EXCLUSIVE: Alexis Bledel Opens Up About How Motherhood Influenced Her Role on 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The 35-year-old actress says it's important to be 'passionate' about her roles if she's going to 'leave home.'

Now that she's a mom, Alexis Bledel is a lot pickier when it comes to the roles she chooses. 

ET caught up with the 35-year-old actress at Hulu's upfronts in New York City on Wednesday, where she shared why she's "passionate" about her part on The Handmaid's Tale.

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"More than anything, I just think about what roles I take on, and make sure that it's really something that I feel passionate about if I'm going to leave home and go work," Bledel said of how her career has changed since welcoming her son in fall 2015. "I just want to love what I'm doing."

The actress is currently playing Ofglen on The Handmaid's Tale, and says that it's "wonderful" to play a "layered" character so different from the independent Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls.

"It's really interesting for me. It's really wonderful to play characters as different from each other as I can. So it's just a great opportunity to do something different," Bledel said, adding that she can't believe the Emmy buzz that both shows have gotten.

"Oh my goodness, I can't even imagine. That's, like, incredible and exciting and unexpected for me," she confessed.

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"I really enjoy working, you know, on streaming outlets because there's so much creative control for the creators of the shows, and you know, you're allowed to make such great television," she said of working on both Hulu and Netflix. "There's so many shows now, so it's just great that actors have all these opportunities to work and do great work."

While The Handmaid's Tale was picked up for a second season on Wednesday, the future of Gilmore Girls has been up in the air since A Year in the Life was released last fall.

"I have no idea [if I'll come back for more Gilmore Girls]," she revealed. "I'm just kind of living in this moment, and enjoying this journey. So, we'll see."

The Handmaid's Tale
is currently streaming on Hulu.

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Reporting by Rande Iaboni

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