With a bubbly personality and quick wit, Lauren Graham has found her way into the hearts of millions. She has become a mother figure to boys and girls everywhere and an icon to adults. From “Gilmore Girls” to “Parenthood” back to “Gilmore Girls,” she has created a following worldwide. But where did this magic woman come from?
To answer that question, though originally from Hawaii and Japan, she spent the majority of her childhood in a boat on the coast of the Virgin Islands. Raised by her dad and living on the water has taught her the meaning of home. Though for many years of her life not having 4 walls and a stable ground, she has become an on-screen mother we all adore. “It gave me the sense that there are different ways to live, there are different ways to pursue a career and there are different ways to have a family,” Lauren Graham told Good Housekeeping in 2016.
Lauren Graham was exposed to spotlight at a young age… but it wasn’t her that was in it. It was her mother. When she was a baby, her mom appeared on a Japanese talk show after TV had been recently invented and had maybe three channels. There’s a picture of her sitting on her Grandmother’s lap watching the almost comically small size of the television.
(via “Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between)
In “Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between,” Lauren Graham reminisces on all the ups and downs of her life. She touches on her struggles relating to school and finding her place in this world. She talks about landing the role of Lorelai Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls” the first time around. While writing the novel, she takes us through the episodes offering insight, behind-the-scene gossip, and what the cast thought about the scenes. She brings us back to the lively Stars Hollow and the chaos these ladies endured.
When “Gilmore Girls” shot its last scene and the cast took its final bow, Graham noticed feeling melancholy. She loved the character she played but also felt the excitement of being able to take on another role, which leads us to “Parenthood.” From playing one quirky mom to another, Lauren Graham knew how to play the part and play it well. Sarah Braverman was just as idiosyncratic as Lorelai Gilmore but she did speak at a slower rate. For five years, the show found its heart in thousands across the nation and Graham was still doing what she loved. When she got the call that “Gilmore Girls” was to be revived on Netflix, she was both excited and very nervous.
After stepping away from Lorelai for many years, Graham strayed away from the character but never lost her. She worked on the role daily and knew how much it would take to do her justice once again. “It’s been amazing to revisit these characters all these years later. When the show ended, I wasn’t done. I was left wanting more. So it’s just incredible to get to do it again,” Lauren Graham told Vanity Fair in 2016. “I love playing Lorelai. I always felt a kinship with this part. There’s a joy and a wonder in how she approaches everything. She’s always upbeat, and I love her sense of humor and the lens through which she sees the world. It’s very uplifting and an energizing part to play. It’s really one of the best written roles.”
Amongst her work in TV shows and movies, she has published two novels: “Someday, Someday, Maybe,” and “Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between.” In each novel, she accounts her experiences in showbiz and aims to tell the truth to readers. “Someday, Someday, Maybe,” published in 2013, focuses on deglamorizing the lifestyle to keep it real and to show the struggles and anguish tied to the job. “Talking As Fast As I Can” centralizes around “Gilmore Girls,” offering some background on her life so readers can feel acquainted to her story and understand the person behind the beloved role.
Though “Gilmore Girls: A Year in The Life” has finished rolling, she is not against the idea of bringing it back for the third time but she does have her reservations. “Now it’s become what could we do with this story that is satisfying, that is worth continuing? I don’t know if there is a need to do more,” Graham told E News in 2017. “I would never want to make it feel like we’ve overstayed our welcome.” Though the show ended on a cliffhanger, no one really knows what is it come.