STAGE TO SCREENS: Former "Gilmore Girl" Alexis Bledel Arrives Off-Broadway in Regrets

By Melissa Rose Bernardo
27 Mar 2012

Bledel with Brian Hutchison in Regrets.
Photo by Carol Rosegg

How is working with Adriane Lenox? You two are the only women hanging around the ranch.
AB: She's incredible. We don't have a lot of scenes together, but the scenes we do are fairly charged moments. I try to learn as much as I can from her. She's really easygoing and so fun and then we start the work she gets into this laser-focused mode.

Then Richard Topol — you had one scene with him on "Gilmore Girls."
AB: He was talking about it the first day of rehearsal. He played the doctor who helped me [Laughs] — helped Rory — after a car accident. It was really cool to have a familiar face in the cast. He's been doing plays for a long time. He's kind of like the dad of the group.

What was it like having the playwright in rehearsals? Was he doing a lot of rewriting along the way?
AB: It's been incredible to be a part of that process. Working on a new play, you're basically interested in discovering who the character is, and Matt really let us have input based on what our instincts were. He was rewriting as we went. A lot has changed. At this point I don't even remember the first act! I think we've really found the version that everyone's happy with.… I say "incredible" a lot. But it's been an incredible experience.

How did you find Regrets? Had you been looking to do another play after Love, Loss, and What I Wore?
AB: Absolutely. I'd been auditioning for a while, for about a year since Love, Loss. I've gone into MTC a couple times.

Bledel on "Gilmore Girls."

Love, Loss must have been a great show to be a part of. The audiences were so into it.
AB: The audiences were so welcoming. They love the show so much and they come back so many times. They really had this built-in warm feeling. It was nerve-wracking, but it was an incredible way to start stage work. Because while it is a performance, it is a reading, essentially. You're sitting — there's definitely a comfort zone in that. It was a very valuable experience. And fun! I mean, the groups of women they assemble — I loved my group.

You were with Nikki Blonsky, Anita Gillette, Judy Gold and Pauletta Washington. Did Judy Gold just crack you guys up the whole time?
AB: Yes! She would definitely change it up very night and surprise us, and we'd try to keep up with her.

So what's next for you?
I did a film called "Violet & Daisy." I'm not sure when people will be able to see that, but that was the last one I did. I'm just focused on the play.

Off screen, you've managed to keep a pretty low profile, celebrity-wise. I don't think I've ever seen you in the tabloids or the gossip pages. The most controversial headline I could find about you was "Alexis Bledel's Mortal Enemy Is the Lat Machine at the Gym."
AB: I think I was on a fitness kick at the time. [Laughs.] I don't even like to do too much press anymore. You really want to communicate in a way that feels genuine. I don't have any desire to just publicize myself. I've definitely always wanted [to keep a low profile]. I just always wanted to walk around the city and meet up with friends and not be harassed. Shows — they really stay with people. I still have people come up to me about "Gilmore Girls." It's surprising sometimes, because it's been a while. But it's really nice that people still remember it and love it.