Bledel is 18 years old and is originally from Houston, Texas. At
the age of 8, encouraged by her parents, Alexis was involved in some
community theater in Houston and performed in productions of Our
Town, The Wizard of Oz and Aladdin. Alexis attended St
Mark's Lutheran Middle School.
Later she was scouted (by Michael Flutie of Company Management) in a local mall to model . She started a serious modeling career while in high school and, among other jobs, had overseas assignments in Tokyo and Milan.
After graduating from high school (a private high school in Houston) Alexis enrolled at NYU, where she just completed her first year as a film major. Through her print modeling agency Alexis met her current manager who began sending her on auditions in New York while she simultaneously worked with an acting coach to improve her acting skills and continued modeling in New York.
Alexis' big break came when she auditioned in New York for the T.V show The Gilmore Girls and her audition tape was sent to L.A. According to her manager "The producers fell in love with her, and flew her to LA to screen test. They pretty much gave her the job on the spot." Alexis had never done any T.V acting prior to her role in Gilmore Girls however she has done a public service announcement about underage drinking.
The pilot for Gilmore Girls was filmed in Toronto and the first episode of the series aired for the first time on October 5th 2000.
When she's not
working, Alexis enjoys writing, reading, photography, going to the movies and
spending time with her family. (Alexis has a younger brother). Like Rory in the
Gilmore Girls, Alexis has said that she is also bad at sports In recent
interviews Alexis said that her favorite bands are Incubus and Radio Head. Her
favorite book is Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and her favorite shows on t.v are
Ed & That 70's Show.
Alexis is a
graduate of the Page Parkes Center of modeling and acting
Although she is not currently modeling while she pursues her acting career, Alexis has done modeling work for the Why Not Model Agency and Page.305 Models Agency in Miami Beach, FL as well as through Company Management.