Lauren Graham

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Lauren Graham

Born

3/16/1967, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Birth Name

Lauren Helen Graham

Gender

Female
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Lauren moved from Hawaii to the D.C. area at age five, where she was raised by her father, Lawrence. She attended Langley High School and earned a B.A. in English from Barnard College in New York City. She earned her Master's in Acting from Southern Methodist University's Meadows…more

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  • Trivia

    • Lauren is currently dating her Parenthood co-star Peter Krause.

    • Lauren is ranked #97 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".

    • Lauren made her Broadway debut as Miss Adelaide in the revival of Guys and Dolls. The show opened to the general public March 1, 2009 at the Nederlander Theater. It ended its run on June 14, 2009 after 28 previews and 113 performances.

    • Actress Melissa McCarthy, who played Sookie on Gilmore Girls, once stated that Lauren had about 700 pages of dialogue per week while filming the show. McCarthy has said in previous interviews that Lauren was as close to having a photographic memory as possible, and the series would have been impossible without her.

    • In 2007, after Gilmore Girls ended, Lauren accepted a reported seven-figure deal with NBC to star in a series that was being developed specifically for her. However, due to the writers strike the deal ended amicably.

    • In the 2007 family comedy Evan Almighty, Lauren's more faith-driven character is a considerable contrast from her role in Gilmore Girls, where religion wasn't a part of her life at all, and in fact, the subject was subtly poked fun at by Lorelai and Rory in various episodes.

    • Lauren played the flute as a child.

    • While filming the 2007 film Because I Said So, there was a scene that required Lauren and her co-stars Diane Keaton, Piper Perabo, and Mandy Moore to walk around in their underwear. This proved to be awkward scene for many people, but especially Lauren, who has been quoted saying "We're all in our underwear, and it's just not right." You can sense Lauren's discomfort when you watch the scene; she is shown in her underwear for literally one second, and then she quickly puts on a robe, while her three co-stars linger a while before covering themselves up.

    • Of the two main men that have played perhaps the biggest roles in Lorelai Gilmore's life on Gilmore Girls, Lauren has acknowledged that she is closer with David Sutcliffe (Christopher Hayden) than Scott Patterson (Luke Danes)--although the TV show's plot would tell a different story.

    • Starting with the Season 7 episode To Whom It May Concern and continuing through out the rest of the season, Lauren was made a producer on Gilmore Girls, in what was supposed to be an attempt to persuade her to sign for an eighth season.

    • Lauren did voice-over commercials for the American Express Plum Card and also for Kellogg's Special K products.

    • Actor Jeff Bridges taught Lauren how to juggle on the set of the film The Amateurs.

    • Lauren enjoys being part of romantic comedies and likes working with stories about relationships.

    • In 2005, Lauren was one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People.' She is found at the "Beauty at Every Age, Age 38."

    • Lauren discovered acting while in elementary school and in high school where she was on the drill team.

    • Lauren was offered the female lead in the film Click but she turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with working on Gilmore Girls. Kate Beckinsale got the part instead.

    • One of Lauren's favorite perfumes to wear is Fracas by Robert Piguet.

    • As of January 2008, Lauren lives in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California.

    • As a child, Lauren was a tomboy and her primary ambition was to become a jockey; she had an imaginary friend that was a small horse named Strawberry. She gave up on this dream when she grew too tall and was been thrown off of a horse multiple times, breaking her toes and wrists on a number of occasions.

    • Lauren almost didn't get the part of Lorelai Gilmore on her critically acclaimed series, Gilmore Girls because she had a full season contract with another series titled M.Y.O.B, but the series was cancelled after 4 episodes and Lauren got the role which catapulted her to stardom.

    • Lauren was intended as the replacement for CSI: Miami star Khandi Alexander's character, Catherine Duke, in the series, NewsRadio. Lauren had a 4 episode run as "Andrea the Efficiency Expert," but she tested badly with audiences and she was subsequently written out of the show.

