Move Over, Rory: Alexis Bledel Says 'Gilmore Girls' Was 'Training Ground' for 'The Handmaid's Tale'
The Hulu series, based on Margaret Atwood's profound dystopian novel, has a special place in Bledel's heart.
The Handmaid's Tale debuted on Hulu on Wednesday, April 26, breathing new life into both Margaret Atwood's brilliant work as well as, it seems, Alexis Bledel. In a recent interview with Bustle, the Gilmore Girls actress opened up about her role as Ofglen, hailing it the most "personal" part she'd taken on in her career.
In The Handmaid's Tale, Ofglen is one of many women forced to act as concubines to their male counterparts after an oppressive political regime takes control, otherwise known as a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. The word "slaves" is apt in the context of the series, as women have absolutely no rights, and thus no control over anything in their lives — let alone their own bodies.
As such, despite the story taking place some time in the future, women are dressed in heavy Colonial garb (not the fun kind), and taught to keep in line and with their heads down, wholly and powerfully subverted.
"It was imperative to do this storyline justice," the mother of one told Bustle. "Gilmore Girls was a great training ground for me for this. And now this certainly raises the bar in terms of what I look for in a character. I hope I get to play similarly complex characters moving forward. It's fulfilling."
Gilmore Girls fans may balk at Bledel's frank opinion, but hey, the lady's just keeping it real.
Bledel went on to share her hopes for the series in a time when women's rights are challenged, if not stripped, on the daily.
"I hope [viewers] find it thought provoking," she said. "If it's a conversation starter and those conversations are interesting and lead to productive, positive things in people's lives, then that's wonderful."
Unfamiliar with the subject matter and wondering about the bizarro names? The women in this world are quite literally named based on the men who own them. Ofglen is "of Glen." Elisabeth Moss' character Offred is "of Fred." Nauseous yet?
Stream The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu any time, and head to Bustle for more of this interview.