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Lauren Graham Actress

Lauren Graham, co-star of the "The Pacifier" Movie!

In addition to her movie roles, Lauren currently stars as "Lorelai Gilmore" on the WB's drama series "Gilmore Girls". Born on March 16, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lauren Graham has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Female Actor in a Drama Series for her sarcastic yet sensitive portrayal of Lorelai Gilmore. The role also earned Graham a Best Actress nod from Viewers for Quality Television, as well as an award as Best Actress in a Drama from the Family Friendly Forum. She recently completed production on the independent film Seeing Other People, with Jay Mohr, Josh Charles and Andy Richter. Last fall, Graham co-starred opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Miramax's hit film,Bad Santa, a black comedy about a man who masquerades as Santa to rob shopping malls. In 2002, she appeared on stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival starring in the comedy Once in a Lifetime. This 1929 comedy about the advent of the talking picture marked the first collaboration between famed playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Graham quickly landed a recurring role as Richard's (Malcolm Gets) relentlessly sunny girlfriend, Shelly, in the first season of Caroline in the City. Recurring roles followed as Graham played an efficiency expert hoping to downsize the staff of NewsRadio and a Los Angeles studio executive who pursued Benjamin Bratt when his marriage was on the rocks on Law & Order. In addition, Graham guest-starred on Seinfeld and 3rd Rock From the Sun. She was a regular on the comedy series Conrad Bloom and Townies and then starred as a high school administrator dealing with her disruptive niece on M.Y.O.B. prior to landing the role of Lorelai on Gilmore Girls. Showing her versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles, Graham appeared on the big screen opposite Keanu Reeves in the Warner Bros. feature film Sweet November. She starred in the independent film Dill Scallion on VH-1, which was a mockumentary on the world of country music in which Graham had very big hair. Graham's first feature film was the thriller Nightwatch, starring Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor. She also played Renee Zellweger's best friend and confidante in the Meryl Streep drama One True Thing. Growing up an avid equestrian in Northern Virginia, she attended Barnard College in New York, where she majored in English. She then earned an M.F.A. in acting from Southern Methodist University. Graham currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lauren Graham Stars With Vin Diesel in "The Pacifier"

Lauren Graham on Working with Vin Diesel and Choosing Movie Roles
"Gilmore Girls" star Lauren Graham takes on the role of school principal in the comedy movie, "The Pacifier," starring Vin Diesel, Faith Ford, Brittany Snow, and Brad Garrett.

Lauren Graham was last seen on the big screen opposite Billy Bob Thornton in "Bad Santa" where she played a bartender who was sexually attracted to men in Santa suits. In "The Pacifier," Graham's character is much more controlled about her urges, but she still manages to end up with the guy. As Vin Diesel's onscreen love interest, Graham not only gets to bat her eyelashes and play the romantic lead, she also gets in on a little of the action by showing off some smooth hand-to-hand combat skills.

INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN GRAHAM ('Claire'):

Did you have to do any physical preparation?
For my big stunt? (Laughing) Yeah. You choreograph it and stuff but initially it was fun to me. I wanted to do more of that. They had gotten me a stunt person, and they were like, “Noooo! You're not going to be doing that.” And then my stunt person got injured because that's how difficult the stunt is. Really tough. So I ended up getting to do it myself. There's a lot of preparation because they want you to be safe and know what you're doing. It was fun.

How are you with kids in real life?
I'm good. I was a camp counselor for many years… I really like kids because when you do the hours I do on that show, you never see anybody. You never see your own family, let alone other people's families, so it's very soothing to hold a baby.

Can you be a disciplinarian if you have to?
Yeah. I don't know. I'm not a parent, I just play one on TV. Until you do it yourself, you don't know how you'd be. I grew up in a family where there was no yelling and screaming as discipline. It was like, the rules were clear and the worst my dad could say is I'm really disappointed in you. That kind of thing. I don't think I'd be so tough. I can tell them what to do a little bit.

