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The Charmed Ones

Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore ...

Birthday: September 16, 1982
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Height: 5'7"

About the actress: Although newcomer Alexis Bledel is making her television debut in Gilmore Girls, the Texas native has already spent years in front of the camera as a model.

Bledel's parents encouraged her to try community theater in Houston when she was 8 years old, hoping it would help their daughter overcome her shyness. She went on to perform in productions of Our Town, The Wizard of Oz and Aladdin, and later was scouted in a local mall to model.

She began her modeling career while still in high school, traveling all over to locations like Tokyo, Milan, New York and Los Angeles. After graduating, she enrolled at NYU, where she just completed her first year as a film major. This past spring, Bledel landed a manager through her modeling agency and headed to Los Angeles for her first pilot season, where she quickly landed the coveted role of Rory.

When she's not working, Bledel enjoys writing, reading, shooting photography, going to the movies and spending time with her family.

About the character: Rory Gilmore and her mom are really close, sometimes too close. She just got into Chilton Prep, a prestigious private school. It's just what she always wanted...isn't it? Growing up is never easy, living in a small town doesn't help.

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