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.
The show premieres on Disney Junior this fall.
Lauren donated 5 signed copies of “Talking as Fast as I Can” to the Authors for Grenfell Tower’s online auction.
Authors for Grenfell Tower: An Online Auction is raising money for the British Red Cross to go to residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire (more info here)
To bid on one of Lauren’s signed (and personalized) books click here and comment on the item with your amount in GBP sterling. The auction is open worldwide. Bidding ends at 8:00 p.m. BST on Tuesday 27 June 2017.
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.
Click here to read the full interview: Lauren Graham on What She’d Tell Her High-School Self and the Future of ‘Gilmore Girls’
In this new interview with Awardsdaily.com, Lauren talks about returning to Lorelai Gilmore after 10 years, that pivotal moment, and why she’s actually more like Rory:
Strangely enough, Lorelai’s most emotional moment in the entire Netflix series involves no dialogue at all. During Stars Hollow: The Musical when she’s spurred by the song “Unbreakable,” she makes a bold decision: to pursue Cheryl Strayed’s Wild journey (book or movie?) and hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
“That song is genuinely moving. And she sees in this person, a loneliness, a vulnerability, and I think the song is about that being a fact of life, that it’s human to realize you’re not unbreakable and you’re not an island. In that moment, the real actor-y way to think about it is that she knows she has some growing up to do. She realizes she’s kept herself isolated in some way and hasn’t really given over to this person in her life, and so she’s going on a soul-searching mission and that connection to that song is what sends her forward.”
Click here to read the full interview: Lauren Graham on Why Lorelai’s Most Pivotal Moment Involved No Dialogue
As announced here a few weeks ago, Lauren is a guest on TVline’s Dream Emmy Nominee Q&A and you can now listen to the 37min conversation between her and Michael Ausiello!
She talked about the Gilmore Girls revival, her failed pilot “Linda from HR“, her guest role in the upcoming season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and all of her writing projects (a bonus chapter for the paperback version of “Talking As Fast As I Can“, available on October 3rd)
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Lauren was the keynote speaker at Langley High School’s Graduation yesterday (her former High School)!
More pictures on our special page here: Langley High School’s Graduation – Pictures
Excerpts from her inspirational speech were also shared on Instagram:
More video from her speech on our other special page here: Langley High School’s Graduation – Videos