Alexis Bledel

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Alexis Bledel

Born

9/16/1981, Houston, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Kimberly Alexis Bledel

Gender

Female
9.5
out of 10
User Rating
1,015 votes

Biography

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Alexis is a native of Houston, Texas. Her Spanish-speaking parents encouraged her to try community theater at the age of eight to help her overcome her shyness. She eventually appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz, before gaining work as a model. She…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2000, Alexis moved to LA to join the cast of the TV series Gilmore Girls

    • Alexis attended for a year the Tisch School of Art of New York University, studying as a film major.

    • Alexis graduated in acting and modeling at Page Parkes Center.

    • Despite starring on Gilmore Girls, she never used to watch it. She claims to have worked about 15 hours a day on average to film the show.

    • Alexis doesn't drink too much alcohol.

    • According to Alexis, she has never been athletic. The only reason she plays soccer is because her trainer asked her to do some cardio.

    • Alexis loves fruit popsicles.

    • If given an option to either model or act, Alexis would act because it involves the person more than in modeling and because its more rewarding.

    • Along with being an actress and a model, Alexis is also a writer of screenplays. And in the future, she would like to direct.

    • In 2006, Alexis produced and starred in the movie Life is Short.

    • Alexis had an uncredited role in the 1998 movie release Rushmore. She can be seen sitting in the first row when Max is speaking in front of the class.

    • Alexis is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 metres) tall with modeling measurements of 34-23-34. She has blue eyes, wears size seven shoes and is right-handed.

    • Alexis has graced the cover pages of the following magazines:
      Lucky Magazine
      Seventeen
      TV Guide
      Vanity Fair
      YM
      The Plain Dealer TV Week

    • Alexis' modeling career ended when a photographer splashed cold water in her face.

    • Alexis was ranked #87 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list.

    • Alexis plays for a soccer team for women called "The Hustlers".

    • Favorites:

      - Bands: Incubus, Evanescence, Less than Jake, Jimmy Eat World and Radiohead
      - Food: Wendy's chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce and Hi-C fruit punch
      - Pastimes: Reading, writing, photography, going to the movies, and spending time with her family
      - Dream Movie Role: A re-make of 1970's movie
      - Store: Target
      - TV Shows: That '70s Show and ED

    • Alexis is a Roman Catholic.

    • Alexis has done print advertisements for Bonne Bell Chapstick and Naturistics Lip Gloss.

    • Aside from the professional use of the name Alexis, all of her friends, co-workers and family call her by her real name, Kimberly.

    • Alexis has said in previous interviews that she especially enjoyed filming The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants because it was the first time she worked with other girls so close to her own age.

    • When asked what were her least favorite scenes to shoot in Gilmore Girls, Alexis replied that any scene that involved her running is painful for her to watch, because she considers herself an "ungraceful" runner.

    • Alexis dislikes living in Los Angeles because she doesn't like driving; since Los Angeles is so spread out, she's forced to drive everywhere.

    • Alexis attended St Mark's Lutheran Middle School. She graduated from Saint Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas.

    • Alexis adopted a Maltese-Chihuahua mix dog and named her Sophie.

    • Alexis' parents' nationalities are Mexican (her mother, Nanette) and Argentinian (her father, Martin) ; her ethnic background includes German and Spanish.

    • Alexis and Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia started dating in 2002 and broke up in July 2006.

    • Alexis' first language is Spanish. She learned English in school.

    • Alexis started modeling at the age of 14.

    • Alexis graduated from the Page of Parkes Center for modeling and acting.

    • Alexis enjoys reading, writing, photography, going to the movies, and spending quality time with her family.

    • *Awards and Nominations*
      -2002 Family Television Award
      -Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars under 25" (2002)
      -2005 Teen Choice Award -2006 Teen Choice Award for "Funny Actress"

    • Alexis hates coffee, while her character "Rory" on Gilmore Girls consumes it daily. During filming, Alexis drinks Coke out of the supposed coffee mugs!

    • Her best friend is actress Amber Tamblyn. She is also very good friends with America Ferrera.

    • Alexis currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

    • Alexis' immediate family includes mother Nanette, father Martin, and a younger brother Eric, born in 1986.

    • Alexis plays the piano. Sometimes, in-between scenes for Gilmore Girls, she will go to her trailer and play on a keyboard.

    • As a model, Alexis traveled to places such as Milan, Tokyo, New York, and Los Angeles.

    • Alexis' audition for Gilmore Girls was her first audition ever. She nailed it!

    • Alexis supports The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy; she was honored in Washington, D.C. with Hillary Clinton for her charity work. She also volunteers for "First Book," a national youth literacy program for the underprivileged.

    • Alexis appeared in Less Than Jake's music video for "She's Gonna Break."

    • Alexis' parents taught her formal manners by having formal dinners once a week.

