Thrill of the Chase
WHO knows how many frequent-flyer points Adrian Grenier has accumulated in jetting from his base in New York to the snakepit of Hollywood.
The actor, however, has no cause to complain about the life he’s led since scooping the role of leading man Vincent Chase in LAbased comedy series Entourage.
The 32-year-old also won praise for his role alongside Anne Hathaway in box-office smash The Devil Wears Prada.
‘‘I’m kind of living the life right now,’’ Grenier says with a laugh, making reference to Chase, a hot young actor whose day-to-day life trying to make it in Hollywood is chronicled in Entourage.
‘‘People are coming up to me saying they know Paul Haggis, the writer and director of the show (Haggis also wrote and directed Academy Award winner Crash). You know you are officially in LA because Paul Haggis’s friends are coming up to say hello.’’
Season five of Entourage began screening on Foxtel on December 7 and still holds all the essential ingredients that have made the show hilariously entertaining.
There’s the over-the-top agent Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven) as well as Chase’s friend and agent Eric Murphy (Kevin Connelly), tag-along mate Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and his half-brother and aspiring actor, the dim-witted Johnny ‘‘Drama’’ Chase (Kevin Dillon).
Everyone around Vincent knows it’s a matter of making their friend into a star because if he fails, the Playboy bunny parties at Uncle Hef’s house, bikini babe dates and luxury mansions will vanish.
‘‘It’s a very volatile business and nothing is absolute,’’ Grenier says of Chase’s story. But it is just as relevant to his own rise to fame.
‘‘He (Chase) may seem like his stardom will always remain, but the truth is you always have to be ready for what downturns might come. That’s what I have been dealing with on the show right now — learning how to cope with things when they don’t always work out.’’
Entourage films in Los Angeles between February and June.
‘‘It’s the greatest job in the world because there is never a dull moment,’’ he says. ‘‘There is always lots to do and an exciting adventure to go on. It’s a real treat to come back to work every year on Entourage. I’m always just so happy that the writers continue to make it exciting and find new ways of showing how these boys indulge in the lifestyle.’’
Grenier visited Australia for the first time last year and dated former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas, who features in his new series Alter Eco for Planet Green. ‘‘She’s a friend of mine and she has an enormous heart,’’ he says.
He will be returning to our shores with his band the Honey Brothers for a New Year’s Eve concert on the Gold Coast. He is the band’s drummer.
‘‘We’ve been together about seven years,’’ he says. ‘‘They are like surrogate brothers of mine. I’m an only child and we started with a three-piece band recording years ago and now we’re a fivepiece band.’’
Grenier is an accomplished director as well as actor and musician, winning acclaim for his documentary Shot in the Dark, which chronicled his search for his biological father.
‘‘I was just compelled to do it,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s not something I really thought about or thought ‘Maybe this will be too difficult’.
‘‘There wasn’t any doubt I wanted to find my father. The greatest reward is people email me all the time and they have a real sense of connection. I got a text message from a friend a couple of hours ago actually saying, ‘By the way, you are responsible for my real father contacting me after 20 years’.’’
To Grenier, being a jack of all trades is paramount.
‘‘I find acting very difficult,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s an insecure job, you work from the inside out and you don’t always know which way is up. I find directing a lot more empowering, a lot more comforting.’’
star Adrian Grenier takes it easy away from the LA set. Picture: TROY BENDEICH