'Parenthood,' 'Gilmore Girls' actress pens novel
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Graham has a day job as Sarah Braverman on the NBC drama "Parenthood," but she decided to fill up her free time by writing a novel.
"I don't know why I don't pick up knitting or watercolors," the 46-year-old actress joked in a recent interview, "but I wanted to write a book. There were times and days when it was fun and exhilarating and a lot of days where it was really hard."
"Someday, Someday, Maybe," published by Ballantine Books and now in stores, follows a 20-something aspiring actress named Franny Banks who is living in New York City in the 1990s.
The story isn't autobiographical, but obviously Graham could relate to Franny's struggle to break into show biz.
"I was more interested in (the) waiting, auditioning ... and that feeling when you're on the outside of something looking in. So many people in general and young actors specifically spend so much time there, and many people never get beyond that, I just thought that's what I wanted to focus on."
American actress Lauren Graham poses for a portrait in promotion of her new book, "Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel," on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Graham illustrates parts of the book with pages of a calendar showing Franny's erratic schedule with multiple auditions one day and, for some weeks at a time, none at all.
"In the '90s, the way you kept your calendar was to write it down, and I well remember at the end of a year you could look back and see literally, physically your year. ... So much of being an actor at any level is waiting. Especially when you're starting out, the waves are even more dramatic of nothing versus something."
Graham's publisher has already asked her for a second book. She thinks Franny's story will continue in Los Angeles.
"I never want to do necessarily the world of superfame and glamour and parties and clubs. A, because I don't know that world and B, it's not interesting to me. But I would like to see this character do her first series. ... I think you could have a lot of fun in Los Angeles. ... L.A. is easier to make fun of and I would really like the opportunity to do that," she laughed.