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alexis bledel

How would it feel to spend your college years on a television show? Ask Alexis Bledel. Originally enrolled in film school, Alexis dropped everything to play Rory on what quickly became a hit series -- The Gilmore Girls. Get to know this Gilmore Girl...

Lindzi.com: What were your high school years like?

Alexis Bledel: I was the girl who was never there. I started working as a model when I was fourteen. I was gone a lot from school, [but when I was around] I liked art classes and photography. I had a lot of make up work. I'd go to school on Saturday's for six hours to make it up. The high school was really competitive.

Lindzi.com: What sort of "group" were you in?

Alexis Bledel: I had my best friends. We weren't really into the group thing. I was friends with them from school and other schools in the area.

Lindzi.com: What did your friends think of your constant traveling?

Alexis Bledel: They didn't make a big deal out of it. They were like, "Oh, that's weird."

Lindzi.com: What'd you guys like to do together?

Alexis Bledel: We'd do typical stuff together. We'd go to the movies and food. It was pretty laid back.

Lindzi.com: What was it like always traveling?

Alexis Bledel: It wasn't really tough. It was a great balance for me. Whatever high school didn't give me, the modeling gave me. I was constantly traveling and meeting different people. A lot of them were older than me, but I related to them and it was good to learn from them. Going back and forth was a nice balance for me.

Lindzi.com: Is it true you were an NYU college student before landing Gilmore Girls?

Alexis Bledel: I went to the film program for a year. It was the only major  I could see myself studying for four years. I was cast in Gilmore Girls during my second semester. I left for Canada, for a couple weeks, to shoot the pilot for Gilmore Girls. I came back to finish up my semester and, then, went off to L.A. to shoot the series.

Lindzi.com: Do you feel like you missed out at all?

Alexis Bledel: What you miss out on is the social experience of college -- like going to parties and stuff. I got to do that for a year. NYU is also a different school because it doesn't have a traditional campus. It's in the middle of the village in New York. They house you and feed you, but -- aside from that -- you're on your own.

Lindzi.com: How does film school compare with actually working on a film?

Alexis Bledel: There's only so much schools can teach you about this business. A lot of it you have to learn on your own through trial and error. I've learned so much in the three years I've been away from school. There's a lot of politics that go on on a set that they can't tell you about because they don't have time and it's complicated.

Lindzi.com: What's something you learned that surprised you?

Alexis Bledel: The hours surprise me. It's an amazing amount of hours we spend here. There are a lot of technicalities to being an actor that you never realize.

Lindzi.com: How close are you and, your co-star, Lauren Graham?

Alexis Bledel: We work together several hours a day. We don't hang out after work because we'd literally be together twenty-four hours a day. We balance each other out because have different personalities. When she's tired, I try to pick things up. She does the same for me.

Lindzi.com: What advice has Lauren given you?

Alexis Bledel: She's always been respectful of me and my own processes. She lets me do things my way and learn.

Lindzi.com: What's your life philosophy?

Alexis Bledel: Don't take things so seriously. It's easier to let things happen. You live life longer I'm sure.

Lindzi.com: What makes you happy?

Alexis Bledel: Little things. Time off. Getting to see my family. Stuff like that.

Lindzi.com: What are your goals for the future? Any interest in producing?

Alexis Bledel: I'd like to. I have a few things floating around that I'd like to put together. As I get closer, I'll talk about it more.

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