NY-born ‘Entourage’ star reflects on 9/11
For actor Jerry Ferrara, today’s a time to reflect. Not only does “Entourage‘s” series finale air tonight, but it’s also the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Ten years ago, the Brooklyn-born actor, now known for his role as Turtle on the hit HBO series, was a young 20-something about to turn his love of acting into the job of a lifetime.
But like so many New Yorkers and others affected by that day, he finds it difficult to deal with how time seems to have flown by.
“Just hearing that out loud that it’s been 10 years is astonishing to me,” Ferrara told CNN from Manhattan ahead of “Entourage’s” finale.
“One of the results of 9/11, besides the obvious tragedy, is a lot of people did come to together,” he said. “America kind of banded together and we were one.”
Putting that sentiment into motion, Ferrara partnered with Action America, a non-profit with the goal of keeping the memory of those who perished alive and offering support to their surviving families.
“I just remember where I was [that day] and what I was feeling and just wanting to help and do anything I possibly could to make someone’s life who was affected by it better, even if it’s just one percent easier,” he said.
Ferrara’s also been championing Action America’s cause on Twitter, encouraging followers to show their “High 11,” which means to point both arms in the air in remembrance of 9/11 and to show that you support positive action.
“You’ve just got to honor and remember what happened. Making it a holiday for picnics and sales would be the wrong move,” he said. “I think everybody has a real grounded approach to how it should be treated, how it should be remembered and how it should be thought of.”