best friends, linked over the summer by a pair of "magical" jeans.

Bledel in June 2008

In 2005, Bledel starred in the movie Sin City where she portrayed Becky, a prostitute. "She's a very professional prostitute. She carries a gun and she kicks ass," said Bledel of her character.[17] In 2006, Bledel co-starred in I'm Reed Fish, in the role of Reed Fish's fiance. After the end of Gilmore Girls, she reprised her role of Lena Kaligaris in the sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, released in August 2008. The following year, Bledel starred in the comedy Post Grad, which was released on August 21, 2009.

Bledel co-starred opposite Scott Porter and Bryan Greenberg in the film The Good Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival April 26, 2009. The film centered around Porter's character Tommy, a Wall Street investment broker whose life falls apart when he helps out Greenberg's character Daniel, a new broker. Bledel played Beth, Tommy's girlfriend. In April 2009, Bledel guest-starred in the NBC medical drama ER in the two-hour series finale titled "And in the End...", playing Dr. Julia Wise, a new intern to the hospital.[18] In May 2009, Bledel signed a contract with the modeling division of IMG.[15]

Bledel co-starred opposite James McAvoy and Robin Wright in the historical drama The Conspirator directed by Robert Redford. She plays the girlfriend of McAvoy's character Frederick Aiken, the lawyer who defended Mary Surratt, the first woman to be hanged in the United States, played by Wright. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States on April 15, 2011.[19] Also in 2010, Bledel completed work, starring in the leading role in the independent Canadian film The Kate Logan Affair. The film was presented at Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010.[20][21]

Bledel performed in a theatre production by the Manhattan Theatre Club titled Regrets, staged at the New York City Center.[22] It was confirmed in early-March 2013 that Bledel will co-star opposite Jason Ritter in the FOX upcoming pilot Friends & Family, an adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey playing Stacey with Ritter playing Gavin .[23] The pilot has been picked up for a series and was retitled Us & Them.[24]

Bledel appeared in the music video for "She's Gonna Break Soon" by Less Than Jake.

Personal life[edit]

Bledel dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia from December 2002 to July 2006.[25]

In mid-2012, Bledel began dating her Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser.[26] Bledel and Kartheiser announced their engagement in March 2013.[27]

In 2012, Bledel supported the re-election of Barack Obama and urged her fans to vote.[28][29]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998RushmoreStudentUncredited
2002Tuck EverlastingWinnie Foster Jackson
2004¿Cuanto cuesta la admisión?MoniqueShort film
2004DysEnchantedGoldilocksShort film
2004Bride and PrejudiceGeorgina "Georgie" Darcy
2005Sin CityBecky
2005Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsLena Kaligaris
2006I'm Reed FishKate
2006ZoomAceUncredited
2006Life Is ShortCharlotteShort film; also producer
2008Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, TheThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Lena Kaligaris
2009Good Guy, TheThe Good GuyBeth Vest
2009Post GradRyden Malby
2009Ballad of G.I. Joe, TheThe Ballad of G.I. JoeLady JayeVideo short
2010Conspirator, TheThe ConspiratorSarah WestonPremiered at the Toronto International Film Festival
2010Kate Logan Affair, TheThe Kate Logan AffairKate LoganPremiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
2010Girl Walks into a Bar[30]KimPremiered on Youtube March 11, 2011[31]
2011Violet & Daisy[32]Violet
2012The Brass TeapotPayton
2014Parts per BillionSarahJune 5 release date
2014Jenny's WeddingFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000–07Gilmore GirlsRory GilmoreLead role (154 episodes)
2009ERDr. Julia WiseEpisode: "And in the End..."
2012Mad MenBeth DawesRecurring role (3 episodes)
2013Remember SundayMolly BranfordHallmark Hall of Fame telefilm
2014Us & ThemStaceyLead role; in post-production

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Love, Loss, and What I WoreJanuary 12 – February 13, 2011
2012RegretsChrissie MyersMarch 27 – April 29, 2012

Awards and other recognitions[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2001Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young ActressGilmore GirlsWon
2001Teen Choice AwardsTV – Choice ActressGilmore GirlsNominated
2002Teen Choice AwardsTV – Choice Drama ActressGilmore GirlsNominated
2002Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young ActressGilmore GirlsNominated
2002Family Television AwardsBest ActressGilmore GirlsWon
2003Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger ActorTuck EverlastingNominated
2003Satellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalGilmore GirlsNominated
2004Teen Choice AwardsTV – Choice Comedy ActressGilmore GirlsNominated
2005Teen Choice AwardsTV – Choice Comedy ActressGilmore GirlsWon
2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV ChemistryGilmore GirlsNominated
2005Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Love SceneThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsNominated
2005Teen Choice AwardsMovie – Choice Drama ActressThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsNominated
2006Teen Choice AwardsTV – Choice Comedy ActressGilmore GirlsWon
2006Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV ChemistryGilmore GirlsNominated
2006ALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television SeriesGilmore GirlsNominated
2006Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleSin CityNominated

Other recognitions[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Latina - Google Books". Latina (Latina Publications) 8 (6-11). 2004. Retrieved March 22, 2013. "A native of Phoenix, Nanette moved with her family at age 8 to Guadalajara (and later to Mexico City), where she developed "a Mexican soul," she says... It's a legacy Alexis feels strongly connected to — and proud of. "In general I think Latinos know how to live and eat and sleep and spend time with their families," she says." 
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  4. ^ Brady, James (August 3, 2008). "In Step With Alexis Bledel". Parade Magazine. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2009. 
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