  • Quotes

    • Alexis: It gets kinda monotonous, but that's television. There are plus sides and down sides. The positive side is that you have steady work for nine months of the year for however many years your show is on TV.

    • Alexis: A lot of girls ask for advice on how to get into acting, and I'm kind of the worst person to ask, because it just kind of fell in my lap... I was just in the right place at the right time.

    • Alexis: I write a lot too, so I would like to write or direct in the future if I can.

    • Alexis: I'm still a shy person. I've learned to put that aside on certain occasions. I have to. It's part of my job.

    • Alexis: Well, I think every film student goes into film school thinking they want to write and direct their own movies, and they don't realize how much goes into it, and what a process it is.

    • Alexis: I just want to live each moment, but it's kind of hard to do that when you are asked to analyze yourself constantly. But it's also good in that you are forced to think about things that you don't ordinarily think about. I think it's strange.

    • Alexis: I think that's what makes life interesting - the evolution of getting older, and it's kinda fascinating to me, the whole process.

    • Alexis: Directors and writers have a lot of stress as well, because they have people they answer to.

    • Alexis: Well, I think that a lot of times when you're working on a film, there aren't really opportunities to get to know all the people you have to work with.

    • Alexis: I was modeling with an agency in New York and a manager with the agency introduced himself to me one day and he said he had auditions for someone my age. He asked if I would be interested in doing some.

    • Alexis: In my life, I don't need to have my face plastered everywhere. It's not really something I want.

    • Alexis: (on her role in the 2010 movie The Kate Logan Affair) I had never played someone who had to be as tough as her, to be a cop and think the way she does. She comes from such a competitive place, trying to prove herself. And she has this underlying anger from her family life ... She's sensitive - maybe too sensitive. To make up for it, she has to act tough.

    • Alexis: (on the success of her show Gilmore Girls) The success of the show is overwhelming. It's like being Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party because you never know what's going to happen next.

    • Alexis: Last year, I was driving to work at 5.30 in the morning, and I ended up right next to a bus that had a huge picture of me on the side of it. They were all over L.A. but it was the first time I'd seen one. I don't know if it was because it was so early or what, but that freaked me out.

    • Alexis: You hear all these great stories about kids starting their own businesses and getting involved in their communities and politics and foundations - all kinds of things. And it's so much easier for kids to get motivated and do that. - on her belief that teens are motivated to affect change.

    • Alexis: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy really attracted me because it gives people the information that they need to make decisions in life. Plus, our show is based on a teen pregnancy. There is a connection with our audience. We get lots of letters from teen moms.

    • Alexis: (On how she memorizes her lines) I don't actually. I kind of just read it before we start shooting and hope for the best. I kind of just go over it before I go to sleep at night and in the morning I read it over several times and jump into it.

    • Alexis: (On how she overcame her shyness) The theatre and traveling through my modeling jobs, all of those experiences have helped a lot actually.

    • Alexis: When I was modeling as a teenager... I just ignored it when people said to lose two inches off my hips. I had more jobs than I could take. So why would I even want more?

    • Alexis: For some unknown reason, bad-boys draw you in despite the fact that they are jerks.

    • Alexis: I was at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for a year and I loved it. There are a lot of really creative people, there is a constant exchange of an ideas. We talk about what's been done [in film] and all the rules for filmaking and then we talk about how to break them.

    • Alexis: (about her driving) I get pulled over sometimes, because I know all the rules, but I forget them, and sometimes I'm in a hurry.....so one time, I got pulled over, and the cop, I actually thought I was being Punk'd, because the cop was yelling at me. I mean, I've been pulled over before, so I know how it goes, but this guy, he was yelling in my face, and I was like, "What did I do? I didn't do anything!" and he just kept yelling, and I was looking for the camera, and I couldn't find it, so it just made my situation much worse. I cut him off, apparently, but I didn't see him coming. It was bad, so don't do what I did!

    • Alexis: I am a terrible driver, just... I'm actually not proud of this. It's actually shameful. People give me looks of shame everywhere I go, like, "Do you really drive like that?" I'm just very impatient, and if it doesn't end in a collision, the funniest thing that happens is when people kind of yell at you, because you've angered them, but their window is up, so you can't hear what they're saying, so they're just driving forward, and that's very funny to see.

    • Alexis: (about being typecast) I don't know how much it's possible to completely get away from it. I'm looking forward to playing different characters and seeing how far I can stretch, but I don't know that it's a good idea to do something just because it's different. I'm more concerned that the projects I'm involved with are strong material.

    • Alexis: I don't read a lot of fan mail. Most of it is very strange.

    • Alexis: (about playing Rory Gilmore) I was certainly lucky to play a teenage character that was so academic and intelligent and unique from a lot of other characters on television, as far as teenagers go, but I'll be happy to play adult roles. But if I don't get to play characters as unique as Rory is, then I'd miss that.

