Alexis Bledel is allegedly romancing her ‘Mad Men’ lover, Vincent Kartheiser

Now that I’m more than a week out from Mad Men’s Season 5 finale, I feel like I’m seeing the season as a whole more completely. It’s amazing how much faith I have in Matthew Weiner – yes, he does take some detours and we don’t always know where things will end up for these characters, but I still hold that Mad Men is like a living novel – how we speak of it, how we write about it, what we think about these characters, the debates, the disappointments, the triumphs… it’s not a normal TV show. The investment is different.

One of the “WTF?” detours that Mad Men took this season was the Alexis Bledel storyline. Alexis appeared in a handful of episodes as a sexy, bored young housewife named Beth Dawes – obviously too young for her older, insurance-salesman husband and ripe for a torrid affair with Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s resident sleazy pimp, Pete Campbell. SPOILERS!! Pete became obsessed with Beth, even convincing himself that he was in love with her, I think. Maybe he was. But in the end, their affair was wiped clean from her memory using a convenient storyline straight out of some Sylvia Plath nightmare. At first I thought Alexis seemed much too young for the role. But in the end, I understood the choice. Weiner wanted an actress who combined a child-like “doll” quality with a young woman’s powerful sexuality plus a dash of insanity, and Bledel filled the bill admirably.

It seems Bledel’s costar thought so too – according to a report from The Mail, Vincent Kartheiser (who is a laid-back, grungy hippie compared to his Pete Campbell character) and Alexis Bledel are now a thing.

It seems Mad Men is proving to be something of a dating agency in real life. For actor Vincent Kartheiser, 33, was ‘seen smooching’ with actress Alexis Bledel following her guest stint on the hit AMC show.

The 30-year-old Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants favourite played a depressed housewife who had an affair with his smarmy character Pete Campbell. Her character memorably appearing at his office wearing nothing but a fur coat and pearls.

While that dalliance did not end well, it seems he has become very friendly with the Gilmore Girls star away from the cameras, as they were seen getting very friendly on a flight from New York’s JFK Airport to Los Angeles.

A source told Crushable: ‘They came over to the gate right as I was boarding and I saw him first. His hair is fuller and he’s got a beard, but I recognized him right away. Then he walked over and a girl with him sat down and it was Rory Gilmore. They are not sitting in first class but him right in front of her in middle seats. Guess they booked last minute. He was leaning over the back of his seat talking to her and leaned over and kissed her.’

It will be the first high profile relationship among the cast of the show since it began in 2007. The MailOnline contacted the Vincent and Alexis’ representatives, but has yet to receive a response.

[From The Mail]

I don’t hate this pairing. Probably because I’ve never seen an episode of Gilmore Girls, thus I don’t have any strong feelings about Alexis Bledel. To me, she’s just a cute, age-appropriate girl who seems to be good for Vincent Kartheiser, who I actually like a great deal. I hope this is real. I hope they’re a real couple and they stay together for a while.

Photos courtesy of AMC/Mad Men and WENN.

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  1. brin says:

    I loved Gilmore Girls! Alexis was so good in it as was Lauren Graham and Melissa McCarthy.

  2. marie says:

    wow, she can not pull off red lipstick.. I am a fan of Alexis though..

  3. Tillie says:

    I love her! She is so pretty! Love love love :)

  4. backwards says:

    She will always be Rory Gilmore to be (well not so sure after seeing that first pic).

    Lucky gal, I love him.

  5. Amelia says:

    She’s 30?!!
    No way! I thought she was mid twenties max.

  6. merski says:

    Perhaps she can convince him to shower more often….

  7. Launicaangelina says:

    Interesting… I never saw her in Gilmore Girls or Traveling Pants but I think she pulled off the Beth role and Kaiser nailed why. I find it interesting that Vincent plays smarmy a$$holes so well and seems to be really laid back and down to Earth in reality. I like this pairing.

  8. sup says:

    when did her face get -that- round? pregnancy? the last thing i ever saw her in was sin city which is why i’m asking

  9. gillociraptor says:

    I like that they apparently didn’t pitch a fit about flying coach.

    Also, I will forever love Alexis Bledel due to my suspicion that the Gilmore Girls was totally based on cameras secretly following my mom and me.

  10. francesca says:

    I still think Beth was faking it when she pretended not to remember Pete. I wonder if she’d even had the procedure yet or if she was waiting for it to take place.

