PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 11: Lauren Graham attends the 2020 NBCUniversal Winter Press Tour 45 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 11, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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HFPA In Conversation: Lauren Graham Thrives on Positivity

Lauren Graham started acting in musical theatre and dreamed of a career on Broadway. Now she is fulfilling her desires with the musical comedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.  “I just thought this show has a big heart and I love things that are positive,” she tells HFPA journalist Elisabeth Sereda.

She plays a tech company’s boss and mentors Zoey (Jane Levy). “I was stepping into a part that was pretty small. It was just fun to do something different and sing and dance and be with my friend, Jane. I could never have predicted I would do that a year or two years ago. It’s just when you think you’ve got it figured out you don’t, which might be true of everything in life but certainly in show business.”

Previously Graham has played roles like Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls – for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe in 2002 – and Sarah Braverman on Parenthood. Over the years she has developed an appetite for creating stories. At the moment she is writing her fourth novel and she was hired to write a movie. “Thankfully I have some projects to keep me busy so I have at least a little bit of structure. I’m also trying to stay on top of the housework and taking care of a new puppy,” she explains how she is spending time at home in Los Angeles.

Listen to the podcast and hear what kind of rescue dog she adopted; how Gilmore Girls inspired her to write and how the idea for her first novel crystallized during her work on Parenthood; how was her first years in Los Angeles – did she even have a plan B?; what’s her views on women’s opportunities in show business, now; why she was born in Honolulu; what kind of kid she was; how she got into acting; why she studied for two college degrees; what kind of odd jobs she has done; what happened on her 32nd birthday; what kind of memories she has from the Golden Globes; does she plan to work with her partner Peter Krause again?; what is her obsession; and what she hopes for the future.