If you were a fan of the Gilmore Girls, then you surely know a thing or two about Alexis Bledel, who played the role of Rory Gilmore, the daughter of single mother Lorelai Gilmore. This role was the first one Bledel ever played, and she managed to open the door to more small-screen roles and also to appearances in feature films.
Although Bledel still occasionally takes on roles that she had to play as a teenager, she is still far from her time as Gilmore Girls and has moved on to bigger things. Firstly, she won her first primetime Emmy nomination for her role as Ofglen/Emily in the Hulu drama series The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017. Secondly, she is now married and has a son. Oh! Time Usain Bolt, I have nothing against you.
Alexis Bledel Bio (Age, and Other Background Info)
Yes, we all know her as Alexis Bledel, but she was born Kimberly Alexis Bledel. At the beginning of her acting career, she did what most of today’s Holywood actresses did by dropping her first name. Kimberly was born on September 16, 1981, in Houston, Texas. But don’t be fooled, she’s a Latino by blood. Her father Martín was born and raised in Argentina, while her mother Nanette Bledel, who was born in Phoenix, Arizona, grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico at the age of 8.
Consequently, Bledel was raised entirely in Latin traditions. “It’s the only culture that my mother knows from life, and my father too, and they made the decision to raise their children in the context in which they grew up, so we speak Spanish at my parents’ house, and my mother cooks amazing Mexican food,” she told Latina Magazine in 2005 about her roots.
Bledel’s first language is Spanish. She only learned English when she came to school. Alexis Bledel was a shy little girl when she grew up. To overcome her shyness, her parents encouraged her to participate in community theatre. This would lead to her discovering modeling. She was then tracked down in a local shopping mall and began traveling the country for modeling gigs. Her first modeling job was for Seventeen Magazine.
Bledel attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she started auditioning for pilots. A year later she left school after casting the role of Gilmore Girls, which was to become her professional acting debut. She made her feature film debut in the fantasy romantic drama Tuck Everlasting (2002). Bledel is also known for her appearances in the film series Sin City (2005), Post Grad (2009), and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Husband (Vincent Kartheiser), Son
Bledel’s romantic life was often linked to her co-stars, and the world was not shocked when her relationship with her Mad Men costar Vincent Kartheiser led to her marriage in 2014.
Just in case you were in doubt about Bledel’s love life: From 2002 to 2004, she was with her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia for three and a half years. The couple considered marriage, but their relationship faded after Ventimiglia left the show.
But this was not the only date GG co-star Bledel had. The show’s casting director, Mara Casey, revealed in a 2016 interview with Life & Style that Bledel was also dating Jared Padalecki and Chris Heisler. The latter was a young actor from New York who played a guest role.
Alexis Bledel met her husband Vincent Kartheiser in 2011 on the set of the AMC hit show Mad Men (season 5), in which Kartheiser was a star. Bledel played the role of Beth Dawes, the neighbor of Pete Campbell (Kartheiser’s character). They started their date at the end of season 5 and made their red carpet debut as a couple in October 2012 at the launch of the Macallan Masters of Photography Series in New York City.
A year later, in March 2013, the couple announced their engagement, and in June 2014 they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Ojai, California, attended only by close friends and family.
Prior to his role as Mad Men, Vincent Kartheiser, who was born on May 5, 1979, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was known for his role as Connor in the WB television series Angel. His resume includes films such as In Time (2011), Day Out of Days (2015), and The Most Hated Woman in America (2017).
In fall 2015, Alexis and Vincent welcomed their first child, a son. However, the media did not learn of it until Gilmore Girls costar Scott Patterson accidentally revealed it in May 2016 in an interview with Glamour. “She really blossomed as a woman, and now she’s a proud new mother, married and happy,” said Patterson. A representative of the couple later confirmed the news.
Although it is not known how much Bledel earned from her role as Gilmore Girls, the $50,000 per episode (on her IMDb page) of her co-star Lauren Graham gives us a small clue as to what Bledel may have taken home with her.
In the 4 episode mini-series for the Netflix 2016 reunion, entitled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Variety revealed that the stars of the series (including Bledel) would earn $750.00 per episode or $3 million for the entire show. That’s a huge jump from the beginning, a jump of 1,400% to be exact.
This clearly shows how Bledel’s revenues have increased over the years. Their net worth is now estimated at $10 million. In May 2016, when the news about Bledel’s son came out, the media also learned that Bledel and Vincent had sold their penthouse in a semi-detached house in Brooklyn for $1.32 million.