If you were a fan of Gilmore Girls then you definitely know a thing or two about Alexis Bledel who played the part of Rory Gilmore, the daughter of single mother, Lorelai Gilmore. That role was Bledel’s first ever and she nailed it, opening the door to more small screen roles as well as feature film gigs.
Though Bledel still occasionally takes up roles that require her to act as a teenager, she is far from her Gilmore Girls days and has gone on to bigger things. For starters, 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 with a son. Oh! Time Usain Bolt, got nothing on you.
Alexis Bledel Bio (Age, and Other Background Info)
Yes, we all know her as Alexis Bledel but she was born as Kimberly Alexis Bledel. Upon the start of her acting career, she did what most Holywood actresses today have done by ditching her first name. Kimberly was born on September 16, 1981, in Houston, Texas. But don’t be deceived, she is a Latino by blood. Her dad Martín was born and raised in Argentina while her mother Nanette Bledel who was born in Phoenix, Arizona was from the age of 8 raised in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Consequently, Bledel was raised completely with Latin traditions. “It’s the only culture my mom knows from life, and my father as well, and they made the decision to raise their children within the context they had been raised in, so we speak Spanish in my parents’ house, and my mom cooks amazing Mexican food,” she told Latina Magazine of her roots in 2005.
Bledel’s first language is Spanish. She did not learn to speak English until she began schooling. Alexis Bledel was a shy little girl while growing up. To help overcome her shyness, her parents encouraged her to partake in community theater. This would lead to her discovery of modeling. She was then scouted at a local shopping mall and began traveling the country for modeling gigs. Her first modeling job was for Seventeen Magazine.
Bledel attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she began auditioning for pilots. A year later, she left school after scoring the Gilmore Girls role which would 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 Sin City (2005), Post Grad (2009) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants film series.
Husband (Vincent Kartheiser), Son
Bledel’s romantic life has often involved her costars and the world was not shocked when her relationship with her Mad Men costar Vincent Kartheiser led to their marriage in 2014.
Just in case you’ve been in the dark about Bledel’s romantic life, she dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia for 3 and a half years from 2002 to 2004. The pair considered marriage but their relationship waned after Ventimiglia left the show.
But that wasn’t the only GG co-star Bledel dated. The show’s casting director Mara Casey revealed in an interview with Life & Style in 2016 that Bledel also dated Jared Padalecki and Chris Heiusler. 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 AMC hit show Mad Men (season 5) of which Kartheiser was a star. Bledel played the role of Beth Dawes, Pete Campbell’s (Kartheiser’s character) neighbor. They began dating at the end of the 5th season and made their red carpet debut as a couple in October 2012 at the Macallan Masters of Photography Series launch 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 with only close friends and family in attendance.
Before his Mad Men role, Vincent Kartheiser, who was born on May 5, 1979, in Minneapolis, Minnesota was known for his role as Connor on the WB’s television series Angel. His resume includes films like In Time (2011), Day Out of Days (2015), and The Most Hated Woman in America (2017).
In the fall of 2015, Alexis and Vincent welcomed their first child, a son. However, the media didn’t get to know until Gilmore Girls costar Scott Patterson accidentally revealed it in an interview with Glamour in May 2016. “She’s really blossomed as a woman and now she’s a proud new mother and married and happy” were Patterson’s words. A rep of the couple later confirmed the news.
Though it isn’t known how much Bledel made from her Gilmore Girls role, her co-star Lauren Graham’s $50,000 per episode (per her IMDb page) gives us a bit of clue as to what Bledel could have been taking home.
In the 2016 4-episode Netflix reunion miniseries titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Variety revealed that the stars of the series (Bledel inclusive) would be making $750,00 per episode, that is $3 million for the whole gig. That is a massive leap from when things first started, 1,400% leap to be precise.
That goes a long way to show how Bledel’s earnings have increased over the years. Her net worth is now estimated at $10 million. In May 2016, when news was out about Bledel’s son, it also came to media knowledge that Bledel and Vincent had sold their Brooklyn duplex penthouse for $1.32 million.