We know it’s technically Woman Crush Wednesday, but now we’re just calling it Man Crush Wednesday because we hung out with Adrian Grenier this week. Grenier’s crowdfunding a new documentary about the lonely whale – a story he’s quite passionate about – as well as getting ready for the new Entourage movie coming out in June. We chatted with Grenier about cooking on first dates, reuniting with his Vincent Chase entourage, the beer industry, and why Kickstarter has changed everything. For further questions, just ask Ari…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I love quinoa with eggs for breakfast. I would love a nice italian pasta and fresh fish for lunch – very light and Mediterranean. For dinner, I love to cook with lots of color and fresh vegetables.
Could you talk a bit about your documentary project? What’s it all about?
It’s about daring to go on a quest to discover the mystery of the lonely whale; it’s a story that has as much to do with noise pollution and the plight of whales as it does the bigger theme of loneliness and our own existential condition.
What inspired you to take it on?
I was really inspired to seek understanding for this lonely whale who is calling out and who has never once received a response from other whales.
You’re using Kickstarter for this project; how do you find crowdfunding platforms are changing the entertainment industry in general?
I’m glad we have the opportunity to reach out to people directly and bring them together to support our project; it certainly helps to democratize the process of documentary filmmaking. Specifically for our project, the concept of crowdfunding is perfectly aligned with what we’re doing because we are building a friend base for the lonely whale. We’re friend-raising as much as we are fundraising, so we want to have as many people come together, be a part of this project, and come together around the whale who has no friends.
Do you have anything you can tell us about the upcoming Entourage movie coming in June?
The only thing I can say is that you’re going to have a really great time; I’m really proud of the movie. I’ve seen it, and you’re guaranteed to laugh, cry and hug it out.
What was it like reuniting and filming that? Any funny moments?
It was fantastic to reunite with the group; we’re all such a close family.
What’s surprised you most since your last episode in 2011?
What surprised me is how easy it was to get back into the swing of things; this group is a family and it was really seamless getting back in the saddle.
What’s your idea of the perfect first date?
The best first date is casual – no pressure, nothing fancy. If two people can’t get on without all the frills, then it probably won’t work in the long run.
Do you like to cook? If so, what would you cook for a third or fourth date?
I don’t know that I would change what I would cook for the third or fourth date. I don’t think the number of dates determines what I cook. I do really like to cook and I like to spoil my friends and loved ones. If I’m cooking for a date, you’re definitely going to get spoiled.
Advice you’d give to your younger self…
Hang in there, kid! And remember, reciprocity is the key to all happiness.
What’s one item every man should own?
A pully, as a reminder to work smarter, not harder.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
In New York, I go to the Egg Shop because I love eggs. In Miami, I go to Puerto Sagua for good, down to earth cuban cuisine. In Austin, Texas, I love La Condesa. In Los Angeles, a staple for me is Little Dom’s.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s ‘the new potato’ right now?
In the beer industry, Churchkey is ‘the new potato’.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there?
Jesus, Muhammad, Gautama Buddha, L. Ron Hubbard, and Confucius.
*Adrian Grenier, photographed at The Butcher’s Daughter in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Visit Kickstarter to help fund Adrian’s latest project, Lonely Whale.