And while Graham may be best known for her role on Gilmore Girls, as well as her six seasons spent as Sarah Braverman on Parenthood, she’s also making her mark on the literary world. She first showed off her literary prowess with the charming and heartfelt Someday, Someday, Maybe, which received critical acclaim when it was published in 2013 and landed a spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Her 2016 memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can, was met with similar fanfare and allowed readers a behind-the-scenes look into Gilmore Girls, Parenthood and growing up Graham, all told in Graham’s witty and conversational voice. Graham’s currently working on a second fiction novel, about two girls in their 20s and how their relationship changes as they get older.
While some actors take to writing as a side gig, Graham said her love of literature was actually what spurred her onto pursue an acting career.
“Books were the most important thing to me growing up. I think I came to performing because I loved stories. It felt like the next natural step,” said Graham, who spent several childhood years in Southampton and on the North Fork. “All these years I’ve been reading scripts and I think that helped me when I felt inspired to write myself. It all comes out of a real love of storylines.”
But it’s not just books Graham’s putting her pen to. She recently finished the script for The Royal We, a film adaptation of the book of the same name, as well as signed up to write and produce Windfall, a novel written by her book editor, Jennifer E. Smith.
“I’m interested in romantic comedies, I feel they’re not as present as they used to be,” said Graham. “Windfall had this giant ‘what if?’ aspect to it and has a love story where you’re not sure what’s going to happen. I thought all that would make a real sweet film.”
HBO announced “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Season 9 premiere date yesterday! So mark your calendar, Larry David’s comedy will be back on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 10/9c.
A it was previsouly announced, Lauren will be in 3 episodes. Here’s what she told TVLine about her experience on the show:
“It was fantastic,” Graham shares, adding that she worked with series creator and star Larry David “almost exclusively” during her multi-episode arc. “There really is no greater joy than actually making Larry David laugh. And he really laughs hard.”
On Curb, which is slated to return this fall after a six-year-hiatus, the Bad Santa actress plays “someone who has very colorful language,” Graham teases. It was her first gig after wrapping Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and, as she explains, “It was the perfect answer to ‘What do I do now?!’ because this character is completely not me at all. I speak in a way that I don’t speak ever.” (Given the legendary veil of secrecy that surrounds the HBO comedy, Graham is reticent to divulge much more than that.)
The program of this seventh edition of “Little Things Make a Good Post”: a “Linda from HR” behind the scene pic, a Parenthood’s billboard story, a cool nomination for GG and TAFAIC news (and yes, this intro is a shameless copy/paste of the title of this post)
📷 LINDA FROM HR BTS PIC 📷
Kimberley Crossman, one of Lauren’s costar on Linda from HR‘s pilot, shared this cute behind the scene pic of her and Lauren along with an also cute message on twitter:
It’s finally official, Lauren will lend her voice to Disney Junior’s Vampirina!
The show follows a young vampire girl, Vampirina, who learns to adjust to city life after her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.
Lauren will play Vampirina’s mother Oxana Hauntly, opposite James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) as her husband Boris. Their characters will run a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins.
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Set in an urban Pennsylvania neighborhood, Vampirina is centered around Vee as she settles into her new surroundings, including making friends and attending a new school. Excited to experience everything that the human world has to offer, Vee will learn that while it may be easier to blend in with her peers, it’s important to celebrate the differences that make everyone unique. Always by her side, Vee’s mom and dad are also adapting to their new life as proprietors of the local Scare B&B, a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins.
According to the press release, each episode will include original songs from Broadway composers Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes), performed by the voice cast. Lauren, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti (Vampirina) also perform the series’ theme song. ❤️❤️❤️
Patti LuPone and Brian Stokes Mitchell are also part of the cast as Vee’s grandparents, Nanpire and Grandpop, while Wanda Sykes voices Vampirina’s cantankerous yet loyal gargoyle sidekick Gregoria.
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Following the news of Lauren being the keynote speaker at Langley High School, Lauren’s former high school mate and Editor in Chief of Glamour magazine, Cindi Leive asked her what she would have told her own high-school self and it “turns out her insights are required reading for people of every age.“
I don’t think we even had a graduation speaker! Given that, what do you wish someone had said to you when you were about to graduate?
You don’t have to have done anything by now. There doesn’t have to be some sign that you’re destined for anything in particular. I remember feeling a huge amount of anxiety and worry and pressure. At that point, I was headed into acting school. That was 100 percent the only thing I thought I wanted to do. But then, I got through my first year of college and I was, like, humming and rolling around, pretending to be a lion [in acting classes at NYU] and visiting [our classmate] Charlie Gregg at Harvard, where he was actually learning things. So I changed my mind: I decided I actually wanted a different kind of education, and that was an incredibly freeing idea. [Lauren then transferred to Barnard College.] How could I possibly have known everything I was supposed to know about the way to conduct my life as a senior in high school? And on the other hand, I live with someone now [actor Peter Krause] who didn’t find an interest in being an actor until the very end of college. So my message is: There’s so much freedom left. There’s no ticking clock. It’s just not true.
Do you think that pressure is greater today? It’s the age of Zuckerberg and all these other people who do capital “G” great things and find their callings when they are 18.
Yes, I think there’s more pressure to stand out in a way that is measurable externally. The fame culture is definitely way worse and weirder than it was when we were in high school. You know, I always say we had Star Search and that was it. [Laughs.] Now, you can be a star in so many ways. But I am here to tell you, there’s nothing in people knowing you. There’s actually a loss in that! Really, the reward in life is genuinely the day of work you have. It’s not the name you’re making for yourself or the clicks and likes—it’s such an illusion.
Somehow this feels related: I threw my Fit Bit away. I wasn’t in better shape measuring everything than I was just feeling myself. Everything is much more externally driven now. And I wonder—I’m gonna try to talk about this in a secular way, but where’s the spirituality of just being a person? I think it contributes to this rise in bad manners and mean comments; people are being driven by seeking something that’s just designed to keep them seeking something. I’m not reducing people in this age to phone-addicted dum dums, but we have to remind ourselves to also study compassion and inner life as well.
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