Published by Ballantine Books on November 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Humor
Narrator: Lauren Graham
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.
I fell in love with Gilmore Girls when I was in college. The show was still on, but it was nearing it’s final season. Netflix was new, and at the time I started watching Gilmore Girls, Netflix only offered discs in the mail. I decided to try Gilmore Girls and requested the first few discs from season 1. I fell instantly in love. Back then, while I loved the story lines between all the Gilmore women, I was most interested in Rory’s life. But as I’ve aged, I’ve grown to adore Lorelei, and also Lauren Graham. So I knew I needed to read Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. And it was everything I was hoping for, and more.
Listening to Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can was such a delight. I loved learning so much about her. Graham definitely has a sense of humor, and it really shows in this book. I was pretty impressed with her writing, as well.
I was fascinated hearing her thoughts on what it was like skipping Kindergarten, and how it always left her feeling a little behind everyone else. She didn’t go into first grade (as a five year old) thinking she was brilliant. She felt a little out of place, and that feeling never really left throughout school because she was always one year younger than everyone else.
Lauren Graham also had some great thoughts on what it’s like being single, specifically for a long period of time. I can relate to that!
But, more than anything, I loved hearing her thoughts and feelings about being Lorelei Gilmore. It sounds like it was such a special experience, and that everyone developed such wonderful connections on set. Hearing how Graham felt coming back to play Lorelei Gilmore again was really fascinating, too. And all her talk about those last four words of the series cracked me up, regardless of how I felt about the ending of the revival.
Basically, if you are a fan of Gilmore Girls, you will love Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham.
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