Date of birth: September 16, 1981
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Astral sign: Virgo
Height: 1.66 m
Alexis Bledel (born September 16, 1981) is an American actress and fashion model. She is known for her roles as Rory Gilmore in the television series Gilmore Girls and Lena Kaligaris in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
Bledel was born Kimberly Alexis Bledel in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Nanette (née Dozier), is Mexican, and her father, Martin Bledel, is an Argentine of Danish descent. She has a younger brother. Her first language is Spanish, and she did not learn English until she began school. Bledel's mother encouraged her to try community theater when she was a child to overcome her shyness. She attended Catholic St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Bledel also attended Baptist and Lutheran school.
As a child, Bledel appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz. She was scouted at a local shopping mall and given work as a fashion model. She went to Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting and attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for one year.
She dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia for three and a half years, beginning around December 2002, before separating sometime before July 2006.
In an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on May 25, 2007 she revealed that she plays soccer recreationally, on a team called "The Hustlers".
- 2002: Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Supporting Young Actress for Gilmore Girls.
- 2003: Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Tuck Everlasting.
- 2004: Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actress: Comedy for Gilmore Girls.
- 2006: NCLR ALMA Award.
- 2001: Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Leading Young Actress. Gilmore Girls.
- 2002: Family Television Award for Actress for Gilmore Girls.
- 2005: Teen Choice Award for Choice It Girl.
- 2005: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Comedy for Gilmore Girls.
- 2006: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Comedy for Gilmore Girls.
- In 2002, Bledel was voted one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25".
- She was ranked #87 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005.
- In 2010, Bledel was named one of Us Magazine's "25 Most Stylish New Yorkers".