Heather Graham has done a lot of movies in which she isn't naked and wearing roller-skates. I can name a half dozen off the top of my head: Bowfinger , Drugstore Cowboy , Swingers , an Austin Powers sequel, and two Hangover movies — including the first "good" one; at no point in any of these films is she naked and wearing roller-skates. She's also now got a recurring role in the seventh and final season of Californication —her first episode is this Sunday, April 20th, at pm ET on Showtime or you can watch it right now if you have a Showtime Anytime subscription —as mother to David Duchovny's baby, a dental hygienist who at no point roller-skates in the buff. But try to interview Graham, as I did recently, and it's almost impossible not to think about Boogie Nights. It's the elephant in the room; the naked elephant on roller skates.
Heather Graham, on Orgasms, MILFs, Nudity, Californication, and Dentistry
Then, Heather became the very naked Rollergirl in Boogie Nights , which was a pretty overrated movie but highlighted not only her physical assets but also her ability to play a very damaged character and not just some bobblehead. Heather was never a great acting talent, but she had spunk and even convinced Fat Bastard that he was a great lay, which is no small feat. Just as suddenly, Heather disappeared from the public consciousness. Then I realized the error of my ways because Graham has attempted, at various points, to revive her career in a very inauspicious subgenre of romantic comedy; that is, Graham has subjected herself to repeated instances of the pregnancy-oriented romcom. Since then, Heather enjoyed a bit of unexpected success by playing the prostitute role in The Hangover movie, but has that caused anyone to watch any of her movies that followed, such as Boogie Woogie , Father of Invention , 5 Days of War , or The Flying Machine?