Picks and Pans Review: Lauren Graham ... Finds Life After Gilmore Girls

updated 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

• The TV star hits the big screen as the wife of the man who invented the intermittent windshield wiper in Flash of Genius

YOU DON'T HAVE KIDS, BUT YOU RAISE THEM ONSCREEN. WHAT'S THE MOST DOMESTIC THING ABOUT YOU?
I make butterscotch brownies. It's my aunt Kathy's recipe. It's a family secret.

IN GENIUS, YOU PLAY A HARRIED MOM OF SIX. COULD YOU PULL A CAROL BRADY IN REAL LIFE?
I could! As long as their moms came and got them at the end of the day!

HAVE YOUR OWN PARENTS INFLUENCED YOU?
My dad was a single parent for a number of years. It was a difference to deal with, and it defines who I am today.

WAS HE A HIP, GILMORE GIRLS TYPE OF SINGLE PARENT?
It's tough to parent through friendship. You have to command respect.

SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERE A HANDFUL.
I had a year where I got into lots of fender benders. I skipped a grade and drove not entirely legally because my friends let me drive their cars.

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