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Alexis Bledel Discusses 'Post Grad'


Rodrigo Santoro and Alexis Bledel star in Post Grad

Rodrigo Santoro and Alexis Bledel in 'Post Grad.'

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Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) is a college grad who believes she has the world on a string in Post Grad, a coming of age comedy from director Vicky Jenson (Shark Tale). Bledel plays Ryden Malby, runner-up for class valedictorian and a genuinely nice girl whose expectations for immediate employment and financial freedom the moment she picks up her college diploma come crashing down around her. Reality sets in and Ryden soon realizes life post-college isn't all sunshine and roses.

At the LA press day for the Fox Searchlight film, Bledel explained the film's message. "I think it's that you can't plan everything, you have to be able to able to know what life throws your way. And I think it follows her journey in doing that, and adapt to life."

It's also about taking advantage of opportunities thrown your way, and not delaying or negating possibilities just because they're potentially scary. "I think that it is important to see different places if you have the opportunity to, and experience different things. The work is not everything."

When Ryden does land her dream job, she realizes that there's something more important to her - a guy she let slip away. "We're in a bit of a crisis, so it's kind of scary to give up the job," says Bledel about her character's decision to chose a guy over employment. "That would not happen, really. And now that kind of seems silly, but she's also a girl who has a safety net in her family and she knows she can go back there. So, to give this relationship a chance, her personal happiness, I mean, I think it still makes sense if she has the option, you know? It's a post-feminist story."

Bledel isn't like Ryden in that she doesn't have everything charted out. But the actress admits she did find it interesting to play a character who believes she has her future mapped out and then has the rug pulled out from under her. "She's extremely confident, almost at all times, and then she kind of gets knocked down and frustrated and hits rock bottom and has to kind of change her way of thinking," explained Bledel. "I think there are people like that, for sure. They kind of have something in mind for themselves and don't entertain any other ideas, whatsoever. It's a strong personality, actually, but it's not like mine at all. I'm kind of open to different things and I want to try different things. I don't want to limit myself to one…I don't have that vision in mind, I really want to kind of just see what comes my way."

And speaking of what's been coming her way, Bledel's also in a film - The Good Guy - that premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. "We filmed it in New York last summer, and I love shooting in New York. It is such a fun time. It's about a bunch of guys that work on Wall Street before it crashed, and sort of a love triangle that I'm very involved with."

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Post Grad hits theaters on August 21, 2009 and is rated PG-13 for sexual situations and brief strong language.

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