    • In 2003, Lauren was featured in a commercial for Aquafina with her TV daughter Alexis Bledel from her critically acclaimed series, Gilmore Girls.

    • Lauren is a honorary member of the Board of Camp Laurel, which is a camp for children living with HIV and AIDS.

    • Lauren was ranked 13th on E! Online's "Hollywood's Bachelorettes: Sexy and Single" 2004 list.

    • Before making it big Lauren supplemented her income from commercials by teaching SAT prep classes.

    • Lauren donned several costumes on the Halloween's of her childhood, including a Coconut, an Upside-Down-Man and a Bluebird. In the latter year, the Bluebird costume wasn't dry so her father put it in the oven and Lauren went to school with grill marks on her back.

    • Lauren's first paying job was as "Striker" in the 1994 World Cup Mascot.
      Her first paying in movies/TV job was for a Planned Parenthood video. Ironically, she played a pregnant teenager.

    • Lauren started her own production company in 2003 called Good Game. She runs the company with Kathy Ebel, a close friend from college.

    • Some of Lauren's favorite actors on television are Denis Leary, Rachel Griffiths, Ricky Gervais, and Ashley Jensen.

    • Lauren did a public service announcement for the organization "Women's Voices. Women Vote." The goal of the organization is to get more women to go out and vote.

    • Lauren's favorite shows include: Mad Men, Love International, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, 30 Rock, Project Runway, Six Feet Under and Extras. Her favorite classic shows include: The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Laverne and Shirley.

    • When Lauren was growing up her father would take her to the bookstore and buy her as many books as she could carry. To this day Lauren says that she never leaves home without "a book to read if things get boring."

    • When Lauren wants to get away from Hollywood she enjoys going to east coast beaches such as Sag Harbor.

    • Lauren joined "The March for Women's Lives Celebrity Coalition" in April 2004.

    • Lauren has a sandwich named after her at Pappa Charlie's Deli in Williamstown, MA called the Lauren Graham Sandwich. It consists of tomatoes, sautéed peppers, onions, mushrooms, 4 ounces of turkey, and is slid inside a pita with sprouts on top.

    • Lauren's hair takes one hour to blow dry straight.

    • Lauren has always hated the WB frog logo because the frog wore a tuxedo. She felt that since it was a frog, it should wear something more casual, such as shorts.

    • Lauren loves Japanese culture. When she was younger she had a Japanese nanny for two years. Her first word as a child was in Japanese.

    • During her down time on the set of Gilmore Girls Lauren does at least one crossword puzzle a day. She says every morning she is given the crossword puzzles from the New York Times and the L.A. Times, a Sudoku and a pen.

    • One of Lauren's actress heroes is Diane Keaton. The two worked together in the film Because I Said So.

    • Lauren played basketball in junior high and her father was her coach.

    • Lauren enjoys running and is an active cyclist. Having finished college; Lauren travelled across France and Spain on her bicycle, and to this day Lauren bikes to get from place to place on the Warner Bros Studio lot.

    • Lauren's favorite chocolate candy is See's caramels.

    • Lauren is a Roman Catholic.

    • Lauren wears glasses in real life and has on very rare occasions worn them in episodes of her hit show, Gilmore Girls.

    • Lauren was once offered money to pose nude in Playboy Magazine, but she declined.

    • While starring in the movie, The Pacifier, along side Vin Diesel, Lauren did her first and only stunt in the movie, in which she was to jump off a wall. Her stunt double was not used for the only stunt in which Lauren's character had to do, because she hurt her knee while attempting the stunt on the day of the shoot.

    • Lauren loves watching The Sound of Music. She has even attended the annual sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl.

    • Lauren's favorite movie is The Philadelphia Story.

    • Lauren was the lead in her high school's production of Hello, Dolly!.

    • Lauren was the last guest ever to appear on The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

    • Lauren is an investor in Grace Restaurant which is located in Los Angeles. Her friend is a chef at the restaurant.

