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Entourage's Kevin Connolly Recalls Days Before Fame | Nicky Hilton

Entourage's Kevin Connolly Recalls Days Before Fame

Originally posted 09/10/2008 06:15PM

When Kevin Connolly was a struggling actor, his female entourage numbered one: Nicky Hilton.

"Here's what I always respected about Nicky: Before Entourage I was living in a one-bedroom apartment – a broke kid from Long Island – and we got together when I had nothing to offer her," Connolly tells the October issue of Playboy.

That was then. As for now, says Connolly, 34, "We're still friends, and we still hang in the same circles. But the paparazzi aren't hanging out in front of my house anymore. When I was dating Nicky one thing I said was, 'Nothing's worse than being chased by paparazzi who aren't trying to take a picture of you.' "

A product of a blue-collar upbringing, Connolly, also like his character Eric Murphy (aka "E"), moved to Los Angeles and fell in with a group of high-aspiring movers and shakers.

"We had our own fraternity," he recalls, "doing our fair share of a whole lot of nothing, hanging in our actors' flophouse in the [San Fernando] Valley with the same actor guys I hang with now: Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lukas Haas and Ethan Suplee. We lived on cheap pizza and pasta – a house of out-of-work actors trying to take care of one another. Leo was the first in our group to pop – more like explode – with an Oscar nomination at 19."

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Jeremy Piven: Michael Phelps Can Join Our Entourage | Jeremy Piven, Michael Phelps

Jeremy Piven: Michael Phelps Can Join Our Entourage

Originally posted 09/04/2008 02:00PM

Michael Phelps delivered a brief cameo on Entourage – and some cast members would like to see the Olympian join them fulltime in the future.

"I could see him coming back as one of the boys," said Jeremy Piven during a party to celebrate the fifth season premiere of the HBO hit – held Wednesday at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. The new season starts Sunday.

And talk about swimming with sharks. Imaging how his own character – abrasive agent Ari Gold – would interact with the 23-year-old, real-life gold medalist, Piven, 43, said, "I can see Ari being very aggressive in recruiting him to represent him and also stopping at nothing to poach him from another client. That's what Ari would do."

Jerry Ferrera, who plays Turtle on the show, also likes the idea of Phelps coming back for more. "I'm lobbying to get him back next season so that I can be there," he said. "He could teach Turtle how to swim."

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Entourage's Constance Zimmer Welcomes Baby Girl


Entourage's Constance Zimmer Welcomes Baby Girl

Originally posted 01/17/2008 11:00AM

Actress Constance Zimmer and her boyfriend, director Russ Lamoureux, welcomed a baby girl Jan. 5, her rep tells PEOPLE. Colette Zoe Lamoureux weighed in at 8 lbs.,10 oz. at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

Fixed up by a mutual friend, Entourage star, 36, and Lamoureux, 37, have been dating for just over a year. The couple announced the pregnancy last August.

Zimmer, a former regular on Boston Legal, plays rising lawyer rising studio executive Dana Gordon on the HBO hit.

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Kevin Connolly Gives a Ring to Julianne Hough | Kevin Connolly

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Kevin Connolly Gives a Ring to Julianne Hough

Originally posted 11/14/2007 11:00AM

Kevin Connolly sure treats his "friends" well.

The Entourage star, 33, recently stopped by Los Angeles's Tracy Allen Fine Jewelry and plunked down several thousand dollars on a diamond and18-karat, white-gold ring for Dancing with the Stars beauty Julianne Hough.

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Entourage's Kevin Dillon Enjoys Fatherhood | Kevin Dillon


Entourage's Kevin Dillon Enjoys Fatherhood

Originally posted 03/17/2007 09:00PM

On Entourage, Kevin Dillon plays the guileless – and often clueless – actor Johnny "Drama" Chase.

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