There are certain actors who, for good or ill, will always be associated with the characters that made them famous: James Gandolfini is mob boss Tony Soprano, James Van Der Beek can’t escape Dawson’s Creek, and Alexis Bledel will forever be Gilmore Girls smarty pants Rory Gilmore.
But yesterday, Bledel took a big step away from Stars Hollow with a spicy guest spot on Mad Men, playing a Connecticut housewife who ends up in bed with the creepy Pete Campbell. This is something that Rory, who spent years agonizing over whether to lose her virginity to sturdy, dependable Dean Forrester or the dark and brooding Jess Mariano, would never have done. Although I suspect she would have thought about it, and talked about it at length with her mom.
Bledel did justice to the Mad Men period hair and makeup, but that wasn’t particularly hard for her. She has always had a classic, ladylike look. And we weren’t the only ones having a hard time letting go of Rory Gilmore: Rory, not Bledel, was a trending topic on Twitter last night. I bet that’ll change, though. Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Bledel on Mad Men.
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