Emmanuelle Chriqui: Kiss The Sky (2006 Cover Story & Gallery)

Emmanuelle Chriqui: Kiss The Sky (2006 Cover Story & Gallery)Interview by Chris Connolly; Photography by Nino Muñoz; Styling by Neil Rodgers/CelestineAgency.com; Additional Credits.

Sexy actress Emmanuelle Chriqui has too much posse. Word to P.E. Thankfully, Complex convinced the Moroccan-blooded beauty to lose the Entourage for our trip to la playa. Sweet and petite, she's the type of woman we’d wife with quickness. Just don’t ask her to tell a joke.

This feature originally appeared in Complex's June/July 2006 issue.

A few weeks into the third season of HBO’s Sex in the City for men, Entourage, fans became heated as Mandy Moore took on an increasingly prominent role. Then, as the season wound down, dark horse favorite Emmanuelle Chriqui emerged as Sloan, a sweet, sexy girl pal to Eric (Kevin Connolly), who either is or is not helping plot the demise of high-powered agent Ari (Jeremy Piven). Sloan’s a juicy character who helped wash away the bad taste left by the broad-shouldered Moore, and Chriqui nails the cute but possibly dangerous angle. It helps that Chriqui, a first generation Canadian born to a Moroccan family, is not what one would call “reasonably attractive.” In fact, she’s flat-out “unreasonably attractive.” As in, it goes beyond all the bounds of reason that a person should look like this. Pushing open the bell-adorned door to Elixir—a very L.A. tea shop where teas and tonics are prescribed based on the mood of the drinker—Chriqui, who also played alongside Usher in In the Mix, flaunts features far exceeding the necessities of survival. Ordering a “Blues Buster” tonic, she’s a whirlwind of long legs, lush hair, glistening lips, and bottomless eyes. In a nutshell, you could create four sexy new women with her hot-to-death qualities. Of course, it’s not her fault she looks the way she does, and when she sashays the whole package over to your table and sits down, it’s pretty hard to be mad at her—even after she teases with what she knows about the new season of Entourage.

Do you ever feel guilty that there are four ugly women walking around because of you?

Is that why you need a Blues Buster?
No. It’s just that I spent the whole morning moving into a new place, and I’m kind of drained.

Oh? Where did you move?
West Hollywood. Right near here.

Sounds nice. You’re originally from Canada, right?
Yes. Montreal.

So how come you’re not a comedian? All Canadians are comedians.
I’m not funny. Comedy is a skill—you’ve got it or you don’t. And I don’t have it.

Okay, let’s test that out. Tell us a joke.
I don’t know any jokes.

Come on. You’ve got to know one joke.
Okay, I know one. What do you call a gay midget?

Coming out of the cupboard.

Huh? That was horrible.
It was?

The one thing that I've learned in this business is that everyone blows smoke up your ass.

It doesn’t even make sense. It seems like it should go, “What does a gay midget do?”
Come out of the cupboard. You’re right. Now I’m embarrassed. I’m not saying anything else.

Hey, there’s no judgment here. You just set yourself up for a whole slew of roles that require humorlessness. Parts as androids, slavery films.…
That’s good. Because drama is what comes naturally to me. That’s what I respond to when I read a script.

Are you at a point where you can choose your next role, or do you still have to take things that come along to prove yourself?
I’m definitely still proving myself. It’s an interesting but frustrating time for me. I know what I want to do. I’ve paid my dues. But opportunity has yet to meet preparation and timing for me.

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