Was it more fun doing "Bad Santa" or this?
I have this character I do every day, so anything is sort of a refreshing change. Anything is such a slower pace. We cram [on “Gilmore Girls”]. We do 12 pages regularly on the TV show [each day]. You never have enough time. I talk so much, my brain is working overtime. I'm memorizing. So any new experience, I get a lot out of. The Billy Bob movie was more of a character to build. Here [in "The Pacifier"], I'm serving the hero and trying to be real and natural and smooch him at the end. It wasn't so much about creating a character. I really love to work so it was fun.

Was Vin a good kisser?
He was a good kisser. He has a beautiful mouth. He's very sexy.

Do you normally go for tough guys like that?
No. I normally go for bookish, skinny Irish guys. (Laughing) But those muscles are so fascinating to me. I went out with somebody once who rowed heavyweight crew, and his legs were like hams. It's not nice to poke your co-star and squeeze them, so I tried to keep it together.

How did Vin do as a parental figure?
I think he did great. The kids came to him. You'd think that he's such an imposing figure, they'd be slightly afraid of him. But maybe because he's fun to climb on, they really clung to him and hung out with him and looked up to him. He had an easy time with that. He has an even-tempered, quiet sort of way about him. He was nice with them.

Will there be a “Pacifier 2?”
I don’t know. I've been at work and haven't seen the movie. Does it leave you wondering where does the duck go from here? Is there an unanswered question? If it takes off, it could be a franchise for (Vin). You can see that guy in another comedic situation and he's the guy to do it. He's our Arnold, after all.

Do you have any more movie projects lined up?
I did this movie with Jeff Bridges called "The Moguls.” It's just another little part. I'm a huge fan of his. It's just a little indie movie. I'm also looking at some stuff now for the summer. It's a little early to know yet.

Who do you play?
I'm a love interest-y person. It's Jeff's movie. He plays a down-on-his luck loser who tries to make a porno film because it's the only way he can make money. But there's no nudity. It's not even as dark as “Bad Santa.” He and his friends think it will be a great business opportunity. It's all these interesting actors like Bill Fichtner and Joe Pantiliano and Ted Danson. It's a sweet loser movie. And I play an ex-Playboy Bunny that says no to the porno movie but yes to Jeff Bridges.
Is the selection of movie roles better during your hiatus?
It's always tricky to plan that because it's such a specific period of time. There are always things that, had I been available, would have been amazing opportunities. That's frustrating. As long as I keep building a film career… You know, I've been the lead in a TV show but never the lead in a movie. That's a different process and I'm not there yet. As long as I can keep working with different people and working my way up, then it's really satisfying for me.

Sometimes, I think from "Bad Santa," all the stuff I'm reading, I'm on top of some guy. It's gratifying because I didn't used to get seen that way before. But once they see you play a 'ho, then, man, you're in the like, “Let's get her to play that sleazy role.” But it's fun. The parts for women, you're either like the quietly suffering wife or you're the wild girl. As long as I can do a bit of both, I guess.

Do you do a feature every break?
Yeah.

How do you choose projects?
I'd been trying to work with Adam Shankman and he offered this to me. I knew I'd have a great time and it fit… Sometimes you lose something, there was something I really wanted to do last year, it started a month before the show ended. They tried to work it out. Yeah, it's a crazy schedule.

So you didn't shift your schedule for this movie?
You don't shift [a schedule] around me. God no. We were in Canada, which was fun. It was where we shot the pilot for “The Gilmore Girls” too. Toronto's like my second home.

How many seasons have you been on and are you signed for a certain number?
Five, and we're signed for seven. It looks like we're coming back for next year. We're having a nice ratings year, which is mainly what they care about. The show is in a fun place. There's some good conflict and good stuff to play. I could see it one more year and I don't know the year after that.

It's changed my life - that schedule. It's not a complaint, the reality of that work is that I miss a balanced life. I don't know that it would go beyond seven [years]. You want the story to end when it's supposed to and not be squeezed for somebody's financial gain, neither mine nor the studio. Seven could be the perfect time. [Rory] could graduate from college and I'm sure there will be some double wedding, or something like that.

