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October 25, 2013  /  Articles & Interviews, Parenthood  /  Comments Off on On The ‘Parenthood’ Set with Lauren & Mae

Because Parenthood is unlike anything else on television, the effect it has on viewers is equally unusual. While the goal of every show is to engender audience affection, NBC’s family drama has developed a rapport with its fans that goes beyond devotion or obsession; it offers the rare gift of inclusion. That’s why you are likely to hear Parenthood devotees talking about the show in teary terms.

The authentic performances perfectly pair with the unguarded words crafted by Jason Katims and his team to create a wholly immersive viewing experience. So we not only cry with Amber and Sarah and Kristina because Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham and Monica Potter are amazing actors (Potter’s Emmy snub will forever be one of The Academy’s most egregious errors) and we’ve come to care for the entire Braverman family, but because there is an Amber and a Sarah and a Kristina in each of our lives.

The show’s skilled implementation of emotional authenticity is unparalleled anywhere else on television and one of the reasons why I found myself crying during a recent trip to the Parenthood set. The scene — for episode 10 — was a particularly powerful one for Amber and Sarah, but you wouldn’t know it judging from the effervescent energy Mae Whitman and Lauren Graham brought to our interview, moments earlier.

ETonline: Lauren, one of the most miraculous things about Parenthood is how invested the audience is. Has that surprised you at all over the last four years?
Lauren Graham: That experience is not new to me. In fact, that’s the only way I know [laughs]. I haven’t been on a giant hit, I’ve only been on the kinds of shows where people grab you in the subway and speak to you as if you are your character. That’s all I know and I like it that way, because that’s how I am with things I love. I definitely thought this show had a chance of being that, but you just never know.

ETonline: Sarah’s had a lot of personal growth lately. What have you enjoyed about playing her this season?

Graham: It’s what I’ve wanted for a while. I connected to Sarah at the beginning because I liked the idea of someone who is down on their luck. I had played someone who was always plucky and always had an answer for a long time, so I was drawn to someone with a sadder story. Now, I’m like, “Can we just get this girl some wins?!?!” There had to be a progression, some sort of personal growth and you definitely feel it in the physical movement of simply having left the guest house. I couldn’t sleep by a jar of nails any longer. I mean, what woman wouldn’t have redecorated by that point?

ETonline: Yes, things are going great for Sarah and then Amber announces she’s getting married. Amber, what have you enjoyed about the dynamic shifts that stemmed from that development?

Whitman: It excites me a lot because of how it affects everyone. When something so huge happens in a family, it becomes a chance to explore everyone’s feelings — not only the character it’s happening to, but how everyone feels about marriage and how they feel about Amber’s life choices. My favorite thing about Parenthood is when something happens but it’s not a conflict — there’s no clear wrong or right — it’s just decisions. Because that’s life. I enjoy that Sarah doesn’t have a leg to stand on from Amber’s perspective in making it seem like her marriage is a bad idea, but then again…
Graham: Everybody hates being told “I’ve been here before and I know how to help you.”
Whitman: Exactly. And she wants to distance herself from their situation because it didn’t turn out well, but also recognizes there are a lot of similarities. It brings us together, in a way, for the first time as peers and as women. This is the first time our characters have been able to see each other that way and I love that.


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