In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood shows narratives about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-speaking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years after, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her booty for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I ‘d a trend-induced blackout”).
In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for a heroic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-speaking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals what doing so has meant to her, and how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later.
Some more things you may learn about Lauren: She once attempted to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s mindful that assembly guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).
Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this novel is like a cosy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as quickly as possible.