where she had very fond memories, particularly of the landscape
and people. Later, she would attend Sumac Elementary School,
followed by Lindero Canyon Middle School, and finally, Agoura
High School, where she would spend some of her worst years.
While studying there, she always felt that she didn't really
know how to talk to people. Boys would have no time for her.
People would tease her for being "flat" (little did they know).
She was even considered a sort of "theater geek" by her classmates.
As is the case with many of Hollywood's brightest, established
stars like Harrison Ford for example, Heather was never considered
part of the 'popular' crowd.
family life didn't seem very comfortable either, as tension
seemed to be growing between Heather and her parents. Though
her mother would drive her to Hollywood for auditions, once
Heather began to pick up work and especially now that she is
the hot ticket, a certain "weirdness" developed (Heather is
not the only actor in the family), one that would eventually
result in little or no contact among the family members. Ultimately,
Heather was more than glad to escape Agoura, although she was
voted "most talented" by her senior class.
However, as the story is told, talent alone won't get you far
in Hollywood. Heather went from job to job, working as an usher
at the Hollywood Bowl, landing various roles over the years
in movies such as License to Drive and the critically acclaimed
Drugstore Cowboy, and appearing on the popular television series
Twin Peaks. She eventually decided to enroll at the University
of California at Los Angeles. There, she majored in English,
but dropped out after only two years. It was, however, at UCLA
where she first read one of her favorite books, The Brothers
Karamazov. Little did she know that Dostoevsky would indirectly
play a part in her love life. In 1992, Graham landed a small
role in Diggstown, starring James Woods. Apparently, Woods spotted
her with a copy of Karamazov and was impressed. Though she thought
the older man (45 at the time) was interesting, Graham wasn't
quite sure about her feelings for him.
For the next few years, she would go on to play various roles
in films like Six Degrees of Separation, Don't Do It, and Even
Cowgirls Get the Blues. Throughout this time, she won the admiration
of several filmmakers, including James Toback and Jon Favreau.
night, as legend has it, Favreau took Graham to go swing dancing,
and 18 months later, she played Lorraine in the critically-acclaimed
Favreau vehicle, Swingers. Toback eventually got his chance
and cast her in the upcoming film, Two Girls and a Guy. 1997,
however, was to be the year of Heather's big "breakout". Her
mesmerizing performance as a blonde nymphet on roller-skates
in Boogie Nights launched her into the stardom that was long
overdue. She even made a cameo in Scream 2, spoofing Drew Barrymore's
"Jiffy-popping" first victim from the original and subsequently
appearing on the Scream 2 'babe' panorama cover of Rolling Stone.
Soon after and in the months to come, the actress whom people
hardly ever noticed would be gracing the covers of various magazines
with her offbeat grace.
has said her good-byes to the indie world now that she has a
CAA agent and a modeling contract with Emanuel Ungaro. Her upcoming
films include the huge-budgeted Lost in Space, (where she met
her current boyfriend, director Stephen Hopkins), the controversial
Two Girls and a Guy, and Bofinger's Big Thing (Steve Martin
and Eddie Murphy). After the release of these films, you can
bet that you won't be seeing her convulsing in a convenience
store or in the middle of a coke-addled stompfest any time soon.