Alexis Bledel is stepping away from the cult Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale.."

Bledel played Emily Malek aka Ofglen in the critically acclaimed

dystopian drama from the show's inception in.

She announced her sudden resignation in an announcement made to Variety.

After some contemplation, I decided that I needed to get away completely from

The Handmaid's Tale at this moment," she told the outlet.

I will forever be grateful showrunner Bruce Miller for writing such honest

and meaningful scenes for Emily as well as the crew,

Hulu, MGM, the crew and cast for their assistance."