Local actress on HBO
By Tirdad Derakhshani
Inquirer Staff Writer
Tomorrow's episode of HBO's Entourage has a local touch courtesy of Daryn Seigal of Washington Crossing. Daryn, who turned 11 yesterday, made her pro acting debut in a scene opposite one of her all-time idols, High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron.
"I got the chills and I got really nervous when he introduced himself," says Daryn. "He said to me, 'This is your first time acting, right?' "
It was. And her first time "was amazing," Daryn says. "It was just so cool."
Her dad, Scott Seigal, 42, said Daryn's part was written especially for her by his friend, show creator Doug Ellin.
"We've been best friends since our college days at Tulane," Scott says. "But he wasn't just doing me a favor. Daryn was good. . . . And Zac was a sweetheart to her."
Is Hollywood in Daryn's future? "I don't know," she says, laughing. "I've always loved acting."
The Bucks man behind Entourage
By: ANDY VINEBERG
Bucks County Courier Times
You won’t find his name listed among the “Entourage” credits (although it has been mentioned on the show), but Washington Crossing resident Scott Seigal is among the most important behind-the-scenes players on the hit HBO comedy.
If Seigal doesn’t like something in the script, there’s a good chance it won’t make it onto the show.
“He reads every script before it airs,” says “Entourage” creator/executive producer/head writer Doug Ellin. “He’s probably the first person after the show’s inner circle who sees them.”
So is Seigal some highly respected Hollywood insider? A famous screenwriter?
Nope, just the vice president of sales at Bodek and Rhodes, a Philadelphia-based wholesaler of imprintable activewear.
Oh, and he also happens to be Ellin’s best friend.
The two attended Tulane University in New Orleans together two decades ago and have been inseparable since, talking, Seigal says, a hundred times a day. You get the idea he’s only slightly exaggerating.
Ellin and his family recently spent a few days at Seigel’s shore house in Ventnor.
“We’re like brothers,” Seigal says. “When he came up with the concept for the show, Lori (Seigal’s wife) and I flew out to L.A. when they shot the pilot. We’ve been to the red carpet premieres.
“There’s not a script that he’s writing that I don’t read. Literally everything he does, he bounces off me. I read as he’s writing and give my feedback, and he makes changes to the scripts based on my opinions.”
It was Seigal’s early access to the “Entourage” scripts that led to his 10-year-old daughter, Daryn, landing a job any young actress would salivate over — sharing an on-screen scene with “High School Musical” heartthrob Zac Efron.
When Seigal saw that Ellin had cast Efron in an episode of “Entourage,” he suggested working a character into the scene that his daughter could play.
“It’s fun to watch how it works,” Seigal says. “ ‘Oh, you’ve got Zac Efron? Write a scene for my daughter.’ And he figures out how to do it. He sent us a DVD of the actual lines, and we did a little audition tape and sent it to Doug, and he said she’d be perfect.”
The Efron episode of “Entourage” airs Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
“She was great, very natural, not overwhelmed by the situation at all,” Ellin says. “We auditioned a lot of people and she was the best one. It wasn’t just a favor.”
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