Lauren Graham Recalls the Time She Hid From Paparazzi Before Realizing They Were Looking for Gwen Stefani

Lauren Graham once asked for protection from paparazzi before realizing that, not only was no one trying to take her photo, but a different star was the actual subject of interest.

By Ryan Gajewski May 13, 2021 10:57 AMTags
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Lauren Graham was presumably feeling lonely and so cold after her realization following a paparazzi run-in. 

The 54-year-old Gilmore Girls alum joins The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday, May 13, as seen in preview footage. During her visit, the actress reminisced about a time when her perceived paparazzi moment wasn't quite what it seemed.

As she chatted with host Kelly Clarkson, Lauren shared that she once worked at upscale retail store Barneys New York in her pre-fame days, and that years later, she would enjoy shopping there because she couldn't afford to while she was actually employed by the establishment. 

"One day, I was shopping there, and the security guard came over and was like, 'I just want you to know, there are paparazzi outside,'" Lauren recalled. "First of all, that the security guard recognized me was a moment, and that he was worried about my paparazzi being outside."

She went on to say that he offered to walk her to the car, which led her to joke that she wasn't actually concerned for her own safety but appreciated the gesture. 

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"So I finished my shopping and was like, 'Thank you so much, sir—I'm ready to go to the car,'" she continued. "And he walks me out to the car. And nobody took my picture!"

She added, "He was so confused, and I was like, 'Oh, they must not be here for me.' And he's like, 'Yeah, Gwen Stefani's also here.'"

At this, the Parenthood actress burst out laughing before admitting she dealt with some challenging feelings at the time. "And it was a real moment, 'cause I was like, Oh, well, I guess I'm not quite there."

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We're sure that any photographer would be honored to take Lauren's pic, but we also know we personally wouldn't want to be compared to Gwen Stefani for any reason. Check out the conversation in the above clip. 

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