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May 5, 2013  /  Articles & Interviews, Someday, Someday, Maybe, Videos  /  Comments Off on Lauren Graham’s ‘Someday’ Has Come

Lauren recently sat down with USA Today to discuss her new novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

NEW YORK — The dining room at Sardi’s, the legendary Broadway restaurant, is “beautiful, with burgundy walls and little yellow shaded lamps on all the tables,” just like actress Lauren Graham describes it in her debut novel.

In a scene in “Someday, Someday, Maybe” (Ballantine), Graham’s narrator, a 26-year-old aspiring actress, finds Sardi’s menu “extravagantly expensive” and the atmosphere “intimidating.”

In real life, Graham, 46, doesn’t mention the cost of her chicken Caesar salad ($22.50) and seems at home lunching at Sardi’s. A cartoon drawing of her is on the wall, amid hundreds of other celebrity caricatures.

Graham is best known for two TV series, “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood,” yet it was her role in a 2009 Broadway revival of the musical “Guys and Dolls” — as Adelaide, the perennial fiancée — that earned her a place on Sardi’s walls. “One of those dreams,” she says, “and then, it happens.”

She’s here to talk about her novel, which is about the improbable dreams of making it as an actor. Graham began writing it two years ago, after finding herself “with the time and room to do something else.” She had neither during her breakout role as a hip mom in “Gilmore Girls.” “That really launched my career,” she says, “but the hours were just insane, 12, 14 hours, day after day.”

The just-renewed “Parenthood,” in which she plays a divorced mom of two who moves back in with her parents, is less demanding. “It’s more of an ensemble. I work maybe three days a week.”

Set in 1995, Graham’s novel traces a year in the life of Franny Banks, who’s funny but insecure. Graham calls it a “girly book” that will appeal more to women than men. “It’s about emotions and there’s no sports, to cite a cliché.”

Graham says her novel is only loosely based on her own career. Like her narrator, Graham waitressed in a comedy club and shared a Brooklyn apartment.

She now “lives wherever I’m working,” but has an apartment in Manhattan and a house in Los Angeles she shares with her boyfriend, actor Peter Krause, who plays her older brother in “Parenthood.”

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