Alexis BledelBest known for playing a fast-talking, wise-beyond-her-years teen on 'Gilmore Girls' (and for those cute 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' flicks), Alexis Bledel graduates from TV idol to big-screen leading lady with her latest movie. In 'Post Grad' (in theaters now), Bledel tackles the role of a girl whose post-collegiate plan to become a high-powered advertising exec collapses, forcing her to move back in with her parents and hilarious wig-wearing grandma (Carol Burnett) -- and she shows she can carry a movie in the process.

In an exclusive interview, the almost-28-year-old Bledel -- who in real life talks just as fast and intelligently as her 'Gilmore' alter-ego Rory -- excitedly rattles off anecdotes about shopping for coffins with Burnett, keeping in touch with her TV mom Lauren Graham and aching to play a role in her native tongue (which, by the way, is not English).

5 Questions With the 'Post Grad' Star


Alexis BledelBest known for playing a fast-talking, wise-beyond-her-years teen on 'Gilmore Girls' (and for those cute 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' flicks), Alexis Bledel graduates from TV idol to big-screen leading lady with her latest movie. In 'Post Grad' (in theaters now), Bledel tackles the role of a girl whose post-collegiate plan to become a high-powered advertising exec collapses, forcing her to move back in with her parents and hilarious wig-wearing grandma (Carol Burnett) -- and she shows she can carry a movie in the process.

In an exclusive interview, the almost-28-year-old Bledel -- who in real life talks just as fast and intelligently as her 'Gilmore' alter-ego Rory -- excitedly rattles off anecdotes about shopping for coffins with Burnett, keeping in touch with her TV mom Lauren Graham and aching to play a role in her native tongue (which, by the way, is not English).

1. In 'Post Grad' you play a girl who's forced to move home and find herself when her post-collegiate plans fall apart. Was that something you could relate to, or have things pretty much always worked out the way you envisioned?
No, certainly not. Even really good things have always been a surprise professionally. Sometimes I think it's going to be a terrible experience and it ends up being the best thing that could happen. I have never really made plans because things just kind of happen. I think my way of doing this is just to be sort of open-minded and not really try to go in one direction or another but to try to just be open to all possibilities. And things work out well with that -- for me. It works for me. Plans stress me out [laughs]. It's easier to just go with the flow.

2. The very funny Carol Burnett plays your grandmother in the movie -- what was it like working with her?
Ooooh, so good! Yeah, she's amazing -- just a sweet, sweet woman. In my brain I had so deeply ingrained the Ms. Hannigan character from 'Annie' -- that's just what I remember from my childhood -- and I had this flash when I met her of this awful character, and she couldn't have been sweeter [laughs]. I was thrown for a second. She's just hilarious playing the grandma. She wears all these great wigs and has all these great lines. My favorite scene is where she's shopping for caskets for herself and we, as a family, are all trying to be there for her through the process, and this great comedian [Craig Robinson] is really giving her the hard sell. And he could not be funnier. The two of them -- I think that's the best scene in the movie.


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3. Is there anything you miss about working on 'Gilmore Girls'?
I just had lunch with Lauren Graham [her mother, Lorelai, on the show]. I do miss working with her every day, but we still see each other. I saw her in 'Guys and Dolls' on Broadway, and she's amazing. I think I always liked the fact that I got to play a teenager that wasn't necessarily a stereotype that fit into like a high school category. [Rory] was more like a real person, even though I think she was quite idealized in some ways that I think were unrealistic. I was excited to play someone smart and driven and just have a different example on television for teenage audiences.

4. You also recently shot 'The Good Guy' with former 'My Girl' star Anna Chlumsky -- did you guys bond while filming?
Yeah! I think she used to work as a food critic, so I was really excited to meet her and talk to her about that. I think that was a long time ago for her, though, because she was like, "Oh yeah, but this is what I want to be doing." But we talked about food and got along great.

5. Is there anyone you're dying to work with or any movie you're itching to tackle?
I don't know -- not specifically. I think it would be really fun to do a project in Spanish, but it would have to be the right thing. It's my first language. But it's not really good to talk about what you want to do because you don't know what's going to happen [laughs]. I'm just not ... I don't know ... Nevermind [laughs]. Erase that! [Laughs]

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