I could not wait to get my hands on Talking as Fast as I Can. As a huge Gilmore Girls fan and a total Lauren Graham fangirl, I needed it asap. I read this entire book in one sitting, and I wanted to immediately sit down and re-read it. It's a must read for fans of any of her shows or any aspiring actresses.
My rating: 5 stars.
Summary from goodreads:
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
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
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!”).
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.