Heather Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Agoura Hills, California.

Graham is mostly of Irish descent,1 so naturally she was raised a Catholic, and reports confirm that her upbringing was quite strict.2 In fact, her parents once threatened to send her to a convent because, as it turns out, she isn’t the most devout Catholic girl:

I’d have made a terrible nun. I’m a good Catholic girl in the way that Madonna is. In the sense that I’m not that good at all. If the church is having a hard time recruiting nuns, I’d make an ideal poster girl. ‘Become a nun or else end up like her!’3

So devout are Graham’s parents that they even severed contact with her after she played a stripper in the film, Boogie Nights.4

Clearly she’s no longer a good Catholic girl, and might have replaced that gap with some vaguely Eastern practices, such as tantric sex therapy5 and Transcendental Meditation, which, when she appeared on the cover of Time magazine, she was pictured practicing.6

But, for our purposes, lapsed Catholic.

Far into left field

Politically, like religiously, Graham has bucked the traditions of her family. She said:

I… [grew] up in a conservative family and feeling that I was much more liberal-minded… Maybe that’s why I had to learn how to love and accept myself as I was, not as they wanted me to be.7

But to say “more liberal-minded” is a bit of an understatement. She did a PSA for MoveOn.org, one of America’s most explicitly liberal organizations. The PSA was meant to encourage support for the “public option,” a term referring to the push toward American socialized healthcare.8

Plus, she’s got a gay rights agenda and has her environmental concerns–both liberal staple issues:

Global warming is really disturbing, and I wish we were taking better care of our environment, our planet. Gay rights — it’s crazy that we’re trying to regulate people. It’s so stupid.9

And, naturally, she’s an Obama supporter, who she claims to have helped win office in 2008 by sending out “positive energies.”10 However, I would venture a guess that the $1,000 check she sent his campaign probably did a little more good.11

  1. Heather Graham and ‘The Hangover’ Boys Hit Up Dublin. Irish Central. []
  2. Heather Graham’s parents think she’s a porn star. Parent Dish. []
  3. Heather Graham on being a good Catholic girl (in the way Madonna is). Daily Mail. []
  4. Heather Graham’s parents think she’s a porn star. Parent Dish. []
  5. Heather Graham on being a good Catholic girl (in the way Madonna is). Daily Mail. []
  6. Heather Graham (I) – Biography. IMDb. []
  7. Gray Areas: Alan Cumming and Heather Graham on sex, politics, lesbian chic and their new movie ‘Gray Matters.’ Metro Weekly. []
  8. Heather Graham Stars in MoveOn Public Option Ad. The Huffington Post. []
  9. Gray Areas: Alan Cumming and Heather Graham on sex, politics, lesbian chic and their new movie ‘Gray Matters.’ Metro Weekly. []
  10. Heather Graham says she helped Obama become president through witchcraft. DNA. []
  11. Heather Graham’s federal campaign search results. Newsmeat. []