The actress opens up about the role that changed her life

When Lauren Graham first read the Gilmore Girls script 17 years ago, she felt a very strong connection to Lorelai Gilmore, the role that would come to define her as an actress.

“There’s a sort of manic recognition that happens very rarely when I read something: I want it so much, I go briefly but totally bonkers,” writes the actress in Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), her new book of personal essays on love, life and the role of a lifetime.

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Now the actress, 49, is reprising her role as half of the fast-talking mother-daughter duo for a reboot of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Alexis Bledel and Melissa McCarthy are among the many returning cast members who signed on for the show’s latest incarnation, which sees Rory Gilmore (Bledel) returning home after the death of her grandfather (the late Edward Herrmann).

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Getting the gang back together is still something Graham can’t quite believe happened.

“For so many years we languished in the unknown of would we or wouldn’t we be able to revisit the show. Before we had time to get used to the idea, we were doing it!” Graham tells PEOPLE.

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Luckily she felt good about the script, just like the first time. “I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was completely impressed and relieved. The script felt true to the old show but also really fresh.”

And as much as she loved being able to play Lorelai once again, the highlight was being able to work with her costars a second time around. “It was like everyday was this emotional kind of reunion. We just keep pinching ourselves and were so excited to be there.”

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres Nov. 25 on Netflix.