Who is Kimberly Alexis Bledel?

Who is Kimberly Alexis Bledel? The entertainment and acting world knows Alexis Bledel as an American actress and fashion model. She is known for her roles as Rory Gilmore in the television series Gilmore Girls and Lena Kaligaris in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

Early life

Bledel was born September 16, 1981 in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Nanette (née Dozier), is Mexican, and her father, Martin Bledel, is an Argentine of Danish descent.[1][2][3] She has a younger brother. Her first language is Spanish, and she did not learn English until she began school.[4] Bledel's mother encouraged her to try community theater when she was a child to overcome her shyness.[5] She attended Catholic St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Bledel also attended Baptist and Lutheran school.[6]
As a child, Bledel appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz. 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 NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for one year.[7]


Bledel made her TV debut on The WB series Gilmore Girls in 2000. She portrayed Rory Gilmore, the daughter of single mother Lorelai Gilmore. Initially, Rory was a high school student living with her mother, but later moved on to college at Yale University, where she, among other things, worked as the editor of the Yale Daily News. She made her film debut in Tuck Everlasting, released in 2002, though she had worked as an extra in the 1998 film Rushmore.[8]
She appeared as the main character in the music video for Less Than Jake's "She's Gonna Break Soon", lead single from their 2003 album Anthem. In 2005, she starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants based on the book by Ann Brashares. She played Lena Kaligaris, an artist on a journey with her three best friends, linked over the summer by a pair of "magical" jeans.
In 2005, Bledel portrayed Becky, a prostitute, in the movie Sin City. "She's a very professional prostitute. She carries a gun and she kicks ass," said Bledel of Becky.[9]
In 2006, Bledel starred in I'm Reed Fish as Reed Fish's fiance. Bledel reprised her role of Lena Kaligaris from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in the film's sequel, released in August 2008. Bledel next starred in Post Grad, which opened on August 21, 2009, alongside Jane Lynch, Michael Keaton, and Carol Burnett.
In 2009, Bledel starred opposite Scott Porter in the film The Good Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival April 26, 2009. In this, Porter plays a Wall Street businessman whose life begins to fall apart when he helps out a new salesman. Bledel played Beth, Porter's girlfriend. She was also a guest star on the two-hour series finale of ER, playing new intern Dr. Julia Wise.[10]
In May 2009, Bledel returned to the modeling world, signing a contract with the modeling division of IMG.[7]
In 2010, Bledel appeared in the historical drama The Conspirator directed by Robert Redford. She plays the wife of Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), the lawyer who defended Mary Surratt, the first woman to be hanged in the United States, played by Robin Wright. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is expected to hit theaters in spring 2011.[11]
Also in 2010, Bledel completed work as the lead actress in the independent Canadian film The Kate Logan Affair. The film was presented at Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010.[12][13]

Future work

She has recently been cast in a new movie entitled The Letters, which is anticipated to be released in 2011. The Letters is a drama / thriller film by director Todd Fjelsted and is currently in pre-production.[citation needed]
It has also been announced that Bledel will be joining the cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a hit Off Broadway show written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron. She is scheduled to perform in early 2011.[14]

Personal life

She dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia for three and a half years, beginning around December 2002, before separating sometime before July 2006.[15]b
In an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on May 25, 2007 she revealed that she plays soccer recreationally, on a team called "The Hustlers".[16] 


1998RushmoreStudentUncredited extra
2002Tuck EverlastingWinifred Foster
2004Bride and PrejudiceGeorgie Darcy
DysEnchantedGoldilocksShort Film
2005The Orphan KingDylan
Sin CityBecky
The Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsLena Kaligaris
2006I'm Reed FishKate Peterson
Life is ShortCharlotteShort Film
2008The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Lena Kaligaris
2009The Good GuyBeth Vest
Post GradRyden Malby
The Ballad of G.I JoeLady JayeShort Film
2010The ConspiratorSarah WestonPremiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Girl Walks Into a BarExotic dancerMajor Motion Picture Created Specifically for Web Distribution [17]
The Kate Logan AffairKate LoganScheduled for the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010
2011Violet & DaisyVioletin development [18]
Sleepaway Camp ReunionBeckyin-production
The LettersJanet Treadwayin development
2000Gilmore GirlsRory Gilmore2000-2007 (153 episodes)
2009ERJulia WiseEpisode: "And in the End..."

Awards and other recognitions



  • 2001: Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Leading Young Actress. Gilmore Girls.
  • 2002: Family Television Award for Actress for Gilmore Girls.
  • 2005: Teen Choice Award for Choice It Girl.
  • 2005: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Comedy for Gilmore Girls.
  • 2006: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Comedy for Gilmore Girls.

Other recognitions

  • In 2002, Bledel was voted one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25".
  • She was ranked #87 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005.[19]
  • In 2010, Bledel was named one of Us Magazine's "25 Most Stylish New Yorkers".[20]

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