Do young mothers come up to you asking for advice?
Not so much advice, but I do get a lot of single parents who say it's been a bonding experience for them to be able to watch the show, which is a wish-fulfillment of the best possible scenario, being a single parent. It was just me and my dad for a long time. It was much harder. That's TV, so it makes life a little better. The nicest compliment is when people say we watch it over the phone or we get together [to watch it]. It's been a generational kind of bonding experience. So that's nice.

Would you ever do another series?
I wouldn't do these hours again. I wouldn't do a one-hour series again unless it was an ensemble or something. When you've had a part like this and been the lead in a show, what do you want to do? I'd maybe do a half-hour. I started doing half-hour comedy. Immediately, I'd take a year and try to make it a film year and pay my mortgage. I love television. What are the chances of having two long-running shows in your life? I don't know. But I'll try and find out.

Lauren Graham plays in the new action comedy ''The Pacifier''

On March 4th, 2005 Vin Diesel redefines what it means to be an action hero in Disney's family action-comedy The Pacifier. Lauren Graham, Faith Ford, Brittany Snow, Max Theriot, Morgan York, Carol Kane, and Brad Garrett also star.

Vin Diesel redefines what it means to be an action hero in the heartwarming family action-comedy "The Pacifier." Diesel stars as Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe who, as an elite member of the world's fiercest and most highly trained force thought he was prepared to take on any duty no matter how perilous or impossible... until he tried baby-sitting. Assigned to protect the five out-of-control children of an assassinated scientist working on vital government secrets, Shane is suddenly faced with the juggling two outrageously incompatible jobs: fighting the bad guys while keeping house. Replacing his usual arsenal of wetsuits and weapons with diapers and juice boxes, Shane not only must battle a deceptive enemy but wrangle teen rebel Zoe (Brittany Snow), sullen 14 year-old Seth (Max Theriot), 8 year-old Ninja-wanna-be Lulu (Morgan York), as well as 3 year-old Peter and baby Tyler - not to mention their off-beat Romanian Nanny (Carol Kane). But while drop zones, demolitions and destroying enemy targets come naturally to Shane, he has no idea what tough really is until he pits his courage against diapering, den-mothering and driver's education. He's truly a SEAL out of water, and now it's up to this one-time lone warrior to take on the most important mission of his life: keeping a family together.

Art of being Lauren Graham

Diva Drawbacks: "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.'"
I Dream Of Jean-ie: "My character has louder taste in clothes, I think. Personally, all I ever want to be wearing are jeans."

Dear Lorelai: "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."

Diva Drawbacks: "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.'"
I Dream Of Jean-ie: "My character has louder taste in clothes, I think. Personally, all I ever want to be wearing are jeans."

Dear Lorelai: "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 Graham was always a bookish shy kid

Find out why Lauren Graham thinks she's like Rory Gilmore.

The quality and/or trait I most admire in my closest friend is:
A sense of humor.

My friends can always count on me to:
Cook good butterscotch brownies.

The best concert I ever went to was:
The first concert I ever went to. That was Pat Benatar.

I never leave home without:
A book to read if things get boring.

If I could step into the shoes of any rock star for a day it would be:
Madonna.

I'm completely obsessed with:
Mad Cow Disease.

Out of all the characters on The WB I most identify with:
Alexis' character, Rory. Growing up I was always a bookish, kind of shy kid.

If we peeked in your fridge we would find:
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.

