Grenier in June 2014
July 10, 1976 |
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
|Alma mater||Bard College|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director, musician|
I have always chosen roles that I believed in – not ones that I thought might further my career.
My family is mostly a chosen one. I've managed to invite some really amazing people into my life and they become family. Brothers, sisters, siblings, mentors, role models. And I like to live that way, where your family bleeds out into the larger community.
I think, in a lot of ways, celebrities represent the American dream. They have financial fluidity and options at their disposal.
I think we need to recognize that learning is a lifelong goal, a lifelong experience.
We learn from each other. We learn from others' mistakes, from their experience, their wisdom. It makes it easier for us to come to better decisions in our own lives.
I can't tell you what your purpose is, that's got to come from you.
What is important is family, friends, giving back to your community and finding meaning in life.
Not to say that you shouldn't strive for success, but don't forget why you're doing it. It's not just for adoration.
Because when you go out, and you have fun, basically you're performing for these tabloid outlets and the paparazzi. And when you perform and create this story, they're chuffed – they get excited, they capture it, and they put it out.
Certainly, if it had been anything other than an HBO show I'd probably still be in Mexico now with a Mexican wife and kids.
Celebrities become divas because they get pampered so much, babied so much – then they get used to it.
Once you get into the habit of work, you can be more productive in the things you want to do.
I'm one with New York, and New York is one with me. I grew up there; there's no escaping it. We're like Siamese twins, if you separate us, I'll die.
I have a bunch of concepts and ideas that I want to do but I have also been growing my production company in general and looking to branch out of projects that I am directing and producing.
Well, obviously I'm not Mark Wahlberg – I have much better abs and I look much better in a pair of Calvin Kleins but when I saw Mark Wahlberg interacting with the world, I realised that his stardom was sort of a result of the movies he had done and the publicity that he had got and the work that he did.
I think winter wear is communal. You get some gloves and a scarf from a lost-and-found box, wash them, wear them for a while until you lose them. Then somebody else does the same thing.
I think anybody who's famous has to deal with their fame in their own way, and I dealt with it by making a film about a kid who's looking out into the world of celebrity obsession.
You ask any actor – they'll tell you they'd rather shoot on location because you don't have to invent the energy, the energy is there.
It's enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back.
Secondly, love and relationships are complicated. No one could ever get it right in a four-line sentence.
Being performers, that's what we do: We put on shows and want people to watch.
We are on parallel paths with the planet. The wants and needs of marine wildlife are our own: we want connection, companionship, a healthy clean environment.
You can't scale if you do it alone, you really need to work with others.
It's really important to find a humble approach to your own creative work, your own business work. To recognize that you can't do everything yourself.