Alexis Bledel is an actress making a name for herself in both film and television. After starting out in community theater and then working as a model, her television debut was in the critically acclaimed and fan favorite series Gilmore Girls. She then went on to play one of the leads in both Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films, and starred as the daughter of Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch in the comedy Post-Grad.
In her latest project, The Good Guy, the Texas native is playing an ambitious young woman in Manhattan, who is looking for a good job, good friends and a good guy to share her life with. During an interview at the film’s press day, Alexis spoke about developing the character of Beth. She also talked about her role in the upcoming historical drama The Conspirator, from director Robert Redford, and confirmed that there would be no more Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films
Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Question: How do you think your character, Beth, sees Daniel (Bryan Greenberg) in comparison to Tommy (Scott Porter)?
Alexis: At the beginning, Beth has a pretty clear idea in her head about what she’s looking for in a man. When she meets Tommy, he’s got everything she’s looking for and she’s really happy about that. She’s falling for him, but she can’t quite see him because of this ideal that she has.
When she meets Daniel, he’s got none of the things she’s looking for and she doesn’t know what to make of him. I don’t think she meets a lot of guys like him because she’s typically looking for the other sort, so she’s really curious. As they develop a friendship, she can’t figure him out and wants to know more. That’s how they start to get close.
Have you ever had a moment of disappointment, like your character in this film, when she loses out on going on that trip?
Alexis: Everybody has these things that they would like to do, but work or life or family gets in the way. Those things exist and inspire us, just as love does, but they’re just things we want to do and a lot of people just don’t get to do them.
Beth is an educated woman with a good job, but she seems anchored by Tommy and on his schedule. How do you feel about her being this independent woman, who still seems to need this guy?
Alexis: I think that’s just Tommy. That’s his way of doing things. He likes to keep people at arm’s length, especially people he’s dating. He likes to keep people guessing because that gives him the control.
In Beth’s mind, maybe her ideal man is an anchor and gives her life some stability. Maybe in a different kind of relationship, she might discover that she could have more in her life, like travel and other things she might want to do that she didn’t expect. She might have time for those things with a different sort of person.
When Beth and Tommy finally have sex, there is a pause for the condom, which rarely happens in films. Did that add something to the scene that gave you a sense of who Beth is?
Alexis: I liked that part of the scene because it adds a realistic awkwardness that happens. There were a lot of little moments in the film that felt more realistic than your average movie with a romantic storyline, and that was one of them.
How much of an education process was it for you to be able to play your character in The Conspirator, about Mary Surratt (played by Robin Wright Penn) and her involvement in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln?
Alexis: I was mostly a love interest, but I had a lot of questions about the social propriety and certain manners that I thought I should have. I play Mary Surratt’s defendant’s (James McAvoy) love interest. She’s from the North and she’s educated, and I wanted there to be a contrast between her and the Southerners that were being accused.
It was a story that I had not heard, so it was fascinating for me. Most people are taught that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln, but as it turns out, there were a lot of conspirators involved in his murder, and Mary Surratt was accused as one of them. She ran a boarding house where they conspired. The film is about her trial and how it was completely un-Constitutional.
Are the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films done now?
Alexis: Yes. No more Pants.
In the future, would you like to do more independent films, like The Good Guy?
Alexis: I hope so. There are great films made through studios and independently, and there are great characters on television. I’m not confined to one medium. I’m just looking for interesting characters and good stories.