Parenthood co-stars Lauren Graham and Peter Krause are now co-starring together in real life.

Lauren spills the beans on her red-hot new workplace romance in an interview on the pages of the October issue of Redbook Magazine, available Sept. 21.

The former Gilmore Girls star says she first met Peter more than 15 years ago and although they “clearly had a connection,” the relationship was stalled by bad timing.

“We met when I first came out here [in L.A., in 1995], but the timing wasn’t right. Though I think we liked each other. I remember one day he asked me over to his house to play a board game—and that’s exactly what we ended up doing. So I was like: This guy doesn’t like me. But I was also like: Who actually plays a board game?” Graham reveals.

“It’s so interesting to me that there was clearly a connection there back then, but I don’t think either of us was ready. He’s obviously a very confident, appealing guy, but he’s shy, and so am I. We stayed friends over the years, and I’ve always been a huge fan of his work. One of the things that’s been so fun [about this relationship] is that it’s so easy. And it’s a lot, to work with somebody and then spend time [at home] with them too.”

Lauren also spoke frankly about her plans for the future: “I would like to be part of a family, however that looks. Family is really important to me. And I’ll probably keep cooking and decorating. And working. As an actor you have to maximize your time, because you don’t know what’s going to happen in your 50s and 60s and 70s.”

Catch the season premiere of Parenthood, airing Tuesday, Sept. 14 @ 10/9c on NBC.

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