In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories 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-talking 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 later, 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 butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).
In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.
Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting 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 book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.
While re-watching the series I found myself being continuously amazed by Lauren Graham’s (aka Lorelai Gilmore’s) perfect memorization of her long winded tangents. In true fangirl fashion, I wanted to see if I could find past interviews of her speaking on having to remember such long scripts, but discovered that she wrote an autobiography on the very topic back in 2016! I did not have the patience to wait for Amazon’s 2 day delivery and checked out the audiobook from my local library online and dove right in that night!
Usually I am not a huge fan of Audiobooks. I find the pace slow and irrationally irritating but that is not an issue when Lauren’s reading! I felt more like I was having a coffee date with her and she was telling me the funniest story that happened to her in true Gilmore fashion. I was laughing out loud along side her throughout the book.
As much as I’d love to say you can enjoy this book without having watched Gilmore Girls, I may be lying. The book is split into 2 sections, the first being about her early acting career and what it was like being apart of the show in its heyday. The second half focuses on life after the fact as well and what it was like going back for the mini reunion special that was released in late 2016. Her life is certainly still interesting even without having seen the show before, but I don’t think the book would have the same overall punch.
I 100% recommend going back to watch this TV classic and then dive into the behind the scenes with Lauren Graham in this memoir. And if you ever watch to gush about how amazing Luke is, my inbox is always open!