Entourage and the "Paps": Bring Your Questions for Adrian Grenier

Adrian Grenier in Teenage PaparazzoPhoto: HBO

We feature all kinds of people on this blog – drug dealers, prostitutes, even academic economists – but readers are always complaining that we don’t have any movie stars. Today that changes.

Below we are soliciting your questions for Adrian Grenier, the actor who plays Vincent Chase on HBO’s Entourage and has appeared in The Devil Wears Prada and other films. Grenier also makes documentary films – Shot in the Dark (2002), which chronicled his search for his estranged father, and Teenage Paparazzo, which premieres on HBO on Sept. 27. (The Sleb Suit, meanwhile, is already available.)

Teenage Paparazzo is a film about the paparazzi industry, yes, but it is also a film about the price of fame; it focuses on Grenier’s intriguing relationship with a 15-year-old paparazzo named Austin Visschedyk. I saw the film a few months ago at the Gen Art Film Festival, and thought it was quite good. Visschedyk is a fantastic character; as a celeb himself, Grenier is in a good position to assess the state of fame; and the film also features trenchant commentary from folks like Mark Crispin Miller.


The best indication that Grenier has good taste as a filmmaker: even though he interviewed me for a couple hours for this film, he left it all on the cutting-room floor. That said, I very much enjoyed speaking with him; he’s got a curiosity about the world that I find uncommon among entertainers.

Grenier has agreed to field your questions about paparazzi, fame and the lot, so leave your questions in the comments section below and, as always, we’ll post his answers in short course. I am guessing you might throw a few Entourage questions at him as well, e.g.: Was that really you jumping out of that plane, or a stunt double?


one thing that intrigues me is the asymmetry in the 'search for long lost family'- that is, it seems that more often than not, the child seeks out the lost parent, rather than verse-vica- and, it seems that more often than not, the parent would have easier access to tracking down their child than vice-versa- so, my question is, why this asymmetry, and, do you think your father would have ever tracked you down first?

Gifford Street H.S. 2nd Period Social Studies- Mr. Nemec

I'm a high school social studies teacher. My 2nd period class has a couple of questions for you.

1. What did you learn later in life that you wish you learned while you were in high school?

2. What responsibility do celebrities have to use their cultural capital to change the world (within the immediate community, internationally or both)? Do you feel you have a responsibility at all? Why? Why not?

Thanks for taking the time to respond!

Jon M

What's a side of you that you wish fans/media knew more about but never got a chance to observe?

Doug Fischer

Could you talk a a bit about the similarities and differences between you lifestyle and that of your character's?

How about personality? I am sure you are not as impulsive or reckless as Vince, but there has to be some overlap (both are famous, grew up without a father, etc.).

Tommy Barker

What do you think of President Obama being a fan of Entourage and have the writers ever discussed bringing the real life Ari Gold's brotherly competition into the show? Keep up the good work.


I was impressed by your acting in the Entourage episode where they were filming the Smokejumper scene when you are stuck in the trees .
I'd like to know what are your plans for the future now that Entourage is coming to an end? Movies? TV?
What kind of roles would you like to do?

Thomas M


Why is it we never see you in the tabloids or on TMZ? Is this intentional or do they just not bother you? Or perhaps one leads to the other? Thanks and keep up the great work on Entourage.


David Kaufman

Are there other actors you discuss Freakonomics-style work with who are as interested as you are? Whom? What's the most talked about areas?


What do you think you'd be doing if Entourage hadn't happened for you?

You're an awesome star.

Steve Antczak

The concept of celebrity fascinates me, and over the years I have had occasion to know some very famous people. I observed two things about celebrity that I found really interesting and have long wondered if they hold as rules:

1. Most people acted differently around celebrities than they did normally, sometimes quite differently.

2. Each celebrity that I knew was what you might call an "odd duck," and I've often wondered if being a bit odd (more so than most people, since anyone can be called odd) is a an innate quality of people who pursue fame or careers where fame is a corollary of success.


Tony Williams

Given that there is a cost to being a member of the paparazzi (in lowered reputation etc.) and an opportunity cost for each picture (time spent waiting etc.) what can we do as a a society and you do as a celebrity to both raise these costs and lower the proceeds from the shots until the market forces most of the paps out of the business?

// Tony

Michael C.

Do celebrities get paid by magazines like Star and People that use their images? Are these "candid" photography sessions truly candid?


I recently watched (and enjoyed) your movie, Teenage Paparazzo. The last scene suggests an ongoing relationship between you and Austin. Have the two of you maintained this friendship? More generally, how is Austin doing?