Emmanuelle Chriqui is featured inside the April 2011 issue of “InStyle” magazine! In a 3-page feature, she shows off her newly renovated eco-friendly apartment in Hollywood. I have just added 3 HQ scans into our photo gallery – exclusive to Emmanuelle Chriqui Source!
Entourage may be a show about dudes, but whenever Emmanuelle Chriqui steps onto the screen, all eyes are on her. And now you’ve got two new excuses to gaze longingly at the French/Jewish/Moroccan beauty. She’s playing a stripper in the web flick Girl Walks into a Bar and a prostitute in the pregnant porn star indie Elektra Luxx. Which just happens to feature smokin’ hot Sapphic scenes with fellow hottie Adrianne Palicki. Don’t bite your fist yet. That vid isn’t till the end of this Q&A about her killer name, what it’s like to kiss a girl, and what she finds attractive in, yeah, dudes.
MADE MAN: You have pretty much the coolest, sexiest name ever. So how much time do you spend correcting people on pronouncing it?
EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI: Oh, on average, a couple times a day!
MM: How differently do you think your life would have turned out if you had been named, say, Gertrude Snodgrass?
EC: That is hilarious. I don’t even know. That just wouldn’t even seem fair. I mean Gertrude…Gerty, that’s not that cute!
MM: In Elektra Luxx, there’s a scene where they talk about how we pine away to be in love yet complain when we are in it. What’s your take on that?
EC: I think it’s true. I think it’s sort of the theory, the grass is always greener. You’re single and you want to be with someone. Then, when you’re with someone you’re like, ‘oh, I want my freedom.’ If you are in a relationship, I think the ones that work are the ones that you allow each other just freedom. It’s not 24 hours a day, seven days a week that you are in each others’ faces.
MM: What does sexy mean to you?
EC: It’s when you can be confident and own it. I think the least sexy thing is seeing a woman that’s kind of really super, super insecure. I don’t mean self-deprecating, because that’s kind of funny to me; I kind of love that. But someone who is really insecure, it really just isn’t sexy. So, there’s a certain amount of confidence that I think makes sexy.
MM: What attracts you in a guy?
EC: A sense of humor, sensitivity, gentleness, and adventure.
MM: There are some very sexy scenes with your costar, Adrianne Palicki, both in the dream she has about you and the kiss you share. How was that for you? Were you very comfortable?
EC: I was! It was so comfortable doing the dance with Adrianne because you don’t have any of that sexual tension that you do if I were to have done that lap dance for some young guy. With Adrianne, it was like she was my cheerleader—she was egging me on! We just had a blast. By the way, it was not easy for her to just sit there too, straight-faced, and be having this half-naked girl all over her! I think we’re just a really good team. So, that also bleeds into the kissing scene in the bathroom. When we ultimately have to kiss, all you’re left with is that it was really fun. Like: ‘Wow your lips are really soft!’ None of that, ‘oh my God, are you feeling something?!’ It wasn’t weird like you get oftentimes with a male counterpart.
MM: So we’ve got to know. Do girls kiss better than guys?
EC: Oh, it’s just very different. I don’t think there’s a “better.” I think a kiss is all about the emotion. When you can kiss someone and you’re madly in love, that kiss is…well, you can’t compare that kiss.
MM: Now in Girl Walks Into a Bar, what did you learn from being a stripper?
EC: Well, interestingly enough, with this movie, there was just over an one hour of actually having to be in this gold little number. My character, Theresa The Astonishing, though she is a stripper, she doesn’t let it define her at all. It’s just like her imaginary world of what happens when she walks on the stage and the power that she possesses and her sort of revenge, if you will, which is so funny.
MM: In Entourage, you finally got your boyfriend to commit to a full-time ring on the finger relationship. Why do you think it’s so hard for men and women to commit?
EC: I just don’t know that it’s everybody’s cup of tea anymore. I think that nowadays, people don’t even know if they necessarily want to get married and do the whole traditional thing. I think there’s just such a stigma for the guy, and the girl is like ‘Is this my forever?’ Now listen, some people have good fortune…my best friend definitely found her soul mate. The idea of forever to them was easy as pie. No problem. So, I guess it just sort of depends. I guess when it’s right, it’s right. And when it’s not, it kind of freaks you out, maybe.
Thanks to Brianne, I have added 232 HD screen captures of Emmanuelle Chriqui from her interview with “Access Hollywood Live” that aired last week!
I have just added another 32 HQ and MQ photos of Emmanuelle Chriqui at the “Vegas” magazine issue party into our photo gallery!
Last night, Emmanuelle Chriqui was photographed in Las Vegas at the “Vegas” Magazine issue party celebrating her cover. I have just added the first photos from the event – 4 HQ in total – into our photo gallery!
A video clip of Emmanuelle Chriqui on “Lopez Tonight” has surfaced on Youtube! You can watch her interview that aired last night, below.
I have just finished adding 624 blu-ray quality screen captures of Emmanuelle Chriqui from her role in the new film, “Girl Walks Into A Bar”. You can also watch the film below!
“Girl Walks Into A Bar” has now been released Youtube! You can watch it below – enjoy!
“Annie, of course, was just making me feel like a million dollars that day,” recalled actress Emmanuelle Chriqui on giving Adrianne Palicki a lap dance. Granted, they were on a set for the new indie movie Elektra Luxx but Chriqui smiled in reflecting about shooting the scene. “It was kind of a thing that came together,” she said, satisfied with the end result in the film. Chriqui also said it helped that the film’s director/writer, Sebastian Gutiérrez, knew what would help the sexy brunette cut loose while straddling Palicki’s tight midsection.
