As HBO’s Entourage heads toward its big finale after eight seasons, Jeremy Piven must close the door on Ari Gold, who’s made him rich, famous and a three-time Emmy winner. But not before showing some chinks in the uber-agent’s armor in the wake of his marital breakup and being on the market for the first time in years. “He’s in uncharted territory,” explains Piven, whose big screen career is thriving. Following a villainous turn in the fourth Spy Kids flick this weekend, he’ll star in Mark Pellington’s college reunion-set thriller I Melt With You alongside Entourage babes Carla Gugino and Sasha Grey. But first, he told us a bit about what life, liberty and the pursuit of blockbuster movie deals has taught him.
What’s the one thing you never leave home without?
Unfortunately it is my cell.
What’s your go-to app?
I’m not a big app guy. I hope to be some day, because I need to develop a better relationship with technology. I really do. I’m such a caveman when it comes to technology, it’s almost embarrassing. My brother-in-law, Adam McKay, convinced me a few years ago to get on Twitter, saying, “I think it’s the future,” and he was absolutely right. It’s a way to reach out to people. Suddenly you have an audience of a million and a half people. And that’s really kind of unique. It’s @jeremypiven, by the way.
What’s your drink of choice after a tough day?
I’m just not tough enough to digest spirits the way most tough guys do, so I don’t have one, but I do like to rehydrate. I enjoy an espresso, even though I know it’s not good for me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about men‘ class=’linkify’ target=’_blank’>women, and who gave it to you?
The best advice I ever got was from my mother and she said, “Endings are important.” And she’s absolutely right. And I have to say I couldn’t have dreamt up a better ending for this series. It’s been an unbelievable ride and ridiculously gratifying to end the way we are.
What can Entourage teach guys about being better men?
That no matter what life throws you, the most important things are your relationships and being true to your friends. And that another man’s success will never take away from your own. That’s easier said than done, for a lot of people.