LATEST GIG: After seven seasons on the hit series, she's now on the big screen as an excited bride-to-be in the comedy I'm Reed Fish
• Goodbye Girls: "I feel really good, but it hasn't sunk in yet," says Bledel of finishing her run as dutiful daughter Rory on Gilmore Girls. The show was like a marathon: "You had to prepare for it. When I started, they said, 'This is like being an athlete. You have to eat really well, sleep a lot and exercise.' I used to do none of that, and I'd feel so fatigued."
• Parting gifts: Except for an umbrella-print dress from wardrobe ("It fit really well"), Bledel kept only her memories from the series. "It's been such a big part of my life that I don't need anything to remember it." Now she's trying to wean herself from Rory's signature rapid-fire cadence: "I have to slow myself down when I go on auditions, because I'm used to reading lines very quickly."
• Gone Fishing: Shooting I'm Reed Fish (in limited release) in Big Bear, Calif., convinced Bledel that she's not a country girl. "I've only lived in huge cities," says the L.A.-based actress. "It freaked me out. I couldn't deal with everything closing at 9 o'clock."
• Her big, fat Greek summer: Bledel returns to Santorini, Greece, to film the sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. This time, costars Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively and Ugly Betty's America Ferrera join her. "It's going to be much more fun with the other girls there," she says. "You step outside your hotel and it's beautiful, blue ocean. I could live on their appetizers: tzatziki and olives. And they deep-fry their feta cheese!"