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Recently, IML attended to the Seventeen Service Awards, where young people were honored for outstanding community service. That's where we chatted with Alexis Bledel, star of the WB's Gilmore Girls.

IML: Hi, Alexis! You're here to encourage young people to get involved in community service. What kind of volunteer work have you done in the past?

Alexis: At our high school, we had to do 100 hours of community service in order to graduate. So we did something called "special recreational services," which was for children who are mentally challenged. We would go care for them at their place of living, and just kind of help them with their everyday activities. Each of us would go in at a different time of day to make sure they were taken care of.

IML: Even though you have a busy schedule these days, are you involved in any volunteer work now?

Alexis: Yes! I'm currently involved with a program called First Book. It's a children's literacy program, and gives books out to underprivileged families.

IML: Why is it important for kids to volunteer in their community?

Alexis: It's such a necessary thing to be able to kind of first-hand apply yourself to, you know, in a way that's giving to others. And it's very rewarding!

IML: How did you get started with acting?

Alexis: Well, I kind of fell into it by accident. I got the part on the show when I was going to college at New York University, where I was a film major. I kinda decided to put school on hold for a while.

IML: Is there anything that you and your character, Rory Gilmore, have in common?

Alexis: That's probably the hardest question to answer. I don't know why, but we're both really bad at sports. I wouldn't say that our personalities are the same, but we're both pretty driven people and we know what we want.

IML: Do you think Rory is a positive role model for young people?

Alexis: Oh yeah, of course. I think she's an important example for kids because there are so many examples that teenagers have in the media right now, and I think this is a pretty different one for them to have. It's kind of important for kids to have different examples, so they can pick and choose what they like.

IML: Is it hard to keep in touch with people from home and from school?

Alexis: I think you just prioritize what's most important for you, and you just make time for your family and your friends, because that's what really renews you. And then you can go back to work with a positive attitude. That's the way I do it!

IML: We hear you're in a new movie. Can you tell us about it?

Alexis: Yes! It's called "Tuck Everlasting, and it comes out in October. It's based on a children's novel written by Natalie Bevette in the 1970's. I play a girl at the turn of the century, and she's kind of rebellious for her time. She falls in love and has this big adventure. It's a good story!

IML: We can't wait to see it! Thanks for chatting with us.

Alexis: You're welcome!

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