The ''Gilmore Girls'' star reflects on the end of an era

Alexis Bledel is in a Manhattan hotel lounge, calmly stirring sugar into her…tea? This can mean only one thing: The actress who spent seven years chugging Luke’s coffee on Gilmore Girls really has moved on. ”I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do,” says the Houston native, 25, who trades Stars Hollow for sleepy Mud Meadows in I’m Reed Fish. In the June 1 indie, she plays a woman dealing with her mother’s death and a crumbling engagement. Though Bledel has been in films before (2002’s Tuck Everlasting, 2005’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), she insists, ”I don’t want to go too commercial.” Well, unless the right action-flick script falls into her lap: ”Imagine [me in] a Carrie-Anne Moss Matrix kind of thing!”

Gilmore is over, but Bledel is still a speed-talker ”I would get so exhausted,” she says of spitting out Rory’s fast-paced lines. ”It burns you out.” But memorizing those exchanges kept her sharp. ”It’s amazing what your brain can do if you practice. I still race through dialogue, even at auditions. I have to slow down and talk like normal people.”

Unlike chatty Rory Gilmore, Bledel herself is a bit on the shy side ”It’s not something I gravitate toward,” the actress says of the media glare. ”I focus on the work.” During photo shoots, ”[You] do these stupid movements to make the dress look cute. Everyone’s standing around watching. You just feel ridiculous sometimes. I don’t like being the center of attention!”

Now that she’s been sprung from Stars Hollow, her career is a blank slate ”It would have to be at least 10 years before I’d do [a series] again, because it is such an all-consuming experience.” On tap is the much-anticipated Pants sequel (due next summer) costarring America Ferrera and now filming in balmy Santorini, Greece. ”It’s not work,” she says. ”It’s a vacation.”

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