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Heather Graham returns to the 'pack' in 'Hangover Part III'

Heather Graham is glad to be back on the Las Vegas Strip for “Hangover Part III.”
BY GEORGE LANG Assistant Entertainment Editor Modified: May 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm •  Published: May 22, 2013

And that is where Graham comes in, and she was happy to revisit Jade after missing out on 2011's “Part II.”

“I mean, right after the first one, Todd ... said something about being in the second one, but I think it was the story and the plot — obviously, they went to Thailand, and Stu was marrying someone from there,” she said.

Graham, who at 43 barely looks older than she did in her breakout role in 1997's “Boogie Nights,” has worked in film and television for 25 years. Her first big-screen credit was opposite Corey Feldman and Corey Haim in “License to Drive,” and Graham has worked steadily since. In addition to “The Hangover Part III,” she appears in “At Any Price” a drama from “Chop Shop” director Ramin Bahrani with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid, and is currently filming episodes of Showtime's “Californication.” Graham also recently completed work on her first screenplay.

“My dream is, I just wrote a script that I want to direct, and I have these investors and hopefully it's going to happen later this summer. That would be amazing,” Graham said. “It's a comedy about sex, and when you sort of grow up with a sense of shame about your sexuality, how you learn to enjoy it and feel good about it.”

And now, Graham feels good about her return to the “Hangover” saga. She missed the character, but as she said, things worked out for Jade, even without Stu.

“I guess I had sort of hoped that Stu and I would have more of a romance, and I'm happy that my (Jade's) life went in a good direction,” Graham said. “So I think it was nice of Todd to give Jade a good ending.”

Travel and accommodations provided by Warner Bros.