Alexis Kimberley Bledel, an American model and actress, was born on September 16th, 1981 in Houston, Texas, USA. Martin Bledel and Nanette Bledel, both Argentinians, gave birth to her. Alexis has the same parents as her actor brother, Eric David Bledel.
Early Years & Career
Alexis grew up in a Spanish-speaking environment and did not begin learning English until she began school; she identifies as Latina. She attended Baptist and Lutheran schools before attending Houston’s Catholic St. Agnes Academy and graduating in 1999. In order to overcome her shyness, her mother pushed her to participate in community theatre. As a child, she appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz. She was noticed and hired as a fashion model at a neighbouring shopping centre.
She made her television debut in 2000, co-starring with Lauren Graham in The WB comedy-drama Gilmore Girls, which ran for seven seasons from October 5, 2000 to May 15, 2007. She played Lorelai Gilmore’s (Graham) single mother, Rory Gilmore. Rory began as a high school student at an exclusive private academy in a tiny town in Connecticut, living with her mother, but then transferred to Yale University, where she worked as the editor of the Yale Daily News, among other things. Alexis made her feature film debut in Tuck Everlasting (2002), a fantasy love drama based on Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 novel of the same name.
Alexis has previously appeared as an uncredited extra in Rushmore, a 1998 comedy-drama. She co-starred with Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, a 2005 drama based on Ann Brashares’ novel of the same name. She played Lena Kaligaris, an aspiring artist who started on a summer adventure with her three best friends owing to a pair of “magical” pants. In 2005, Alexis appeared as Becky, a prostitute, in the anthology neo-noir criminal thriller Sin City. In 2006, Alexis played the fiancée of Jay Baruchel’s title character in the romantic comedy I’m Reed Fish. Following the end of Gilmore Girls, she reprised her role as Lena Kaligaris in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2, which was released in August 2008. On August 21, 2009, Alexis starred in the comedy Post Grad, which was released.
Alexis has appeared on the covers of Teen Vogue, Glamour, CosmoGirl, Vanity Fair, Lucky, Elle Girl, Parade, Nylon, and Seventeen. In the year 2000, she appeared in print commercials for Bonne Bell lip balm and Naturistics lip gloss. She has been named one of the world’s most beautiful women on numerous occasions. In 2002, she was named one of the “25 Hottest Stars Under 25” by Teen People. Alexis came in at number 87 on Maxim’s “Hot 100 of 2005” list. In 2010, Alexis was named one of Us Weekly’s “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers.” Alexis also appears in Less Than Jake’s song “She Gonna Break Soon” in 2003.
What We Know About Bledel’s Parents
Martin Bledel, an Argentine, and Nanatte Bledel were Alexis’s parents. Nanette, her mother, was a flight attendant and a gift processor. Her paternal grandpa, Enrique Einar Bledel Huus, was born in Buenos Aires and was of Danish and German ancestry; Enrique was Vice President of Coca-Cola Latin America and the Coca-Cola Inter-American Corporation. Alexis’ paternal grandmother, Jean, was born in New York and descended from Scottish, Irish, and English forebears. Alexis’ mother, Nanette, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and relocated to Mexico City at the age of eight.
Facts about Martin Bledel, Alexis Bledel’s Father
- Martin was born on July 29, 1949, and died at the age of 72 on July 29, 2021. He was born and raised in Argentina before relocating to Houston, Texas.
- Martin Bledel’s wife is Nanette Bledel.
- Martin Bledel’s son-in-law is Vincent Kartheiser.
- Vincent Kartheiser is Alexis Bledel’s husband.
- Martin married Nanette, the mother of his two children, Alexis Bledel and Eric David Bledel.
Alexis Bledel’s Private Life
Alexis was in a relationship with former Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia from December 2002 to June 2006. Alexis began dating Vincent Kartheiser, whose character, Pete Campbell, shared scenes with her character, Beth Dawes, during her Mad Men guest-starring run. The pair announced their engagement in March 2013 and married in California in June 2014. Alexis gave birth to their first child, a son, in the autumn of 2015, it was disclosed in May 2016. On August 10, 2022, Kartheiser filed for divorce from Alexis, and the divorce was finalised on August 26.