07/10/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT
Age: 37 Birthplace: Warren, Ohio Latest role: Plays frazzled gay assistant Lloyd to testy Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the HBO show.
ON HIS CHARACTER LLOYD
I rarely see him as gay. He's more about trying to please his boss and get ahead in the world. He's putting up with stuff now to gain something later.
ON LIFE IMITATING ART
I was an assistant to a casting director not that long ago while working on Entourage. I was often late, but when I was there I was very good at it. It was a lot of clerical work, taking Polaroids of actors and organizational stuff. I'm excellent as an assistant.
ON WORKING WITH JEREMY PIVEN
He's very creative and ad-libs all the time, so if you're not there and ready to bring your stuff, he's gonna steamroll over you. I like to think that I hold my own.
ON LIFE AS AN ASSISTANT
I had one experience where a directing team came into the office and ordered lunch. When the food came, they assumed I was there to be their slave. I thought it was a joke, so I was questioning them at every step. I was like, "You want me to take your food out of a bag for you?" They said, "Yes." I said, "And you want me to put it on a plate for you?" They said, "Yes. Isn't that in your job description?" I said, "No."
ON WHOM HE WANTS IN HIS ENTOURAGE
Actor Alan Cumming. He's crazy. I don't always know how to create the crazy. I need someone around to get me into trouble.