"Certainly, there's lots of shiny memories that I crave, but I've done too much work not to recognize that I'm here for something bigger than going to nightclubs," said Adrian Grenier

By Maria Pasquini
May 28, 2021 03:11 PM
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Adrian Grenier's home in June issue of Austin Life magazine
Adrian Grenier
| Credit: Laura Morsman Photography

Adrian Grenier is loving life on his farm. 

In the June issue of Austin Life Magazine, the Entourage star, 44, opened up about his decision to leave Hollywood life behind in favor of living on a farm about 45 minutes outside of Austin, Texas.

"I bought a place in Austin five years ago and a year ago I decided to move here permanently," he told the publication. "I had friends here, I ran a business here, and liked the pace. Austin is cosmopolitan without being snooty; it's earthy. People are smart and successful but they don't flaunt it. There is nothing to prove, people accept you and it felt good right away."

Explaining what inspired the move, the co-founder of investing company DuContra Ventures said that his ideals didn't seem to match the life he was actually living.

"I have been doing environmental work for the last 20 years, I've started organizations and run non-profits, all designed to tell people to live more in line with nature – and yet, I wasn't living that way," he said. "In many ways, I reached the apex of that promise – if you work hard, you become famous, then you make a lot of money… but it was lackluster at the top." 

Adrian Grenier Austin Farm
Adrian Grenier
| Credit: Laura Morsman Photography
Adrian Grenier Austin Farm
Adrian Grenier
| Credit: Laura Morsman Photography
Adrian Grenier Austin Farm
Adrian Grenier's farm
| Credit: Laura Morsman Photography

However, Grenier is quick to point out that he doesn't regret the way he used to live his life back in L.A.

"It was a f-- load of fun, and amazing while it lasted. I'm not disparaging that stage of my development when I could go deep into my total abject debauchery," he said. "But look at nature! Nature will tell you things eventually have to come down to earth, and I found myself in a stage of my life where I had to change."

"I had to deal with the personal things I'd been avoiding," he added. "I started to shed some of the things I'd accumulated, I Marie Kondo'd my life and embraced letting go."

Adrian Grenier Austin Farm
Adrian Grenier
| Credit: Laura Morsman Photography
Adrian Grenier Austin Farm
Adrian Grenier
| Credit: Laura Morsman Photography

As for his plans for the land, Grenier said he's already "planted a fruit forest" and hopes to get his "pond back into balance so we can fish from it."

He also plans to "create a wildlife sanctuary" and have "llamas or alpacas, maybe some goats - not for a livestock operation but to keep the grass down." 

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Adrian Grenier Austin Farm
Credit: Laura Morsman Photography
Adrian Grenier Austin Farm
Adrian Grenier
| Credit: Laura Morsman Photography

Although the move has been a big change, Grenier said he wouldn't ever want to go back. 

"I don't miss anything about that world. Listen, if you go on Instagram long enough, you're going to find some FOMO somewhere, but everyone is just pretending they're living their best life," he said. "Ultimately, I know that I am, so I don't even tell anybody about it."

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Grenier starred on Entourage from 2004 to 2011 alongside Kevin Connolly (Eric "E" Murphy), Kevin Dillon (Johnny "Drama" Chase), Jerry Ferrara (Salvatore "Turtle" Assante) and Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold). During its eight-season run, the HBO dramedy accumulated multiple Emmy wins and Golden Globes nominations. 

After the series left the air in 2011, the cast reprised their roles in a movie aptly titled Entourage in 2015.

Currently, the environmentalist appears on the new discovery+/NowThis Earth series Action Planet to discuss his Lonely Whale organization. His nonprofit aims to eliminate the flow of plastic into the ocean.