ALEXIS BLEDEL LOVES THE COMPLEXITY OF HER CHARACTER IN THE HANDMAID’S TALE

By New You Editorial
Posted On Apr 28, 2017
ALEXIS BLEDEL LOVES THE COMPLEXITY OF HER CHARACTER IN THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Alexis Bledel, who plays the role of Ofglen, in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale, loved the script. “I was excited about the complexity of the role so I decided to take it on,” she said. NEW YOU caught up with the Gilmore Girls actress at the premiere of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale in Los Angeles last night. Bledel had not read the book until she was cast but loved everything about it after she was cast. “I used music to get into character, trying to keep her in my mind throughout the day while shooting,” she added. Asked what she thought the outcome would be, Bledel referenced the chat she had with the author on set. “Margaret believes in a hopeful outcome at the end of the series,” she said. Debuting on April 26 on Hulu’s streaming channel, the series is receiving a lot of attention in the media – some say as a “political warning.” In this 32 year old story, Margaret Atwood describes a future U.S. governed by a totalitarian theocracy where women have literally no rights.  The women, who are kept for reproductive purposes, are known as “handmaids” by the ruling class. In an era of declining births due to sterility, pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, these “handmaids” are “acquired” by the Commander of a house to bear children for their barren wife. Bledel’s character Ofglen is a “handmaid”.