    • Alexis: (about Logan and Rory's breakup in "Gilmore Girls") I guess it's not what people might have expected as far as their relationship has gone, but it's something that happens to a lot of people when they graduate from school and go off to start their lives elsewhere. I think it's a make-or-break time for a lot of relationships. I felt pretty strongly that I wanted my character to finish up somewhere that we would have liked to see her finish when the whole story started, because she was so driven academically, and I wanted to return to that in some way. She did get pretty caught up in the relationship — in her relationships with guys in general, not that that's a bad thing — but it all seemed to end on a strong note. She made a choice that was very true to herself.

    • Alexis: (on photoshoot) [You] do these stupid movements to make the dress look cute. Everyone's standing around watching. You just feel ridiculous sometimes. I don't like being the center of attention!

    • Alexis: (When asked if she ever thought about going to Yale like her character on "Gilmore Girls") No, the only way I ever would have gotten into Yale was fictionally. The show's exterior shots were all stock footage of the campus. We never did any filming there. But I found it very flattering when Yale invited me to visit. And I got a lot of fan mail from alumni.

    • Alexis: When I was a kid I went to get a hair cut and the ladies were speaking behind me in Spanish. The lady cutting my hair said, 'Oh, I just took a big chunk out of her hair and the other lady said, 'Just tuck it in there, she'll never notice.' I was seven-years-old and my eyes were bugging out of my head. So she didn't get a tip.

    • Alexis: Most people don't realize that I speak Spanish, because I look very...white.

    • Alexis: (About her education career) I did one year at NYU, and I'd love to go back there someday.

    • Alexis: Every day I learn something. Sometimes it's difficult. Especially when I have to do something that I don't normally do. Of course that's just acting.

    • Alexis: Sometimes I feel like I am an old person trapped in a young person's body. I'm boring. I go to movies. I read. That's about it.

    • Alexis: (On getting recognized by fans) It always happens in places where you'd rather not be recognized. Like one time, I was just getting ready to go to bed, but I had this craving for a glass of milk. So I go to the supermarket, and I have like no makeup on, and this couple comes up to me and they're like 'Thursday night!'. They sort of yelled it across the vegetable bin, and I'm like, 'Okay, don't look at me, I look awful. I'm going over here by the celery now.'

    • Alexis: I can't even picture my life without Gilmore Girls.

    • Alexis: Love is not the way it is in the movies, and it's not some idealistic, huge, fantastic thing...It's very real and personal and not what we're taught in society at all.

    • Alexis: Before I got Gilmore Girls, I was modeling. I went in for a call and was told, 'Sweetie, you need to lose two inches off those hips.' I was 14. So I just replied, 'I have more jobs than I can do. I'm in high school. I can't go to all the trouble of losing the two inches, so I'll pass.' Someone might tell you to lose weight, but you can say no.

    • Alexis: A lot of girls ask for advice on how to get into acting, and I'm kind of the worst person to ask, because it just kind of fell in my lap... I was just in the right place at the right time.

    • Alexis: I still see myself as a big dork... I'm really shy and I need to work on my confidence. I'm growing up and I like who I'm turning into, but there's always room to grow.

    • Alexis: Well, I remember it was 5 in the morning. I'm leaving my house to go to the set of Gilmore Girls. I'm really tired and just when I walk outside, a bus slowly goes down the street with my face on the side of it as Rory Gilmore. I thought, 'Ewwww.' It's so early. I just can't stand seeing me.

    • Alexis: (On winning the role of Rory on Gilmore Girls) It was very unexpected. I was nervous and didn't know what I was doing. It just happened to work out.

    • Alexis: (On her relationship with former Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia) It's your stuff, and if you share things that are too personal with a magazine or with your public, it's sort of like it's not really yours anymore, it's shared information and it's not special to you anymore. I don't like that. I think people with personalities who like to talk about what's going on in their lives, they'll talk without really knowing how it's going to come back and bite them, and generally, it does. And luckily, I have the kind of personality where I am extremely private. I don't really like to tell everyone my business. I'd much rather people wonder or not know.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Rory!

    10
    Alexis is so great! Gilmore Girls is and will forever be one of my favorite shows! I as so sad when it ended!
  • Alexis Bledel is perhaps best known as "Rory Gilmore" from the WB/CW hit "Gilmore Girls" which ran from 2000 until 2007. She is also well known as "Lena" from "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and its sequel.moreless

    8.0
    I overall really enjoy Alexis's work. I think she has a easy going acting style, and very very good facial expressions. I think her biggest flaw is perhaps that she seems to always have the same tone, and is looked at as almost forgettable in the world of Hollywood today. I don't think she takes a lot of risks with the roles she accepts, and seems to play really similar characters. Perhaps she has become stereotyped, or perhaps playing a "Rory-like" character feels safe for her..regardless I think Alexis's next move needs to be playing a character no one would expect her to play. She definitely has the skills, all she needs is to take a leap of faith in herself.moreless
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