 

''The Gilmore Girls'' second season DVD released

It has been a huge ratings success, but The Gilmore Girls has emerged as a reliable and often outstanding program for the WB. The Gilmore Girls-The Complete Second Season, a six-disc package, is being released Dec. 7. It features all 22 episodes, and some other special features and interviews, plus tidbits and nuggets about the series and the characters. The show's strength remains the bond between mother and daughter (Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel) as well as the various quirky characters whose misadventures keep intersecting with the lives of the Gilmore Girls. Each week the writers also concoct dialog that can be witty, maddening, confusing and comical, and often utilizes inside jokes, references to bygone cultural figures and nods to classic films and television shows. The Gilmore Girls isn't given the creative freedom or leeway with language that shows on cable take for granted, yet their episodes are frequently unpredictable and inventive.

Lauren Graham: One Hot Mama

The show may be called The Gilmore Girls, but compared with her pouty-mouthed pubescent WB costars, Lauren Graham, at 32, is positively ancient. Call her a late bloomer. As an English major at Barnard, she decided to pass on the waitress route to acting and went straight to drama grad school at Dallas' SMU.

Then came the barrage of bit parts and near breaks: A recurring role as Richard's annoyingly perky girlfriend in Caroline in the City, guest spots on NewsRadio and Law & Order and full-time roles in short-lived shows--Good Company, Townies, Conrad Bloom, M.Y.O.B.

Now, it looks like Graham's found a show with sticking power--Gilmore Girls is a critical favorite for fall. And though her Lorelai Gilmore is twice the age of her onscreen daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel), she's one hip mama, with a penchant for Macy Gray CDs and mood-enhancing lipgloss.

And next year, Graham costars with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron in Sweet November, in which a hot and heavy scene between Graham and Reeves guarantees to boost her PG-13 rating. Which got us to wondering... What was it like playing tonsil hockey with Keanu? "The opening scene is people having raucous and impersonal sex. I'm naked, he's naked, we're naked together. I'm not sure you'll see certain things on camera, but it was really funny. We had just met the day before, and the first thing we shot was the sex scene. We tried to shoot with stuff on, but they were seeing underwear on the side--so we shot naked." Gee, naked with Keanu Reeves--sounds tough. "I can't explain how nice and mellow he is. It's just as weird for him--and he's famous, so it's probably weirder. It's really an out-of-body experience. You have to trust the director."

She also looks pretty hot on Gilmore Girls. Does she think she'd be that hip as a mom? "I don't know. 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."
Would she ever attempt single momhood? "Oh, God, I was raised by my dad, so I know how hard it is. I hope I won't have to do that, because it's rough."
Does she dread family dinners with the folks as much as Lorelai does? "No. The family dinners on this show become a sore point, because I've lost touch with my parents. But they're helping me out with money. That always makes family relationships tough. I enjoy dinners with my daddy, and, um, it's not quite as bad as it is there."
She's a caffeine addict on the show. Does she actually guzzle that much coffee while she works? "I definitely drink a huge amount of coffee--a good three store-bought coffees a day. At one point, because I had so much, they started giving me decaf [on the show]. It was not my request, but I think they were nervous about where things were headed if the caffeine continued."
Her love interest on the show, Scott Patterson, is pretty sexy. Who else would be her ideal leading man? "I don't know. I wouldn't pick anybody from 'N Sync. I love Jeff Bridges. I like guys who have some gravity and look like they can ride a horse." Um, a horse? "Yeah. It's not a requirement. I just like that rugged look."

 

Graham's 'Gilmore Girls' success took a while to build

Few might guess that actress Lauren Graham, who plays the feisty Lorelai in "Gilmore Girls," was very shy as a kid.

"I masked it," she says. "I was always perceived to be tougher than I was. I had a sarcastic sense of humor. I remember at summer camp them thinking I was sassy or 'fresh.' ... It was really my sense of humor, but people didn't take it the right way -- which is funny -- because that's exactly the character I play basically."

Being fresh and edgy has earned Graham a place in the annals of television. On Tuesday "Gilmore Girls" will air its 100th episode on the WB.

While the luminous Graham might seem everyone's dream girl, she was quite the opposite in high school.

"I was awkward ... always self-conscious and didn't feel comfortable ... I was on the drill team one year, was in student government, but never identified myself as ... 'pretty."'

