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Heather Graham on The Hangover

Published June 7, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros. Pictures
Spoiler alert, but Heather Graham is a big reveal in The Hangover. When the boys wake up from their bachelor party bash, one of them finds he is married to the stripper, played by Graham. On top of that, she left her baby with them.

Heather Graham Shows the Goods in The Hangover


“I like to think of it as just being like a hippy stripper,” Graham said. “Todd [Phillips] knew somebody who had a stripper girlfriend and she was really just like ‘whatever,’ you know. He said, ‘I just want you to be like you don’t care.’ I like how she was written in the script. I felt like it was sort of more interesting than her just being like, ‘I’m somebody’s girlfriend.’ I get to be this kind of whacky, out there person whose also really in love with Stu and also has a sweet side.”

There is one baby in the film, but that means several stage babies on the set. “I love babies and the babies were actually six babies. Well, when I was working, there were six babies. I don’t know about the other days. Three sets of twins because you can’t really work babies that many hours. But four of the babies were so sweet and I really adored them, and two were very angry unhappy babies. They were the last ones. If we still were working after all the sweet babies, then the angry babies would come in. And the mom would just say, ‘My babies hate everyone but me.’ And then she’d give me the baby, the baby would start crying, and I was just like, ‘Oooooh, why, why why are you doing this to me, if you hate everyone?’ The babies are so cute. They’re probably the nice babies. No, they are really sweet. I like holding babies. They make you happy. They’re just such pure joy. But Todd hates babies. He says they’re boring. He hates them.”


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Some of the stage moms actually let their children suckle at Graham’s teat in a breastfeeding scene. “That was a real baby and it was really torture because in that scene, first of all I was told the baby was teething before we did that scene. They’re like, ‘I just want to warn you, I don’t know if he’s going to try to bite you but…’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s scary.’ And then the baby wasn’t really breastfeeding, so he would be like looking around. So the baby would be just like looking around. And people would be talking to me and he would be looking at them. So it took hours and hours to get the whole thing with the baby’s head looking down. So people would be back here and doing things towards him blah blah blah. It really was a lot of work.”

Ultimately, Graham’s role is a brief cameo in the film, but it was always intended as such. “I don’t know what drafts you’re talking about but in the earlier drafts of the script when at the very end, when the guys are leaving, I used to go with them. But I didn’t actually have any more scenes. I was just like with them, and he brings me to the wedding, and obviously things happen and I’m just there. They did the table reading, which I wasn’t at, and they said it seemed kind of rude for him to bring the stripper before he breaks up with his girlfriend. But there’s nothing of me earlier ion the script. There’s no big scenes or anything.”

The Hangover is out in theaters now.

For the trailers, stills, posters, reviewand more movie info, go to the The Hangover Movie Page.


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