Updated: June 13, 2013 5:34PM
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” (Ballantine, $26) follows a twentysomething 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.”
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 glamor 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.
Once again, Graham will have to fit in writing with her “Parenthood” schedule. The series has been picked up for a fifth season and this time for 22 episodes. The show hasn’t had a full season order since year two.
“Given everything else that’s going on [at NBC], we sort of emerged as slow and steady, and you just don’t know. It’s year to year.”
Fans of Graham’s previous series “Gilmore Girls” have renewed enthusiasm and hope for a possible film, thanks to Rob Thomas’ wildly successful use of the Kickstarter website to finance a movie of the defunct TV series “Veronica Mars.”
Graham says it’s not her decision.
“It’s a funny world now where, like, fans made a ‘Veronica Mars’ movie happen, and I’m sure people are like, ‘Well, hold on. I want my favorite thing to be a movie,’ and I totally get it, and I wish I had a more satisfying answer.”