Sitting across from her, "pretty" is the first thing you think of. But Graham surprises you. A bookish girl, she was reared by her father after her mother left to pursue her own career when Lauren was 5.

"Being raised by my dad was a defining feature of my life for sure because it was very unusual for there to be any single parents at the time, and especially a dad," she says. "

She started her college career a conservatory for "artists," but backed out when she realized she needed to learn more academics.

She transferred to Barnard College in New York City, majoring in English, struggling through what she calls her "Ramen" days.

"I went to this really expensive school and looking back I think I should've gone to some Virginia state school. We just didn't have the money for me to be there," says Graham, 37.

Tying to be an actress in New York proved overwhelming.

"That was really the most baffling thing," she says. "I had at least two jobs trying to pay rent on this tiny, awful apartment. ... I just thought this could take forever to get anyone to notice."

She applied for graduate school in Texas on a partial scholarship.

"When we graduated we did a showcase in New York and Chicago and I got an agent from that showcase," she says.

She didn't work as an actress for two years. "I taught test preps for the Princeton Review. That was a really a good job because it paid really well and was fairly flexible. I waitressed and ... did a combination of things."

She started emoting in commercials and the one she did for Cascade dishwashing soap kept her afloat for two years.

"There were times I had to ask my dad for money and they got really bad, but commercials really helped me come to L.A.," she says.

In Los Angeles she slept on her aunt's couch and scoured the papers for auditions. Surprisingly she was cast almost immediately in a TV pilot that never aired.

It took six years to rev up her career.

When the chance at "Gilmore Girls" came up, Graham was already committed to "MYOB," another sitcom, though it hadn't aired and no one knew how successful it would be.

Luckily for her, it became a casualty of the ratings and she landed on "Gilmore Girls."

Emerging from a long-term relationship, Graham says she'd like to marry and have a family someday.

Her hours are along and it's difficult to wedge in time for a relationship.

"You don't have a choice," she says. "This is what I wanted to do; it would be great if I had it all, but maybe later." Lance Staedler / The WB Believe it or not, actress Lauren Graham was shy as a kid. Graham has since overcome her shyness and stars on the series, 'Gilmore Girls,' which celebrates its 100th episode on Tuesday.

Fans happy about 'Gilmore Girls' romance

Longtime fans of the WB series "Gilmore Girls" have expressed delight that the gruff coffee shop owner Luke portrayed by actor Scott Patterson has finally started a romance with Lorelai, played by Lauren Graham.

Fans are curious about something more personal when they stop Patterson on the street.

"They want to know primarily if we're dating in real life," Patterson told reporters on Saturday, "and I always tell them we are."

Not true.

The characters' transition from friends to lovers has caused some changes on the set, however.

"Altoids," Patterson said. "A lot more Altoids."

'Gilmore Girls' is looking good

``Gilmore Girls'' are good. ``Jack & Bobby'' –not so much.

Riding on the Luke-Lorelai romance and Rory's ``girl gone wild'' college career, the WB's best series has rebounded from last season's creative slump to become the network's top-rated show with its core audience, women 18-34.

Tonight's 100th episode (7 p.m. on Channel 11) is the first after a long string of repeats intended to stretch the season as long as possible. Meanwhile, Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson have been answering a lot of questions about their on-screen love affair, four years in the making.

People ask Patterson ``if we're dating in real life, and I tell them we are.'' (They aren't.) Graham comforts fans worried that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will put obstacles in the couple's path. (``They can't just be `you're pretty' –`you're prettier' all the time,'' Graham says.) Sherman-Palladino's take on the romance: ``As long as we find interesting ways for them to be who they are, I think we can keep it going for as long as we want.''

As for Rory (Alexis Bledel), expect more college escapades. ``A kid like Rory, when she (messes) up, it should be huge,'' Sherman-Palladino says.

Despite flourishing movie careers for Graham and Bledel, ``Gilmore Girls'' will almost certainly return next season, WB bosses strongly suggest.

 


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