    • Lauren dislikes working with her TV dog, Paul Anka, on Gilmore Girls because she doesn't find animal humor entertaining. Lauren has also always wanted to have a dog of her own. This dream came true in a German Shepherd named Hannah. Before Lauren got her dog, she had a cat named Frank that ran away due to her long hours on Gilmore Girls.

    • Lauren says that if she could step into the shoes of any rock star for a day, it would be Madonna.

    • Lauren says that her friends can always count on her to "cook good butterscotch brownies."

    • Lauren says that she is in the entertainment business because of the musical Funny Girl.

    • Lauren worked as a cocktail waitress in New York right before she moved to Hollywood.

    • Lauren worked as a music camp counselor for many years and the only song she knew how to play on the guitar was "Leaving on a Jet Plane."

    • The sight of blood makes Lauren sick.

    • Lauren has three half-siblings named Chris, Maggie, and Shauna; two from her father and one from her mother, who divorced when she was five years old, due to her mothers desire to pursue a music career. Her oldest sibling is 16 years younger then her.

    • Lauren lists David Letterman as a person she admires. She's appeared as a guest on his show several times.

    • Lauren is a big-time procrastinator; she likes starting things, but not finishing them.

    • Lauren enjoys attending musicals. Some of favorites include Funny Girl, The Sound of Music and Anything Goes.

    • Lauren considered getting a shamrock tattoo, as a shout-out to her Irish heritage.

    • Lauren has considered getting her belly-button pierced, but as of yet, hasn't worked up the courage.

    • Lauren has been romantically linked to actors Matthew Perry and Marc Blucas.

    • Lauren was paid $50,000 per episode of Gilmore Girls for seasons 1-4.

    • Lauren is 5'9" tall.

    • Lauren considers her face to be that of "an Irish peasant-farmer."

    • Lauren refers to actor Benjamin Bratt as "Mr. Superhottie."

    • Lauren made her stage debut in her elementary school's production of Paul Revere.

    • Lauren's grandparents thought she should be on Friends, which ironically was on opposite of her show, Gilmore Girls.

    • Although she was born in Hawaii, Lauren grew up in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

    • Lauren's Awards & Nominations:
      *2002 Golden Globe Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Nomination)
      *CNN: Showbiz Today Star of Tomorrow (Win)
      *2002 Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Nomination)
      *2005 57th Annual Emmy Awards: Best Dressed at the awards themselves.
      *2005 Teen Choice: Choice Parental Unit (Win)
      *2006 Teen Choice: Choice Parental Unit (Win)
      *2006 Family Television Awards: Best Actress (Win)

    • Education:
      -Cooper Middle School in McLean, Virginia
      -High School Degree from Langley High School in 1985.
      -Bachelor's Degree in English from Barnard College in New York City.
      -Master's Degree in Acting from Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts, Division of Theatre in Dallas, Texas; she attended on a scholarship.

  • Quotes

    • Lauren: I was such a tomboy as a kid. People were taking from their mothers' closet; I was taking from my dad's closet! It was the 80's, so it wasn't too bad, but I was wearing his dress shirts with jeans from the Gap--and not the Gap now, but the Gap when it was just jeans and flannel shirts. To me, that was a really great outfit.

    • Lauren: (on "Gilmore Girls" ending) I have mixed feelings about it. I felt that the show was telling us it was over. I felt that it was the right time. We were all feeling restless. Yet, you have become so attached to this person. You don't want to lose that. So, it was a struggle. It never got easier.

    • Lauren: (on the set of Because I Said So) We're all in our underwear, and it's just not right.

    • Lauren: (about actor George Clooney) He is, like, a stone cold fox. Can you argue with me? He's a stone cold fox! I just want to say that I stuck by George in the fat, hairy times, you know what I mean? Because everyone knows that that's how you get an Oscar, by getting fat and hairy. Let's just imagine that he's my Valentine's Day date! Wouldn't that be great?

