Jonathan Keltz: A Get-to-Know-You with Ari’s New Assistant on Entourage
Cliq Magazine: So you’re going to be Ari’s new assistant on Entourage. Think you can live up to Lloyd?
Jonathan Keltz: (Laughs.) I certainly hope so. They are big shoes to fill, but so far it’s been going well. And Rex (Lloyd) has been kind enough to pass on some sagely advice to help break in the new kid.
CM: What are your cast impressions thus far?
JK: So far everyone has been great. We've only shot the first few episodes and I haven't gotten to spend too much time with everyone, but it’s been amazing working with Jeremy Piven and Rex Lee. We've been having fun shooting stuff around the agency.
CM: Any season spoilers to give away? I guess that wouldn’t be recommended since you’re new, but…for us?
JK: Wish I could, but things are definitely very "hush hush," almost as if we were shooting Lost. What I will say is that this season is gonna be bigger and better than ever. Bigger houses, faster cars, and tons of beautiful gals…as usual. This season shows the guys continuing to conquer Hollywood together, but it also continues to explore their own individual journeys and how they each achieve their own dreams independent of one another. There are also a few new faces coming in to mix things up.
CM: IMDB lists your nicknames as “The Blackout Menace” and “Tijuana Gangsta”? These sound more like drug references than nicknames…
JK: (Laughs.) Oh brother. Well those are actually references to my character in American Pie: Beta House. I was not the one who posted those. My character's nickname was the “Blackout Menace.” During one of my blackouts I disappear off to Mexico and then return with a tattoo that reads "Tijuana Gangster.” So although it might have appeared otherwise, I am not a Mexican drug lord.
CM: Let’s talk about the American Pie film. What was that experience like?
JK: It was an amazing experience. We had entirely too much fun making it. After moving down to Los Angeles, it was the first thing I booked. My roommate Robbie Amell also booked a role, so we went back to shoot the movie together right when all of our friends were getting back from their first year of college. So it was a fantastic summer. It was my first long shoot, and it was great showing up to the set everyday and really building that "set family" relationship. Plus, my character was this straight laced, preppy kid who would blackout and creates absolute mayhem as soon as a drink touched his lips. It was a fun shoot. I got to wake up on an airplane, adopt a Taiwanese child, and even play the Star Spangled Banner on the bagpipes before smashing them and burning them Jimi Hendrix style. Needless to say I had a blast.
CM: You’ve lived in both New York and Canada. Which is better?
JK: Tough question. New York is my home. It’s where I'm from, and it’s in my blood. My heart beats faster as soon as I get there. But Toronto has been a great city to me. Not only did I start my career there, but since it’s where I went to high school, I made a lot of my best friends there. I love being able to go back and see everyone. So New York is always gonna be the greatest city on earth, but Toronto is an awesome place to live.
CM: So you’re 22 and you’re cute. So we must ask…single?
JK: I am indeed. Bouncing back and forth between coasts and being so focused on trying to make things happen acting wise, it’s been hard to get something going. Definitely always keeping my eye out for a special lady. Hopefully our paths will cross soon.
CM: What’s up next for you?
JK: Right now the focus is just on this season and hopefully being there through all of it. The show shoots until mid-July and although there are a few things potentially on the horizon, nothing is solidified yet. I'll be sure to keep you posted.