Debi Mazar is nothing if not authentic. From Goodfellas and L.A. Law to HBO’s hit series Entourage, in which she plays a ball-busting, sass-talking publicist, the actress shines in roles that showcase her big personality and undeniably New York sound.
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"I don’t mind being typecast," Debi Mazar says, "as long as I’m working." Mazar grew up on Manhattan’s multicultural Lower East Side, where "every day I smelled garlic, sofrito and rice, pork and beans and God knows what else floating through the windows," she says. Skipping college, she worked as a makeup artist and was a fixture on the 1980s club scene.
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Fighting for the right roles, Mazar feels, is essential post-40. "You’re not a fresh idea," she says. "I certainly see myself aging. I tried Botox twice and it looked good at first, but if you said, ‘I just ran over your dog,’ I wouldn’t look surprised or upset. And I need to express myself. So now this is my face. Get used to it."
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Mazar and her husband regularly prepare feasts in their turquoise-tiled kitchen, and one day, she recalls, "We whipped out a camera, just for fun." That taping became the first Web-isode of their joint video venture, underthetuscangun.com, where they cook, tell stories and eat with obvious delight. "It’s become this underground hit," Mazar says. "People write in from the Midwest and Africa and Brazil."
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