Actress Alexis Bledel is most known for her role in Gilmore Girls. She played Rory Gilmore, the shy yet wickedly smart daughter of Lorelai (Lauren Graham). While audiences watched her character deal with love and relationships on-screen, nobody saw Bledel beyond the bangs and big blue eyes.
The show was a hit, but her other projects weren’t as successful. Behind the scenes, though, she plotted her unexpected comeback. As Gilmore enrolled in Yale, Bledel kissed the prodigy goodbye. For The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu offered her a role as Ofglen, an indentured servant with grave secrets.
The series is inspired by Margaret Atwood’s 1999 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale (duh). The book details a feminist’s (and society, in general) worst nightmare: the regime, the Republic of Gilead, forces all women into sexual enslavement for one objective: repopulation.
TVLine reports that Bledel will be playing Ofglen, a recurring role. “At first, Ofglen seems like a pious rule-follower […] but she turns out to be daring and subversive.” She and her best friend, Offred (Elisabeth Moss), were beaten and taken against their will. But submission was never an option. They eventually found freedom, but was it through escape or death?
Even though the program’s based in fiction, the world’s plagued with a similar narrative. According to “Slave labor in America today,” slavery’s a burgeoning problem. The article reads, “Foreign workers, lured by false promises of good jobs in America, soon find themselves enslaved in plain sight as victims.” Unfortunately, sly tactics aided the clandestine business. For example, unsuspecting men and women were equipped with visas.
As they flew to the U.S., recruiters slapped them with travel fees and other expenses. With no family, friends, or money, victims were trapped. CNN explained, “About half of these workers pay ‘recruitment’ fees to traffickers […] that can leave them stuck in debt for years.” Hopefully, through The Handmaid’s Tale, interest in human rights will skyrocket.