Alexis Bledel left TV after Gilmore Girls to forge a new career on the big screen with the hit Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films.
Now she's found herself caught between two hunks in The Good Guy. Parade.com's Jeanne Wolf discovered Bledel's own take on finding that elusive man of her dreams.
Love isn't always a many splendored thing.
"The Good Guy does start out with my character having this kind of ideal fantasy of romance that I think we're encouraged to have in movies -- you know, those sweeping generalizations about the power of love and how fantastic it can be. But she gets a wake-up call that kind of brings that down to Earth. Being in love is such a complex thing because when a girl falls for a guy she wants to be swept away and doesn't want to have to think about all the realistic possibilities. But you have to walk the line and be ready to make mistakes in relationships."
She's made some herself.
"Sure I have. I think everybody is disappointed sometimes. I think everyone has a different perspective, a different point of view in terms of what they're looking for. I try to just be in tune with what is right for me. Sometimes you're right about a guy, and sometimes you're wrong. It's like Vegas kind of. But that's real life."
And so is her safe-sex love scene.
"We almost never see people dealing with a condom in a romantic moment, even though it's a reality. I wonder why that is. I liked that scene because it sets a realistic tone. It's not about embarrassment, but like the awkwardness that happens, especially if you're with a guy for the first time. Actually, there are a lot of little moments in The Good Guy that felt sort of more realistic than your average romantic story."
Not letting fans guide her career.
"I don't read a lot of fan mail because some of it is a little strange. That was especially true when I was doing Gilmore Girls. I'm conscious of what people's expectations are, what a fan would like or dislike. But I think filmmakers worry about that a lot more than actors do. You need to be attracted to a role or the chance to work with a director or a script and not what the audience is going to think. At least that's the way I approach it."
The best part of making movies.
"There's something really interesting about developing a character over time when you're doing a film. When you're doing a TV series like Gilmore Girls, it always seems to be a surprise. You get the scripts right before you start shooting the next day. You never know what's coming next. I really, like, kind of having the whole story mapped out in a movie, being able to kind of know what I'm going to do with each scene and where my character is going to end up. But on the other hand, there's something nice about surprises, too."
The shy kid who became a star.
"It might seem surprising but I was a pretty bashful kid. A lot of actors are shy, as it turns out. I think acting is an outlet for people to express themselves in a way they probably don't in their real lives. I did some community theater when I was younger and I thought it was utterly terrifying just to go out on the stage. But, then, once you get over that absolute fear, it's kind of exhilarating."
Why you don't see her on TMZ.
"I don't have a secret. I can think of a lot of young actors that don't end up in the tabloids very often, if at all. I think it just depends on how much attention you want and how much you let that influence your lifestyle."
She'd rather party in the Big Apple.
"I go out more in New York than I do in L.A. because there seems to be more to do there for me. The toughest part of L.A. used to be driving because I was not a good driver, in fact, I was terrible. But I've calmed down a bit. I decided to be better."