On a series like Gilmore Girls, Bledel’s performance largely relies upon the lengthy, quick dialogue the show is notorious for. The Handmaid’s Tale is the opposite; the first three episodes, helmed by director Reed Morano, let entire conversations and declarations take place without a word. The close-up is utilized so masterfully in this series that words don’t feel necessary; Morano lets the actors’ faces say it all. While much of this is focused on Moss, the moments that Bledel is allowed to show us what she can manifest on her face are full of gorgeous, raw emotion.
Look, I love Gilmore Girls. You love Gilmore Girls. But it’s no secret that Alexis Bledel often seemed overmatched, unable to keep up with the rest of the ensemble.
So it’s delightful to discover that her acting talents, when properly deployed as they are in The Handmaid’s Tale, are PRODIGIOUS.