“Sebastian, for example, knows about me that I love to dance,” Chriqui said. “All you have to turn music on and I’m right there. He was like ‘Emm, do your thing’ and you could kind of celebrate that about me, which made it really safe.”
In the independent film, which opens this weekend in limited release, pregnant, retired porn star Elektra Luxx (played by Carla Gugino) is trying to reinvent herself but is blackmailed into seducing a woman’s fiancée. Elektra’s porn star buddy Holly Rocket (Palicki) and prostitute Bambi Lindberg (Chriqui) are on their own journey while vacationing in Mexico. In fact, Holly, who happens to be a bit dim and linguistically challenged, has a long-standing girl-crush on Bambi and tries to sabotage a double date with two men so perhaps the two ladies can truly be together.
But let’s get back to that lap dance, which even co-star Malin Ackerman (who does some lesbianish dabbling herself in Children’s Hospital) described as “Hot!” during the recent press junket in Los Angeles. Chriqui explained that because the shoot for the entire movie was only 15 days, there was not a lot of time for preparation for the sexy girl-on-girl dance.
“We worked it out on the day,” said Chriqui about grinding against a seated, welcoming Palicki in the sequence. “It was just basically [Sebastian] had this idea in his head [and] this is the part when it’s so nice to work with people who know you.”
In fact, Chriqui and Palicki had already worked together since Elektra Luxx is technically a sequel to Gutiérrez’s earlier (but little seen) film, Women In Trouble, which also starred Palicki, Chriqui, Gugino and Marley Shelton in the same roles. In that film, Holly was still crushing on Bambi but hadn’t quite realized it yet to act on her feelings. One good thing to come out of that experience was a shorthand that developed between Chriqui and Palicki, who will go from porn star to superhero when she takes on the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming TV reboot. “We clicked right away,” said Chriqui. “It was one of those things that was incredibly meant to be.”
Chriqui admitted that the two actresses were, perhaps, too caught up in acting (and grinding) together and failed to figure out how good their chemistry was until they were off the set. “When we both saw Women In Trouble for the first time, we were both like ‘Oh my God! They are so cute!’ It was hilarious.”
Playing a dim bulb isn’t an easy task to pull off but Chriqui marveled at Palicki’s talents in playing the role of Holly. “She’s so brilliant in how she does it. When you’re acting with her, it just feels so real. It doesn’t feel over the top even though some of the things she says are so over the top. But she has this way of delivering it that you’re just absolutely in the moment.”
In the climactic scene in the Elektra Luxx, where Holly finally tells Bambi how she feels, Holly also delivers a speech about loving another person and staying away from labels of being gay, straight, bi, etc. Gutiérrez said his intention was to not make that speech a soap-boxy kind of thing.
“People should aspire to be non-judgmental,” he explained. “I think everything is actually OK if you’re not hurting somebody else so I didn’t want it to be about it [being] better to be gay than straight or lesbians are hip right now. It doesn’t matter. If I’m in love with you, I’m in love with you. It doesn’t matter what gender you are and I do believe that.”
Looking back, Gutiérrez almost seemed surprised that he gave such a smart speech to Holly, who, on first glance, is the most dim of all the film’s characters. “In retrospect, it’s interesting to give that to a character who’s not supposed to be so smart. In a way, she is an innocent child. She’s saying, ‘Hey, we’ll figure it out’ and I think that’s romantic. You think why not? It could be great. In [Holly’s] world, it’s like that.”
Chriqui is also featured in Gutiérrez’s next project, an internet film called Girl Walks Into A Bar, which was produced exclusively for internet distribution and will be available for viewing for free on YouTube (with a sponsorship with Lexus) beginning March 11. In that film, Chriqui plays a stripper and spent a lot of time researching the part.
“I would be working at a strip club for 10 hours with real strippers and porn stars and you just kind of get into conversations,” she said. “I think all that stuff, whether you like it or not, you get a taste of it but …it wasn’t active homework, so to speak.” The actress, who will also be featured on the upcoming final season of HBO’s hit series Entourage, said that the street world is a place that has always fascinated her. “I remember when I was living in Vancouver, it is so overt. The street life is in your face. Crackheads, heroin addicts, prostitutes — it’s right there.”
One shocking thing to her was the gorgeous women who were a part of this dark underbelly. “I remember always being fascinated seeing these beautiful young girls just hooking on the streets. I was like, ‘Why are they there? Why aren’t they modeling or why aren’t they working in a club somewhere? There is an alternative so why?’ I think that’s always fascinating and Sebastian uses this as a really interesting backdrop for these women but at the end of the day we’re just learning about these women who just happen to be porn stars and strippers and dancers and all the rest.”
In fact, while shooting Elektra Luxx, Palicki was the one who noticed a spark that shone from her dark-haired co-star and even commented on it, according to Chriqui. “Annie, in the scenes, looked at me and said ‘You like this. You’re getting used to this.’ Is that true? Those little moments and I think that’s what great about what Sebastian writes. It makes you think.”
Emmanuelle Chriqui looks super sexy as a stripper in her new film, “Elektra Luxx,” but has she always been this alluring or was she a “late bloomer”? Also, Emmanuelle and Kit Hoover have a good laugh over how much Billy Bush looks like her on-screen boyfriend, Kevin Connolly, in “Entourage.”
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