Alexis Bledel is stepping down from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a successful Hulu series.
Since the show’s inception in 2017, Bledel has played Emily Malek, alias Ofglen, in the award-winning dystopian thriller. In a statement to Variety, the actress revealed her stunning resignation.
“After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,” she told the outlet.
“I am forever grateful to [showrunner] Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.”
Bledel did not provide an explanation for her choice to leave the show.
Hulu and Bledel have been contacted for more comment by The Washington Post.
The drama is set in a theocratic, totalitarian society where infertility is combated by assigning handmaids to bear children, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.
Women are treated as second-class citizens in the series, with basic rights such as reading and using money denied to them.
During her four-year career on the show, Bledel received four Emmy nominations and won one for her performance.
Bledel was best known for her role as Rory Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls,” which aired from 2000 to 2007, before being cast in the drama opposite Elisabeth Moss.