Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer has been a regular presence on American TV screens for years, with roles on shows such as “Joan of Arcadia” and “Boston Legal.” But her most recognizable part by far has been as studio executive Dana Gordon on the HBO hit “Entourage.” As that show wraps up its final season, Zimmer will segue onto the USA Network’s “Royal Pains” as the new love interest for main character Dr. Hank Lawson.

Constance Zimmer



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When you were starting out, how did you make a living?

I was a barista at Diedrich Coffee in Newport Beach, Calif., at an espresso bar inside a liquor store. I also worked at a self-service frozen yogurt place, which was the craziest job in the world. It’s self-serve — all you have to do is weigh it and say how much money. Then, when I was older, I organized huge charity events and raised money with Celebrities for Charities.

 
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Constance Zimmer has been a regular presence on American TV screens for years, with roles on shows such as “Joan of Arcadia” and “Boston Legal.” But her most recognizable part by far has been as studio executive Dana Gordon on the HBO hit “Entourage.” As that show wraps up its final season, Zimmer will segue onto the USA Network’s “Royal Pains” as the new love interest for main character Dr. Hank Lawson.

Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer

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Who were some of the coolest people you worked with?

We did the premiere of “Dances with Wolves,” so I worked with Kevin Costner’s wife. I worked with lots of wives of celebrities, because they were always the co-chairs on the committees. I worked with Nancy Short, Martin Short’s wife; Cindy Costner; (Tom Hanks’ wife) Rita Wilson — all these great women. We also used to do these big benefit dinners with the American Cinematheque called “The Moving Picture Ball.” Those were incredible, because we honored Steven Spielberg, Rob Reiner, Sean Connery. They were huge events. I met (Robert) De Niro, Audrey Hepburn — these incredible actors — and no one knew I was an actress. The funniest thing is the celebrity security people, like Tom Cruise’s bodyguard. I worked with him, and now he’s working for me as an actor. He sees me on the red carpet and it’s so weird, because I used to be on the other side, getting celebrities down the red carpet.

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Constance Zimmer has been a regular presence on American TV screens for years, with roles on shows such as “Joan of Arcadia” and “Boston Legal.” But her most recognizable part by far has been as studio executive Dana Gordon on the HBO hit “Entourage.” As that show wraps up its final season, Zimmer will segue onto the USA Network’s “Royal Pains” as the new love interest for main character Dr. Hank Lawson.

Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer

Photo by PR Photos

Once you started getting series work, did you buy anything special?

The first thing I bought was this beautiful, eight-person pull-out dining table from 18th century France. It was so much money to me, and I couldn’t believe I could afford it. I still have it. It’s sitting in storage because I cannot get rid of it, but it doesn’t go with the style of any of our homes. By the way — I don’t know when eight people ever sat around that table.

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Constance Zimmer has been a regular presence on American TV screens for years, with roles on shows such as “Joan of Arcadia” and “Boston Legal.” But her most recognizable part by far has been as studio executive Dana Gordon on the HBO hit “Entourage.” As that show wraps up its final season, Zimmer will segue onto the USA Network’s “Royal Pains” as the new love interest for main character Dr. Hank Lawson.

Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer

Photo by PR Photos

So now that you got the table out of your system, are you more frugal with things?

I’m definitely more frugal. I go straight to sales — I have a very hard time buying things at full price. My father is very conscious with his money, and I think it’s also because I do eBay. I know that you don’t have to pay full price for something, and I like to make sure that what I’m spending my money on is what I’ll keep for a long time, as opposed to something that might go out of style tomorrow.

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