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Heather Graham: 'People are horrified by how much I sleep'

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Heather Graham: 'People are horrified by how much I sleep'

Actress Heather Graham horrifies people when she tells them how much sleep she likes to have a night.

The 46-year-old Bowfinger star looks years younger than her actual age, and she partly credits her youthful looks with the amount of shut eye she gets, even though it always shocks people when they find out how long she spends in bed.

"I love sleeping," she confessed to British newspaper The Guardian. "When I tell people how much I sleep sometimes, they are horrified. I basically sleep between nine and 12 hours a night."

Even when she isn't asleep, Heather likes to spend a lot of time in her bed as a means of relaxing, and she makes no apologies for it.

"Once a week I spend a day luxuriating in bed," she continued. "I like staying in my house, pottering around and maybe cooking or just laying around reading. I love doing yoga and transcendental meditation."

Her laid back approach to life is in stark contrast with the early days of her career, when the Hangover star spent every waking hour striving to be the best at her chosen profession.

"I spent too many years being hard on myself, like a drill sergeant in my head," she explained. "I thought that if I was hard on myself, I’d get more results, but I now know that’s not true."

Her determination to succeed was no surprise to her family though, as Heather always knew she wanted to be an actress.

"I used to dress up in my mom’s old clothes and play with these kids from the neighbourhood and make up stories: I would pretend that we were all vampires," she recalled. "I became more shy and awkward when I was nine and my family moved again (my dad was in the FBI). Being in a new place made me feel insecure."

Thankfully her parents never held her back from chasing her dreams, and she will always be thankful for it.

"I am very grateful that they supported me in becoming an actor," she said.

- Cover Media