Alexis Bledel

BATD ON May 19, 2009 AT 3:30 pm

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Her real name is Kimberly. Her middle name is Alexis, and she sometimes goes by the nickname of Lexi. But you know her best from her debut as Rory on the instant hit series Gilmore Girls (2000). Alexis Bledel was born in Houston, Texas, to parents of Mexican heritage. Her first language is Spanish; she didn’t learn English until beginning school at age 8. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-star America Ferrera was reportedly shocked when Bledel began speaking fluent Spanish during a magazine interview. Alexis’s mother encouraged her to try for community theatre as a child to overcome her shyness. And overcome she did, starring in local productions like Our Town and Wizard of Oz before being scouted at a local mall. From there, Bledel went to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting, majoring in film at New York University’s School of the Arts. Earlier, you saw her as an extra in a handful of scenes in the film Rushmore. But Alexis really hit it off with Gilmore Girls. Portrayed as an aspiring Yale student, Rory’s witty one-liners between her and young mother Lorelai Gilmore made them America’s new favourite single family. Alexis has also said that she relates to Rory’s character in many ways, and sees the family structure as realistic and “just fun”. Five years later, Alexis made the major shift from shy TV characters to starring in films. One of her first, Sin City, opens her role as a young prostitute Becky. The flick is shot almost entirely in black and white, but some objects retained their colour. In Becky’s case, it was her striking blue eyes. Director Robert Rodriguez noted that Alexis’s eyes were “so amazing I had to keep them blue.”

Sin City star Alexis Bledel

Sin City star Alexis Bledel

Summer 2007 found Alexis filming The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, based on the popular book series of the same name. She’s recently been cast in a new film, The Letters, which is slated for release in late 2009. Bledel is also set to star opposite Scott Porter in The Good Guy, also this year.

In her free time, she’s not your average starlet. Bledel spends her time reading, hiking, and dabbling in photography. This natural blonde also works with First Book, a non-profit book organisation. And, like Rory, Alexis is most definitely single. She dated Gilmore Girls costar Milo Ventimiglia for nearly four years before calling it quits.

Her life is so simplistic, she almost seems to take on a different persona with every passing role. Keep them coming, Alexis. We’ll never tire of her quick wit or vivacious personality. And we’re betting that one look into those eyes will have future co-stars swooning.

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