  11. tracking says:

    Love this! Miss Gilmore Girls so, so much and quite enjoyed Bledel’s turn on Mad Men. She seems so grounded compared to many of her peers.

  12. Boo says:

    Geez, I assumed he was gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  13. normades says:

    OMG OMG OMG!!!! I LOVE this pairing!! I always thought Alexis would have been the breakout star of those traveling pants movie (instead of Lively). And I love Vincent soooo much.

    Yeah! Been waiting for a celeb couple I can get behind. Made my day!

  14. serena says:

    I like Alexis a lot! I hope that some good projet will come to her, and that she sticks a bit on Mad Men.

  15. Elise says:

    I think he is one of the best actors on the show, hands-down. Love watching him. My friend who works for AMC says that VK is the furthest from his character and is a huge stoner. Nice couple.

  16. Sandip says:

    Yep, she’s perfect for Ana in Fifty Shades.

  17. Gabrielle says:

    I think she’s one of the prettiest actresses out there. I loved Gilmore Girls. Loved her in Mad Men. For those who liked Gilmore Girls, try Bunheads. Same writer/producer. It’s just like Gilmore Girls + dancing.

    • Obvious says:

      i love the fact Emily Gilmore is back, and just the same as always (after you throw in a dash of crazy)

      not sure what to think of the other girl they have in it yet. i want to like her but something about her is a bit off, but i’m still going with it.

  18. Relli says:

    aw i super duper excited about this pairing. I was a late comer to Mad Men and Gilmore Girls (btw a pre MM John Hamm is in a GG episode looking super dapper)I had to be talked into watching both and then became the worlds biggest fan of each. I really liked Alexis on Mad Men too especially that last scene where they were in the hospital and Pete was explaining why he cheated on his wife.

  19. Lilo says:

    Ugh, I don’t know. I love Alexis (Rory!), but I really dislike Vincent. Not him personally, I just really, REALLY hated his role on Angel (his son with Darla…whathisface…Connor?). I can’t get over that and unfortunately, characters I hate tend to taint the person portraying them. So, don’t take anything I say seriously, it’s just my weirdo brain ^^

  20. Esmom says:

    Does anyone think they look sort of alike? I ask because supposedly that’s why Weiner hired her for the role…he wanted to someone who resembled Pete. He was attracted to her/fell in love with her because he’s in love with himself.

    I can see a bit of a resemblance but I don’t think I would have picked up on that on my own.

    Cute couple. He seems like a sweetheart and is an amazing actor. I’m not as familiar with her since I wasn’t on the GG bandwagon.

  21. Clara says:

    Can we just discuss how openly excellent Vincent Kartheiser is for a sec. I mean, really.

    • RealityBites says:

      True Fact.

      Most actors wouldn’t play such an unlikeable character.

      And yet… how can you not feel SOMETHING for Pete. His self-awareness, his guilt at being involved with another man’s wife.

      I find myself inexplicably routing for him and cringe about 5 times an episode when he pulls a “Pete”.

      IDEK. But it’s not just the writing, Kartheiser sells it really well.

  22. tmnt says:

    I cannot believe Alexis Bledel is 30. At least she’s making a comeback. She had a few big screen flops after Gilmore Girls.

  23. iseepinkelefants says:

    I’m in the minority because I thought she sucked.

    I watched Gilmore Girls and she was Rory Gilmore but trying to be sexy (in that coat scene for instance). It’s clear homegirl has no range. She was also the same character in Traveling Pants and that movie with that guy from How to Make It in America. I guess that’s why she hasn’t acted much since GG. Not to many characters that call for annoyingly whiney/smart.

    • Bec says:

      I must be in the minority too because I didn’t think she did a good job of acting on Mad Men either. Her performance and her character’s storyline were the only things I was disappointed in this season – or ever, for that matter. But I never watched GG so maybe that’s why.
      I love it when this site writes about Mad Men- these have been great posts!

  24. bettyrose says:

    Conner/Rory fan fiction!!

  25. allons-y alonso says:

    I just saw Rory Gilmore’s side boob! Ewwwww. Unsee!! Unsee!

  26. ohiogirl says:

    Taking away everything we know about how smarmy Pete Campbell is, he can actually bring the sexy in those scenes… the way he looks at her with such passion.

  27. ezra says:

    Well my god, who wouldn’t be seduced by those breasts? Lucky man.