Little Rory Gilmore is growing up. Sort of.
Actress Alexis Bledel, the native Houstonian who got her start in The WB’s The Gilmore Girls, is set to play one of a pair of violent assassins in the indie film Violet and Daisy.
“Wow! She’s one of my favs of all times,” Page Parkes, of Page Parkes Talent, said when she heard the news. Bledel was first a student at Parkes' Houston modeling school before being accepted by Parkes’ agency for representation early in her career.
“Alexis was an amazing young talent with great parents who were very much a part of our team," Parkes said. "I am so proud of the person she is and the actress she became."
The Gilmore Girls ran from 2000-2007 (232 episodes!) and helped launch the bright blue-eyed talent to major roles in several films, including The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tuck Everlasting, and Sin City.
Hard to believe Bledel turned 29 this month, but, according to Variety, she’ll still play a teenager in this film. Though this one's quite a departure from her previous good little girl persona. The Wrap describes Violet and Daisy as being a cross between Thelma and Louise, Superbad, and Pulp Fiction. Certainly nothing like The Gilmore Girls.
Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) will be Bledel’s film partner in crime and James Gandolfini also has been cast in the drama which is written by Geoffrey Fletcher who won the Oscar this year for Best Adapted Screenplay for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.
As I previously reported, another Houston native, Jackson Hurst who plays love interest Grayson Kent on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva from Sony TV, is one to watch. That’ll be easy now that the show has thankfully been renewed for another season. This is good. It is funny, poignant series, and the leading lady does not fit into a size zero dress. Women everywhere should rejoice.
Though Hurst’s character met with a tragic accident on the recent season finale, we have nothing to fear. Our H-Town guy will be back on the small screen in a big way. Can’t wait.