In the new issue of Time Out New York, Kevin Connolly - who plays Eric on the HBO hit series Entourage - dishes on what it was like to date Nicky Hilton, rumors that he's now with Haylie Duff, and other matters.
Here are some excerpts:
Time Out: You directed some episodes of Unhappily Ever After. How did directing a puppet compare with directing Lukas Haas?
Kevin Connolly: "[Laughs] Lukas Haas is great. He's a great friend. The puppet, that was weird because it was Bobcat Goldthwait and he had stolen my girlfriend [Nikki Cox]."
Time Out: Wow. How did it feel to lose a girl to Bobcat Goldthwait?
Kevin Connolly: [Sarcastic] "It felt great. Would it have been better if she'd left me for Brad Pitt? That's what my mom said to me when all that happened. It's an interesting point, right?"
Time Out: It's like if someone cheats on you, would you rather it be with someone of the same sex or someone of a different sex?
Kevin Connolly: "Would you consider Bobcat someone of a different sex? Probably."
Time Out: He's someone of a different species. What was it like going out with Nicky Hilton?
Kevin Connolly: "It was a pretty normal relationship. I mean, look, there's a public end of it that can be annoying because people are in your business and that can be a pain in the ass, but that's just kind of the territory."
Time Out: Are you single now?
Kevin Connolly: "Yes, I am - contrary to what people may think, I really am single."
Time Out: Is Haylie Duff going with you to [the premiere of Gardener of Eden]?
Kevin Connolly: "No! Haylie Duff and I are really good friends. But I'm single."
Time Out: See, I'm doing the same thing, trying to stay single for a while. I'm afraid of blinking and waking up in a relationship I don't want to be in.
THG NOTE: In other words, Kevin Connolly is not going to be paying tuition at the Britney Spears School of Dating.Kevin Connolly: "And it happens so quick. You turn around and all of a sudden you're with somebody. I'm trying to just focus on the work end of it, and when that happens, it happens. The other things is, let's face it, feelings don't ask permission, you know, so when it happens, it happens."
Time Out: How are you like Eric and how are you not like him?
Kevin Connolly: "Eric kind of takes things in stride that I don't know if I would take in stride. He's a little wimpy with girls, which bothers me."
Time Out: Do you have more balls?
Kevin Connolly: "Maybe, maybe."
Time Out: You have more guts?
Kevin Connolly: "More guts. Yes, that's a better word."