This weekend Alexis Bledel leads the way for the first time in Director Vicky Jenson’s new film romantic comedy Post Grad. The film is about young woman who has just graduated from college, and thinks she has everything, until she realizes she’s going to need a whole lot more to make it in the world.
Bledel is not your typical model turned actress, she seems to have a strong grasp of the amazing situation she’s in and the world around her. Although her role in the film may be a bit cliche, but her portrayal is anything but.
Check out what she has to say about the film below…
What is the message of this movie? Should a girl give up her dreams to go across the country to follow her man?
No, not at all. I think it’s that you can’t plan everything, you have to be able to able to know what life throws your way. And I think it follows her journey in doing that, and adapt to life.
It’s also about getting out and seeing things and not just be stuck in this little town you live in.
“I think so, yeah. I think that it is important to see different places if you have the opportunity to and experience different things. The work is not everything, I mean, we’re in a bit of a crisis, so it’s kind of scary to give up the job. That would not happen, really. I mean…yeah…now that kind of seems silly, but she’s also a girl who has a safety net in her family and she knows she can go back there. So, to give this relationship a chance, her personal happiness, I mean, I think it still makes sense if she has the option, you know. It’s a post-feminist story.”
Your life is different, because you got to work at something you love. Was it always your passion, from being a kid, to do this?
I kind of discovered acting when I was in college at NYU. I kind of started auditioning because I had a modeling agent and in their same office is where I met my manager. There was another branch. I kind of fell into it…
But is acting now it for you?
Yeah, definitely, this is definitely what I do…it’s interesting discovering something as an adult. It kind of has to do with the film and being open to different things that come your way, because I’ve come to learn so many different things about it. The fact that every day you have…if you’re in television everyday, you have a new scene and new sort of challenge. When you work in film, you start from scratch every time you’re on a new film. So I really like a lot of things about it like creating characters…yeah…I mean, I wouldn’t have done that if I hadn’t of tried it.
How do you decide what you want to do?
Usually, if I really get into the script, because it’s just a good story that I like, I think about the character and figure out if I have a strong take on what I want to do with it, and then it’s just about which actors and directors are involved.
Do you have any charity work that you do in contrast to your acting?
I’ve just started getting involved with some different charities. I’ve been trying to find one that I can be really fully involved with it. Because sometimes you just lend your name to a charity and you’re not actually doing anything. I started doing some work with this organization called Peace Games in New York, where, I think it’s like seven different schools in the New York area have this set-up in their schools, and basically, it teaches kids how to resolve conflicts in non-violent ways. So they play games and they learn how to communicate rather than to fight. It’s a really amazing program, because you can really tell when kids have been through it because there’s sort of a collaborative feeling in the class. They just communicate with other, it’s not as ‘clique-ky’ as some groups are.
You actually go to the classrooms?
Yeah, and we do these different games and kind of lead them and they love it. They absolutely love it. It’s really cool to see.
What do you get from doing that?
I feel like I learn so much from the kids because they are so smart. Also, they had an event recently where all the schools got together in New York, and I kinda hosted and talked to some middle-school-aged kids. We kind of had like four big groups come in and we asked them about what their thoughts were on the media. How they felt affected by it, inspired by it, different performers…these kids, they really get it. They’re like, ‘Who do you see as an example?’ And the kids are like, ‘Obama,’ they didn’t name actors, necessarily…
What about your character’s choice between the guy who loves her but she can’t see him versus the hot guy across the street who is an older man of experience? How did you think of that? Is she really repressing any feelings towards him?
I honestly don’t think she’s aware of his feelings for her, because he hasn’t told her anything yet and in her mind they are best friends, the closest of friends and have been for a while. He’s that rock for her, he’s a huge support in her life, but she has tunnel vision. She’s completely obsessed with this plan of hers, and the guy next door is kind of a relationship of convenience and they kind of meet because of proximity and boredom and to spend time together. And I think that’s a really real inaction, I think it happens. I’ve definitely experienced how maybe there’s something romantic that happens, but it kind of fizzles out rather quickly, but you learn something from that person and you take it with you in your life.
What is your view on romantic relationships? Is it fate?
Yeah, I think it’s a little bit of…I think anything is possible. I think there are people who have very powerful connections, but I don’t think that everyone necessarily finds that in their lives, but I think that’s what everyone hopes for and looks for…but I do think it has a lot to do with circumstance and chemistry and luck.
Do you think that people’s ideas about love and romance change from each experience, as you get older or do think you get imprinted with things that you see?
Both. I think we each sort of have a mindset based on our parents or people we know growing up or relationships that we see and then society also has ideas that change over time. There were Victorian ideals that changed into modern ideals, And now, I don’t think we know where we are, (laughs) it’s a big mixture of everything and you can kind of pick and chose and decide for yourself what your ideas about love are.
We’ve heard that Frank Miller has finished the script for Sin City 2.
You did? Do you have a good source?
Harry the king. He’s read it.
Did he read it?
So you haven’t read it?
No, am I in it?
I was going to ask. Hopefully.
I hope so.
Would you be excited to do that?
Check out Post Grad in theaters August 21st.