Alexis Bledel has made the shocking announcement to leave her Emmy-winning role in The Handmaid’s Tale, which has begun filming for its fifth season.
“After much deliberation, I felt like I had to leave The Handmaid’s Tale at this point,” said the 40-year-old actress, who has been on the show since its first season.
“I am forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such a real and resonant scene for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support,” she told type.
SEE ON SCREEN: Alexis Bledel makes shocking announcement that she will be leaving ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, which has begun filming its fifth season
Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the show takes place in a patriarchal dystopia called Gilead, built on what was once the United States.
Women are relegated to a far lower status than men, deprived of basic rights such as reading or using money.
“Handmaids” were women who were forced to wear a veil and subjected to some form of slavery, who were repeatedly raped in order to have children.
Alexis plays Emily Malek, a maid named Orgren until she escaped to Canada and now works for the Mayday Resistance.
End of the Road: “After much deliberation, I feel like I have to leave The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,” the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week
She won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress for her work on the first season and was nominated three more times for the show.
The show has long since dropped the events in Margaret Atwood’s novel, so the writers have a degree of freedom to shape the plot of Alexis’ exit.
The series, starring Elisabeth Moss as Offred the Handmaid, launched its first season in 2017 and dropped its fourth season from April to June last year.
One of the show’s stars, Ann Dowd independent In January, the fifth season will “begin filming in February.”
Side by side: The Maid Offred, starring Elisabeth Moss (left), aired its first season in 2017; Elizabeth and Alexis pictured in the series
The show became a major cultural touchstone after its debut, especially among feminists angry at Donald Trump.
Not only in the United States, but also in foreign cities such as London and Warsaw, many anti-Trump protesters have started dressing up as handmaids as a result of his visit.
Abortion rights protesters donned maid costumes this month after an unprecedented leak suggested Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
Horror: Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the show takes place in a patriarchal dystopia called Gilead, set in what was once the United States
Alexis became one of the protagonists of Gilmore Girls, a long-running drama that ran from 2000 to 2007.
She also embarked on a film career that included such memorable films as “The Traveling Pants Sisterhood” and “Sin City.”
She left The Handmaid’s Tale four years after she revealed that a third travel pants sisterhood film was infiltrating.
Who’s Who: Alexis plays Emily Malek, a maid named Ofglen until she escaped to Canada and now works for the Mayday Resistance
Appear in The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon On April 18, she said she and her co-stars “just cast their third film and I hope it comes together.”
Alexis starred in the first film in 2005 and the sequel in 2008 alongside Blake Lively, American Ferreira and Amber Tamblyn.
The film is based on Ann Brashares’ five-book series, four of which have been condensed into the first two films.