Since her breakthrough role as Rory Gilmore in the beloved TV series “Gilmore Girls,” Alexis Bledel has captivated audiences with her undeniable talent and on-screen charm. Known for her wit, intelligence, and undeniable chemistry with co-stars, Bledel became a household name as she effortlessly portrayed the ambitious and bookish Rory, winning the hearts of fans worldwide. However, as time passed and the iconic show concluded, many have wondered: What ever happened to Alexis Bledel?
Bledel was born September 16th, 1981, in Houston Texas. She began acting when her mother encouraged her to pursue stage acting to overcome her shyness and she was first discovered when she was scouted in a shopping mall.
Her first acting credit came in 1998 when she was a student in Wes Anderson’s cult classic film Rushmore, though she was uncredited at the time. Not long after that, she landed the role that elevated her to stardom: Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls.
Gilmore Girls is a show about mother and daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore and their lives. Lorelai is a single mother with big dreams of opening her own boutique Inn in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Rory is an intelligent girl who wants more than anything in the world to attend Harvard University. Viewers tuned in every week to watch the quirky duo in their day-to-day lives in this cozy drama.
The show lasted for seven seasons and was a staple of the ABC Network when it was on it. Alexis Bledel starred in all 153 episodes of the show until it ended in 2007. Netflix purchased the rights to the show and in 2016 they released a limited series titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Four additional episodes were added to the series as viewers caught up with Lorelai and Rory ten years after the end of the series.
In 2005 Bledel landed the role of ‘Becky’ in Sin City. Becky is a young prostitute who gets caught up in a dangerous and violent world within the city. Her character appears in the segment titled “The Big Fat Kill,” which is based on the graphic novel series by Frank Miller.
What Did She Do After Gilmore Girls?
After her role as Rory Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls,” Alexis Bledel continued to have a diverse acting career. In 2008, she reprised her role as Lena Kaligaris in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.”
She also appeared in films such as “The Kate Logan Affair” (2010), “The Conspirator” (2010), “Violet & Daisy” (2011), and “The Brass Teapot” (2012).
Bledel had a recurring role as Beth Dawes in the TV series “Mad Men” in 2012. She starred in the TV movie “Remember Sunday” (2013) and the film “Parts Per Billion” (2014). Bledel also appeared in TV series like “Us & Them” (2014-2015) and “Motive” (2015).
What Is Alexis Bledel Doing Now?
Alexis Bledel’s most recent role was in Hulu’s The Handmaids Tale as Dr. Emily Malek.
Based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling dystopian novel, the series follows the journey of several handmaids – or women who are forced to marry the ruling elite of Gilead and bear children for them. Dr. Emily Malek is the shopping partner of June Osborne (lead role played by Elizabeth Moss), she was a cellular biologist before the civil war that led to the downfall of society and a key component in a rebellion growing.
Bledel has been in twenty episodes of the show from season one-four. But before season five began filming she informed the showrunners that she would not be returning to the show, so they were forced to write her character out. Not much is known about why she left, but the showrunners have explained that they are very understanding of her reasons given what they know.
Other than The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3 Bledel doesn’t have any other projects listed in development at the moment.
Bledel met Vincent Kartheiser on the set of Mad Men when she guest-starred in three episodes in 2012. The pair hit it off and married not long after in 2014. They have one son together who was born in 2015. The couple separated in 2022 and just a week after their separation Kartheiser filed for divorce which was granted not long after.
Both Bledel and Kartheiser have been vocal about their desire to keep their personal lives private, so not much is known about why they divorced. The pair have previously shared that they have thrived in long-distance settings throughout their relationship, and many fans online speculate the divorce might have been related to COVID-19 pandemic proximity issues. But nothing is known for certain.