Kimberly Alexis Bledel (born September 16, 1981) is an American actress, model and producer. She is known for her role as Rory Gilmore in The WB/The CW comedy-drama Gilmore Girls. She has since starred in films including Tuck EverlastingSin CityThe Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2and Post Grad. Popular among teenagers and young adults, she has posed on the cover of numerous mainstream magazines, including WWDPeopleTeen People,Teen VogueTeenTV GuideSeventeenElle GirlNylonVanity FairLatina, and Entertainment Weekly.


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Early life[edit]Edit

Bledel was born in Houston, Texas to Nanette (née Dozier), who worked as a gift processor and flight attendant, and Martin Bledel.[1][2] She has a younger brother, Eric.[3]Her father was born and raised in Argentina.[4][5] Her paternal grandfather, Enrique Einar Bledel Huus, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was of Danish and distant German descent; Enrique was Vice President of Coca-Cola Latin America and the Coca-Cola Inter-American Corporation. Bledel's paternal grandmother, Jean (née Campbell), was originally from New York, and had Scottish and English ancestry.[6][7][8] Bledel's mother, Nanette was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, at the age of eight; Nanette was raised there, and in Mexico City.[9][10] Of her parents' upbringing in Latin America, Bledel has stated "It's the only culture my mom knows from life, and my father as well, and they made the decision to raise their children within the context they had been raised in".[2][9] Bledel grew up in a Spanish-speaking household, and did not learn English until she began school; she considers herself Latina.[2][11]

Bledel attended Catholic St. Agnes Academy in Houston, as well as Baptist and Lutheran schools.[12] Her mother encouraged her to try community theater to overcome her shyness.[13] As a child, Bledel appeared in local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz.[14] 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 New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for one year.[15]


Bledel made her television debut opposite Lauren Graham in The WB comedy-drama Gilmore Girls, which ran for seven seasons from October 5, 2000 to May 15, 2007. She portrayed Rory Gilmore, the daughter of a single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Graham). Initially, Rory was a high school student at an exclusive private academy, living with her mother in a small town in Connecticut, but later moved on to college at Yale University, where she, among other things, worked as the editor of the Yale Daily News. Bledel made her feature film debut opposite Jonathan Jackson in Tuck Everlasting, based on the novel of the same name by Natalie Babbitt released in 2002, though she had worked as an uncredited extra in the 1998 film Rushmore.[16] In 2005, she co-starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, opposite Amber TamblynAmerica Ferreraand Blake Lively and based on Ann Brasharesnovel of the same name. She played Lena Kaligaris, an aspiring artist on a journey with her three best friends, linked over the summer by a pair of "magical" jeans.

[1][2]Bledel in June 2008

In 2005, Bledel starred in the movie Sin City where she portrayed Becky, a prostitute. "She's a very professional prostitute. She carries a gun and she kicks ass," said Bledel of her character.[17] In 2006, Bledel co-starred in I'm Reed Fish, in the role of Reed Fish's fiance. After the end of Gilmore Girls, she reprised her role of Lena Kaligaris in the sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, released in August 2008. The following year, Bledel starred in the comedy Post Grad, which was released on August 21, 2009.

Bledel co-starred opposite Scott Porter and Bryan Greenberg in the film The Good Guy, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival April 26, 2009. The film centered around Porter's character Tommy, a Wall Street investment broker whose life falls apart when he helps out Greenberg's character Daniel, a new broker. Bledel played Beth, Tommy's girlfriend. In April 2009, Bledel guest-starred in the NBC medical drama ER in the two-hour series finale titled "And in the End...", playing Dr. Julia Wise, a new intern to the hospital.[18] In May 2009, Bledel signed a contract with the modeling division of IMG.[15]

Bledel co-starred opposite James McAvoy and Robin Wright in the historical drama The Conspirator directed by Robert Redford. She plays the girlfriend of McAvoy's character Frederick Aiken, the lawyer who defended Mary Surratt, the first woman to be hanged in the United States, played by Wright. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States on April 15, 2011.[19] Also in 2010, Bledel completed work, starring in the leading role in the independent Canadian film The Kate Logan Affair. The film was presented at Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010.[20][21]

Bledel performed in a theatre production by the Manhattan Theatre Club titled Regrets, staged at the New York City Center.[22] It was confirmed in early-March 2013 that Bledel will co-star opposite Jason Ritter in the FOX upcoming pilot Friends & Family, an adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey playing Stacey with Ritter playing Gavin .[23]The pilot has been picked up for a series and was retitled Us & Them.[24]

Bledel appeared in the music video for "She's Gonna Break Soon" by Less Than Jake.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Bledel dated her Gilmore Girls co-star Milo Ventimiglia from December 2002 to July 2006.[25]

In mid-2012, Bledel began dating her Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser.[26] Bledel and Kartheiser announced their engagement in March 2013.[27]

In 2012, Bledel supported the re-election of Barack Obama and urged her fans to vote.[28][29]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Rushmore Student Uncredited
2002 Tuck Everlasting Winnie Foster Jackson
2004 ¿Cuanto cuesta la admisión? Monique Short film
2004 DysEnchanted Goldilocks Short film
2004 Bride and Prejudice Georgina "Georgie" Darcy
2005 Sin City Becky
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Lena Kaligaris
2006 I'm Reed Fish Kate
2006 Zoom Ace Uncredited
2006 Life Is Short Charlotte Short film; also producer
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Lena Kaligaris
2009 The Good Guy Beth Vest
2009 Post Grad Ryden Malby
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Lady Jaye Video short
2010 The Conspirator Sarah Weston Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival
2010 The Kate Logan Affair Kate Logan Premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
2010 Girl Walks into a Bar[30] Kim Premiered on Youtube March 11, 2011[31]
2011 Violet & Daisy[32] Violet
2012 The Brass Teapot Payton
2014 Parts per Billion Sarah June 5 release date
2014 Jenny's Wedding Kitty Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
2000–07 Gilmore Girls Rory Gilmore Lead role (154 episodes)
2009 ER Dr. Julia Wise Episode: "And in the End..."
2012 Mad Men Beth Dawes Recurring role (3 episodes)
2013 Remember Sunday Molly Branford Hallmark Hall of Fame


2014 Us & Them Stacey Lead role; in post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Love, Loss, and What I Wore January 12 – February 13, 2011
2012 Regrets Chrissie Myers March 27 – April 29, 2012

Awards and other recognitions[edit]Edit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress Gilmore Girls Won
2001 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Actress Gilmore Girls Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Drama Actress Gilmore Girls Nominated
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actress Gilmore Girls Nominated
2002 Family Television Awards Best Actress Gilmore Girls Won
2003 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Tuck Everlasting Nominated
2003 Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Gilmore Girls Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Comedy Actress Gilmore Girls Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Comedy Actress Gilmore Girls Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry Gilmore Girls Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Love Scene The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Movie – Choice Drama Actress The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards TV – Choice Comedy Actress Gilmore Girls Won
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry Gilmore Girls Nominated
2006 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Series Gilmore Girls Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Sin City Nominated

Other recognitions[edit]Edit

  • 2002: Voted one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25"
  • 2005: Ranked #87 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women[33]
  • 2010: Named one of Us Magazine's "25 Most Stylish New Yorkers"[34]
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