Alexis Bledel Says Bye to 'The Handmaid's Tale'


| LAST UPDATE 05/30/2022

By Abby Wall
Alexis Bledel Handmaids Tale
Emma McIntyre via Getty Images for Hulu

Alexis Bledel is officially stepping back from her iconic role in The Handmaid's Tale after being a show lead since the start of the Sci-fi drama in 2017. The long-time actress decided it was time for her to depart from the dystopian Hulu hit series ahead of its fifth season - and we've got everything you need to know. Keep scrolling.

One of Hollywood's best, The Handmaid's Tale, debuted five years ago and simply took over television. Based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, the series follows June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) in the future as she is separated from her husband and child and taken into the dystopian universe known as Gilead. There, she lives under the strict control of her assigned Gileadan officer and wife as she fights for her life and the other woman stuck in Gilead in hopes of one day escaping with her daughter by her side. Bledel carries a major fan-favorite role in the hit series as a fellow handmaid, Ofglen - and we'll definitely be sad to see her go (but very curious about how she'll be written off).

Alexis Bledel Handmaids Tale
J. Countess via Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

However, with the fifth season of the acclaimed series approaching, Alexis Bledel has publicly announced she will not be signing on this time around. "After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid's Tale at this time," Bledel said in a statement to Variety. "I am forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support," she said. Bledel was nominated for an Emmy for each season of the series and, in 2017, won her first Emmy for her role as Ofglen.

Season four of The Handmaid's Tale literally left everyone on the edges of their seats. (Don't worry - no spoiler alerts), so we can only imagine what will happen in the upcoming season. In a recent interview with Moss, the lead actress unveiled they were "hallway through" filming the season and "it's a very big season" ahead. With that exciting news in mind, as much as we're going to miss Bledel on-screen, we literally cannot wait to see what's going to happen. Praise be.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below