Thrill of the Chase

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Pay-tv - ERIN McWHIRTER

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.’’

Adrian’s wall:

En­tourage

star Adrian Gre­nier takes it easy away from the LA set. Pic­ture: TROY BEN­DE­ICH

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