    • Lauren: (about her on-screen daughter Alexis Bledel) I can't imagine a better partner to do this job with.

    • Lauren: (About the changes on Gilmore Girls after the departure of executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino) I feel real ownership in this show. I feel very invested in it. I care very much about it. I don't feel any more like a hired hand, you know? It's a strange feeling—I feel personally responsible for how the story goes. What happens. What the weaknesses are. And so in a way, some of the changes gave me an opportunity to have a voice in a different way.

    • Lauren: Texting is not flirting, if you don't care about me enough to say the words than that's not love, I don't like it!

    • Lauren: (if you looked in Lauren's fridge) You'd find Myoplex shakes and those little eye patches that you can freeze. I don't use them, but I leave them in my fridge. It makes me feel very Hollywood.

    • Lauren: (on the best concert she ever went to) The first concert I ever went to. That was Pat Benatar.

    • Lauren: (on which Gilmore Girls character she identifies most with) Alexis (Bledel's) character, Rory. Growing up I was always a bookish, kind of shy kid.

    • Lauren: I've made out more this season on a family-friendly show than ever in my actual life.

    • Lauren: Some people think my father was a spy, because of working for that government agency in Vietnam, but he can't find his car keys, much less keep a national secret.

    • Lauren: I'm nice, and I show up on time.

    • Lauren: (on skipping kindergarten) That's why I don't know how to share.

    • Lauren: If I had a normal job and had been moving up, I'd be management level now.

    • Lauren: (About sharing the same initials with her character her character Lorelai Gilmore) It means that if the show gets cancelled, I keep all the monogrammed towels.

    • Lauren: (On her relationship with Matthew Perry) People always put us together. I'm like, "When will you believe that two actors are actually telling the truth?" We actually enjoy each other, and we're hanging out because we're both single, not because we're together.

    • Lauren: (On her politics versus her father's) As I've gotten older, I've gotten more liberal, and my father is increasingly conservative. It's so shocking to me because I always thought we had the same politics. The day I realized we voted for different presidents, I practically fell out of my chair.

    • Lauren: (When asked what her own worst nightmare was) A sitcom named Lauren! I'll be in high heels and a skirt on a bike, singing my own theme song as I ride by.

    • Lauren: (About playing a 32 year old on Gilmore Girls) I'm so glad that I don't have to lie about my age anymore.

    • Lauren: (About her sexy portrayal of a mother on Gilmore Girls) One of the things I like about the show is it redefines the idea of what it is to be a mother, which at its most basic level is to take care of a child. It doesn't mean you have to look like the ladies in the Lysol commercials.

    • Lauren: I definitely wanted to be an actor. I didn't want to be on TV, I didn't want to be famous, I didn't want to be anyone in particular; I just wanted to do it. I see young people now who look at magazines, or American Idol and their goal is to have that lifestyle--to have good handbags, or go out with cute guys from shows, or whatever. But I definitely wanted to be an actor.

    • Lauren: Belly buttons are cool!

    • Lauren: Nobody ever seems to want my advice about serious stuff. People will be like: 'Who made that sweater?' Or 'How did you get your hair so straight?' They don't to come to me for the relationship advice or deep stuff. In fact, my little sister actually hides from me.

    • Lauren: (on Lorelai Glimore) My character has louder taste in clothes, I think. Personally, all I ever want to be wearing are jeans.

    • Lauren: These days I have to be extra nice in stores. It never fails that whenever I look as bad as I can possibly look or I am sort of cranky because the store is out of something, that is precisely the time when someone one will recognize me and say: 'I really like your show.'

    • Lauren: (On her career prior to "Gilmore Girls") I kept playing the bland friend, and my line was like 'Let's go get a sandwich!'

    • Lauren: Perspective is the most important thing to have in life.

    • Lauren: Growing up an only child with a single parent is probably why I'm an actor.

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