Bledel is an American actress, model and singer best known for portraying Rory Gilmore on the award-winning television series Gilmore Girls; an appearance for which she received critical acclaim.
She hails from Houston, Texas with English, Dutch and Latin ancestry and was featured in many fashion magazines before going on to star alongside Milo Ventimiglia on Mad Men.
Early Life and Education
Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born September 16 in Houston, Texas to a Spanish-speaking household and only learned English after enrolling at school. Encouraged by her mother to overcome shyness by joining local productions of Our Town and The Wizard of Oz at community theater groups, she eventually got noticed by talent scouts at malls where they offered work as models.
Martin Bledel and Nanette Dozier had an immense influence on her life and career. Her father hails from Argentina while her Mexican mother served as both gift processor and flight attendant. Additionally, Eric is her elder brother. Eric graduated from Catholic St Agnes Academy while she later attended both Page Parkes Center for Modeling and Acting as well as New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Bledel boasts an extensive body of work, from television series starring to leading roles in critically-acclaimed movies. Her natural talent combined with an approachable yet genuine demeanor has won audiences over.
Bledel was initially shy as a child and her mother encouraged her to participate in community theater productions to help overcome it. She appeared in shows such as Our Town and The Wizard of Oz before being approached by modeling agencies at malls around Los Angeles with offers to work as fashion models.
Bledel modelled in Tokyo, Milan and Los Angeles before marrying Vincent Kartheiser from 2012-2014; their son is named Vincent after them. While she and Vincent seldom attended public events together they kept their personal lives confidential.
Achievement and Honors
Bledel has received many honors and nominations throughout her career, such as Satellite, Teen Choice and Young Artist awards nominations, Primetime Emmy award wins for The Handmaid’s Tale performance as well as nominations from Screen Actors Guild Award.
She is best known for starring in films such as Sin City, Post Graduate and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as multiple television series like Gilmore Girls, Lie to Me and Mad Men.
Bledel spends her free time taking photos and spending time with her family, which includes actor Vincent Kartheiser whom she shares a son with. Additionally, Bledel enjoys reading, writing and traveling; her parents were the primary influences in her life.
Nanette Bledel is the mother of American actress Alexis Bledel, best known for playing Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and also garnering critical acclaim in Disney live action adaptation of Tuck Everlasting as Winnie Foster as well as Lena Kaligaris from both film versions of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchises.
Bledel was greatly shaped by her parents. Martin, from Argentina, integrated his culture into family traditions; Nanette worked as both gift processor and flight attendant adding layers of diversity into the Bledel household.
Bledel is currently married to Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell in Mad Men). They share one son together.
Bledel has made her mark as an actress by performing in movies, television shows and theater productions. Through her annual salary she has amassed an enormous fortune, living a lavish lifestyle. Additionally she devotes significant portions of her earnings towards charity efforts.
Nanette Bledel worked as a gift processor and flight attendant before marrying Martin Bledel; Eric is her younger brother. On her father’s side of her family tree she claims Danish, German, English, Scottish and Argentine descent.
She first gained prominence through her role as Rory Gilmore on the hit television series ‘Gilmore Girls’ and has subsequently appeared in several movies and theater productions. Most notably, since 2017 she has played Emily Malek/Ofglen/Osei in Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale.