Here's something I can officially check off my bucket list: riding around and getting it with Jerry Ferrara.
The Entourage cult favorite has come a long way over the last two decades, from lovable Turtle to the powerful hotshot defensive attorney, Proctor, on Power. Ferrara, a Brooklyn native, invited us for a ridealong in New York City, which also happens to be my hometown. And although I hail from Queens Blvd. like Vince and the boys, we chose lower Manhattan’s cobble stoned roads for our journey and great conversation.
Ferrara’s new mission, Allstate's Good Hands Rescue app, will provide safe rides and emergency car repair for just $2 on Wednesday, Nov. 23. On one of the busiest travel days of the year, the app will ensure on demand service, but doesn't require a monthly subscription.
In addition to keeping us safe on the road this Thanksgiving, Ferrara shared what’s next for his Power character, his advice for fitness newbies (he's lost 55 pounds since his Entourage days) and what he watches for a night of Netflix and chill with his fiancé. Get to know him below!
As a Brooklyn native, where’s your favorite spot you have to visit when you’re back home?
This is going to sound totally cheesy, but it’s the truth, my mom’s kitchen is my favorite spot in Brooklyn. It’s the God’s honest truth. Being here now for a few months, I am getting some home cooking and I need to go to the gym. It’s showing.
Proctor’s one-liners on Power steal the scene every time. On a show where power dynamics shift constantly, who do you think really has all the power?
You can tell you’re a true fan because that’s sort of the point of the show. It’s all a power struggle. One minute Ghost has it, one minute Tommy has it, one minute Angela has it— I don’t think one person ever holds it for too long. Maybe in the end, long term, you’ll be left with the feeling of who has the power. I was put to the test early on because my character comes in and gets Tommy out of jail. I became an instant hero. There’s a lot of people who want you to choose: are you team Tommy or are you team Ghost? I love both of them and it’s hard for me to choose.
As women, Goods Hands Rescue service is something we can definitely use. I have no idea how to change a tire! What drew you to this project?
I respond to ideas that make me go, why on earth didn’t I think of that? With The Good Hands Rescue service program, to me it’s a no brainer. I had an incident like two years ago with my older brother, driving from Staten Island to Brooklyn in the winter. The Staten Island Expressway is very treacherous, pot holes everywhere. We hit a pot hole and our tire blew out. I don’t know how to change a tire, I grew up with a single mom, she didn’t teach me how to change a tire. My brother and I got out and pulled over to safety. It was 10 at night and we just didn’t have the patience to go through the internet and find tow trucks. Now looking back, if I had something like the Good Hands Rescue app, we would have sat in the car and ordered help. I’m smart enough to know a good idea when I see it, that’s why this was an easy partnership for me. I like to talk about products I actually use. This is something I will specifically use after that story 2 years ago. You also pay for what you use. If you get someone out there to help you change your tire, you pay for that and you’re done. If you don’t have a road side incident for eight months or a year, you pay as you go. It’s two dollars for the first day, November 23rd. After that it’s generally 69 dollars for non-tow, jump start, lockout, tire change. It’s generally $99 for a towThrough this you know what you’re going to pay upfront. You order the service, the GPS tells them exactly where you are and you can watch them coming towards you.