Format: audiobook; 4 hours and 38 minutes
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published Date: November 29, 2016
How I got it: My public library
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating: 4/5
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 loved watching Gilmore Girls years ago and I really enjoyed watching the 4 short mini episodes and still want more, so I couldn’t resist listening to Lauren Graham talk about Gilmore Girls in her book.
The book follows Lauren Graham as she tells us about the tales of her life. I listened to the audio version of this book and she narrates the entire thing so it was even more perfect!
Lauren starts off by telling us about her early days in acting and how she got her start. I loved hearing the details she gave about the important life events that shaped her into the actress she is today. I had no idea that singing was important to her at all since we didn't see much of that on Gilmore Girls. I enjoyed getting to know Lauren more as a person versus just her roles that she has played.
I loved getting to learn more about Gilmore Girls in the process of listening to this book. Lauren gives some highlights of her time when they were filming the original Gilmore Girls as well as information about the 4-episode reboot. I absolutely love that she feels the same way about the ending of the reboot.
My favorite part had to be about how she tries to keep her personal life separate from her work life. I enjoyed hearing about her family and other relationships that she had that she doesn’t talk about that often. I also loved how she tried to incorporate all the important people in her life into the Gilmore Girls reboot.
The book felt very personal to listen too. I would suggest listening to this book as Lauren Graham narrating brought it to life. If you enjoyed watching Gilmore Girls or Parenthood I would highly recommend this book. This book doesn’t have that much advice per say so I wouldn’t suggest reading it if you weren’t that interested in Lauren Graham.
Lauren Graham is an actor, writer, and producer best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.
She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, Someday, Maybe, and Talking as Fast as I Can.
Graham has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Because I Said So, and Max. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University.
She lives in New York and Los Angeles.