Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
Published: November 29th 2016 by Ballantine Bookes
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: nonfiction, autobiography
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.
When I first discovered this book in Target in December, I thought Lauren Graham writes books? I immediately wanted to get it, but alas that trip to Target was not for books for myself, but for Christmas presents. Alas, it wouldn’t be until almost a month later before I could finally get my hands on this book!! (Thank you birthday money!)
I thought this book was very light and funny, exactly what you would think Lauren Graham would sound like if she was sitting right next to you discussing life. I didn’t know that she wrote another book already, so I am definitely going to go check it out the next time I am ordering books off of Amazon.
My favorite parts of the book was well basically all of it, but especially the parts where she discusses the original Gilmore Girls and what it was like back then and then her time on the revival. I don’t remember how I discovered the show in the first place, but I do remember that my roommate back in college and I would watch the reruns on ABC Family every morning while getting ready for the day. It was our little tradition and even though I have all of the DVDs, I love that I can binge watch them on Netflix anytime I want. It drives my husband nuts!
If you love Lauren Graham then you will not want to miss this memoir! It was fast paced, funny, and very down to Earth.