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LAist Interview: Rex Lee from HBO's Entourage

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This Sunday marks the return of the HBO hit series, Entourage. Nominated for five Emmys, the show is a favorite among fans and critics alike. LAist was able to catch up with Rex Lee, who plays Lloyd, the trusty assistant of Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) to find out what we can expect this season.

Did you ever expect this role to go as far as it has?
Well I was hopeful in the beginning but there were no guarantees. In the beginning there were four episodes that the Lloyd character would appear. Right away, I knew that there was something to sink my teeth into. I told myself I am going to go to work and work my best and do my best to keep myself around and defy them to not keep me around. Then at the end of Season Two, they gave me a bit of a challenge and I was able to rise to that challenge. I think I proved to them that the risk that they are taking on me was not misguided.

Are you referring to the second-to-last episode of the second season, when Ari gets fired?
Yes, that's the one.

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That was an incredible episode. Definitely my favorite in the show's run.
I love that episode.

Why do you think a show about Hollywood with stories that are somewhat insider has been such a success?
Probably two main reasons. The first is that I think people who think of themselves as outsider enjoy being on the inside. I think people in the business, people who live here and know people in the industry may get just one or two more jokes than others. The show is really about friendship and it happens to be set in Hollywood and within the entertainment industry. It's about being boys. It's about going through something and having the people you trust by your side to live through it with you.