Lauren Graham Q&A: ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’
“It was quite a different time when I started that show. It kind of went by in a blur,” admits Lauren Graham about her seven seasons from 2000 to 2007 on “Gilmore Girls.” In our new interview (watch the exclusive video above), she discusses the recent four-part revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” on Netflix, which brought back almost all of the vast number of characters from Stars Hollow. She says, “We talked for so long about the prospect of doing it again. It was a moment I played so many times in my head, and it was even better than I could have imagined. The whole thing had a crazy, happy feeling to it.”
When the cult classic created by Amy Sherman-Palladino began, Graham was playing a 32-year-old single mom who had her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) at the young age of 16. She worked at an inn in the small town of Stars Hollow in Connecticut and was estranged from her wealthy parents (Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann). The series had dozens of recurring characters from the town, Rory’s school and later in college, boyfriends, co-workers (including Melissa McCarthy before her film fame), and more. Almost everyone returned for the sequel, which streamed this past November and is now eligible in the limited series categories for the 2017 Emmy Awards.
One person missing from the reunion was Herrmann (patriarch Richard Gilmore), who died in late 2014. Remembering her co-star, Graham reveals, “He always had such respect for whoever he deemed to be a true actor. That was someone who had a great sense of history, the craft, respect, knowledge, and an appreciation of others. There was just a joy he had in how he conducted himself every day.”
Regarding Bishop (her mother Emily Gilmore), especially with her funny yet emotional scenes in this four-parter, she says, “Kelly has incredible range, and the beauty of her Emily is how restrained she always is and was. When Emily has an emotional or happy moment, she’s really earned it. The benefit of our friendship and these years going by adds a texture.”
Graham has been quite busy since the series ended a decade ago. She had a long-running role on the drama series “Parenthood” as single mother Sarah Braverman. She has starred in the films “Evan Almighty,” “Flash of Genius,” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” She will next be seen in a top secret role with Larry David on the long-awaited return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for HBO later this year.