Seen onscreen: Alexis Bledel has shockingly announced her departure from The Handmaid
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Alexis Bledel has shockingly announced her departure from The Handmaid’s Tale, which is currently filming its fifth season. 

‘After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,’ the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week. 

‘I am forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.’

Seen onscreen: Alexis Bledel has shockingly announced her departure from The Handmaid's Tale, which is currently filming its fifth season

Seen onscreen: Alexis Bledel has shockingly announced her departure from The Handmaid's Tale, which is currently filming its fifth season

Seen onscreen: Alexis Bledel has shockingly announced her departure from The Handmaid’s Tale, which is currently filming its fifth season

Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the show takes place in a patriarchal dystopia called Gilead founded on what used to be the United States.

Women are reduced to a status far beneath that of men, deprived of such basic rights as being permitted to read or use money.

‘Handmaids’ are the women forced under veils and subjected to a form of slavery in which they are repeatedly raped for the purpose of producing children.

Alexis plays Emily Malek, who was a Handmaid under the name of Ofglen until she escaped to Canada and who now works for the Mayday resistance.

End of the road: 'After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,' the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week

End of the road: 'After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,' the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week

End of the road: ‘After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,’ the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week

The show has long since passed up the events of the Margaret Atwood novel, so the writers have a level of freedom to shape the plot around Alexis’ departure.

Starring Elisabeth Moss in the lead role of a handmaid called Offred, the show ran its first season in 2017 and dropped season four from April to June last year.

One of the show’s stars Ann Dowd confirmed to the Independent this January that season five would ‘begin shooting in February.’ 

Upon its debut the show became a major cultural touchstone, particularly among American feminists opposed to Donald Trump. 

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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