ANGELES — Lauren Graham pulls a laptop from her purse.
an overcast day in West Hollywood, and the actress —
just back from a jaunt to Berlin to promote the global
launch of Netflix’s revival of "Gilmore
Girls" — is sitting in a conference room at her
publicist’s office when she abruptly reaches into her
bag to grab the faux-marble-coated gadget. It’s a
couple of weeks before those long-anticipated final four
words of "Gilmore Girls" will be analyzed ad
nauseam so, no, she’s not combing through think
is what I did every chance I had," she says,
opening up the computer and hunching over to illustrate
how she managed to write a book while simultaneously
reprising her career-defining role as fast-talking
Lorelai Gilmore in "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the
Life," which die-hard fans gobbled up over
what she did just outside Luke’s Diner, in the bounds
of Miss Patty’s dance school, even while at the
Dragonfly Inn. There is hardly a place in Stars Hollow,
the fictional setting of "Gilmore Girls," that
didn’t serve as a makeshift writing sanctuary for
Graham as she crafted a collection of essays.
"Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to
Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)," out
this week, completes the Gilmore-ification of November.
single scene you see, I was also working on the book in
between takes," Graham says.
loved that I had to act that out for you, as if you don’t
know what a person on a computer looks like," she
adds with a laugh.
49-year-old author and actress writes with wit about her
childhood as a theater-loving kid (who at one point
lived on a houseboat in the Virgin Islands), her early
years as an actor and finding love in Hollywood (she is
dating her former "Parenthood" costar Peter
as the title suggests, "Gilmore Girls" also
gets plenty of ink. Graham, who starred in a few
short-lived sitcoms prior to her breakout role, recounts
landing the part (and almost having to give it up
because she was on another series). The final chapter
takes readers through the making of the revival.
wondered if rebooting ‘Gilmore Girls’ could be as
gratifying as doing the series the first time, if the
show would feel as fresh and quirky and smart and speedy
as it had been, if returning to Stars Hollow after all
those years would be as I dreamed it would be," she
writes in the book. "Spoiler alert: it was."
Graham to show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and it’s
clear there was an ease in resurrecting the Lorelai
persona nine years after the show went off the air.
thing about Lauren Graham is there’s nothing you can
throw at her that she can’t do," says Sherman-Palladino.
"That is a soul-satisfying feeling to be able to
write any scene exactly the way you wanted it on paper
and know she’s going to kick it out of the ballpark.
That’s rare. It’s just really rare."
had originally set out to write a follow-up to her 2013
debut, "Someday, Someday, Maybe," about a
twentysomething actress trying to catch a break, but she
felt that idea growing stale. (She still owes publisher
Penguin Random House another book and has an idea for
pulling some characters from "Someday" in a
way that wouldn’t strictly be a sequel.)
had been asked to do a book of essays or a memoir-type
thing before, and I just felt like it wasn’t
justified," says Graham of "Talking as Fast as
I Can." "But to me, if (‘Gilmore Girls’)
came back, that kind of gave it a purpose. It was
everything coming full circle."
if readers are looking for juicy tidbits of on-set
discord on "Gilmore Girls" or
"Parenthood," which ended its six season run
in 2015, they won’t be found within the 224 pages.
sister said, ‘All you say is nice stuff,’"
Graham says, somewhat apologetically. "But that’s
really all I had to say. There was nothing to hide. I’m
always of two minds about any behind-the-scenes stuff.
It was a dark day when I saw the ‘Downton Abbey’
cast in street makeup. I really love to be transported
and not to think about how they might shop at Whole
Foods. I felt that way in what I want to share."
person, it’s easy to distinguish Graham from her most
recognizable role. She turns down an offer for coffee
from her publicist and speaks in a rhythm that allows
for oxygen to be replenished.
it’s also clear she doesn’t mind being closely tied
to the character — at one point, she’s curious to
know what Sherman-Palladino has said about the chances
for more episodes, as if keeping score of its
Graham certainly wouldn’t face many objections to
continuing her acting work for "Gilmore Girls"
or any other TV or film project, she is also building
her reputation as a writer.
Someday, Maybe" was developed as a CW pilot, for
which she wrote the script. She also co-wrote a female
late-night host comedy that received an NBC development
deal. Her latest project, which she is tackling with her
"Parenthood" daughter Mae Whitman, is a movie
adaptation of "The Royal We," a book from
GoFugYourself.com creators Jessica Morgan and Heather
Cocks about an American girl-next-door who falls in love
with a guy who happens to be the future king of England.
like making something of my own," Graham says.
"It’s much harder than being an actor, but I
think it feels like a way to grow creatively. It wasn’t
a calculated career move to start writing. I woke up
with some ideas in my head, and I put them down. I’m
certainly not perfect, but I’ve learned enough to know
these things are not going to create themselves without
some discipline, so I kind of just went down that road,
and here we are."
fondly remembers her first introduction to Graham’s
writing — it came in the form of a poem around
Christmastime during "Parenthood’s" run that
she describes as "so genuine and hilarious and so,
so smart, without being the least bit manipulative or
then I knew that we would see great things from her in
the writing department," Whitman says. "I
mean, I’ve had her write break-up texts for me, for
God’s sake! Side note: I do not necessarily condone or
recommend breaking up with anyone over a text; but if
you’ve got to do it, get yourself a Lauren Graham.
Trust me … I think the most amazing thing to me about
her writing is that she’s able to be so inclusive and
present and so genuinely funny without ever being mean
or cutting anyone down. She’s like the Jim Henson of
the writing world."
while Graham is happy to have come full circle in Stars
Hollow, she’s looking forward to what takes shape
been really fun to know what I was doing and know when
it was coming out and know what’s on my plate that I
needed to finish," she says. "But it’ll be
really fun to not know what’s next."