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Lauren Graham, 02.25.01 ...


Keanu Reeves may be the object of many women's affection, but when his "Sweet November" co-star Lauren Graham jumped into bed for a sex scene with the dark-haired box-office hunk, the experience was "totally frightening" for her.

"Even though it was, like, 30 seconds, it was the most traumatic event of my life," says Graham, who has a supporting role with the "Matrix" star in "November," Reeves' new film.

"It's just really weird doing that with someone before you've even gone out to dinner," she says. "It's sort of like, I like to be naked only after I've been wined and dined a little bit, you know?"

But the 5-foot-9-inch beauty is already over that trauma and on to the next: choosing a dress to wear to the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday, March 11. Graham has been nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series for her work on the WB's "Gilmore Girls."

Now it seems Graham - who has also appeared on the big screen in "Nightwatch," and "One True Thing" - has finally found a permanent home in the critically acclaimed "Gilmore Girls," in which she plays a young, single mother with a 16-year-old daughter.

Q: In "Gilmore Girls," you play Lorelai, a sarcasm-loving woman who is the same age as you are now, except that she has a 16-year-old daughter. How did you prepare for the role?

A: I come from a sarcastic family, and I have two half-sisters who are teenagers, which helps make the relationship with my [on-screen] daughter seem so truthful. But mainly in TV, you just have to jump in and get it as you go.

Q: You're an avid horseback rider. How do you feel about all the equestrian clothing coming in the fall?

A: I wouldn't want to be wearing a baseball uniform, so I don't think anyone would want to be wearing horseback-riding clothes. It's a pretty dramatic, extreme shape, and jodhpurs in general are really tight, although it is a beautiful, British-inspired look. I will just be wearing my jeans.

Q: Who are your favorite designers?

A: Kateyone Adeli, Tracy Feith, Pamela Dennis and Calvin Klein.

Q: What's your personal style?

A: Just for daily wear, I love discovering new jeans companies. Right now, I'm wearing new jeans by a company called Seven, and they're a really worn-looking, vintage low cut. I'm totally obsessed with jeans.

Q: How do you stay so slim?

A: I love to work out, and I have a trainer on the weekends who's really cool and fun and a good friend. I also have a treadmill in the house, so I try to run at least twice a week.

Q: Do you follow a special diet?

A: I get a delivery of a diet food during the week, which doesn't mean that I don't eat the occasional Krispy Kreme doughnut. But it at least gives me a place to start, because one of the things about being here [in the studio] is that there's food around all the time, and it's junk food. And you just get tired, and you just want the nearest thing to you. But I start the day with egg-white something and try to keep on track.

Q: Which food-delivery service do you use?

A: I've gone back and forth. There's the Zone, and then there's another company that delivers a little more carbohydrates. I think carbohydrates are my friends sometimes.
Credit: NY Post


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