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Graham scores SELF cover

September 20th, 2011

Lauren Graham was born in Hawaii. She currently stars in the NBC sitcom 'Parenthood.' (Photo courtesy SELF)

One of my favorite shows on television right now is "Parenthood," which airs Tuesdays on NBC. Call me an old man, but the writing on the show along with the dynamic between cast members really resonates with me.

(I also watch "Sons of Anarchy" religiously on Tuesdays, if that helps me to retain my Man Card.)

The cover of SELF's October issue. (Courtesy SELF)

Being a fan of the show, I was surprised to learn last week that one of its stars was born in Hawaii. You may recognize Lauren Graham from her previous role on "Gillmore Girls," but I've grown to admire her work on "Parenthood." And yes, she was born on Oahu. After spending her first five years here, her parents divorced and she ended up moving with her father to Washington, D.C.

Still, she's keiki o ka aina — and as such, I'm an even bigger fan of her work. Want to learn more about her? Pick up a copy of the latest issue of SELF Magazine; Graham is on the cover and even contributed her own writing for the feature. She was partnered with trainer Michelle Lovitt in advance of a photo shoot for the cover in Los Angeles, Calif.

"When SELF invited me to be on the cover, I told the editors I wanted to try training like an athlete," she said in the cover story for the October issue. "Good news: They loved the idea and said they had the perfect trainer for me. Bad news: I had only five weeks until the cover shoot, during which I'd be traveling a lot. I panicked."

Graham had jokes, too. Some of her better one-liners:

"A few sessions with my trainer and I started using words like glycogen. Don't get me started on fast-twitch muscles. I'm saving that for Letterman!"

"I'm in New York City to visit my sister. Unfortunately, my dear friends Bagel and Cream Cheese live here, too."

"I only like water when it tastes like a margarita."

On the topic of getting fit and working out, Graham said it was difficult at times to stay focused — but also taught her a valuable lesson about setting goals.

"I could have just given up coffee, but no, I gave myself this fitness challenge while on vacation on my family, my boyfriend's family, while in New York City, and I really found out a lot about what it's like to try and achieve a goal," she said. "One thing I really learned about was the power of other people and when you start looking for inspiration, just saying that can bring it into your life. You can't do it alone."

The October issue of SELF should be in stores soon; click here to read more highlights from her feature story.


Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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