Early this morning, Emmanuelle Chriqui appeared on the “Breakfast Television Toronto” show. You can now watch her interview over at citytv.com!
Emmanuelle Chriqui was a guest on the ROZ & MOCHA show to talk Power of 2 and Entourage earlier today. You can listen to her interview below!
The animated series TRON: Uprising, debuting with a special preview on the Disney Channel on May 18th before premiering on Disney XD on June 7th, takes place after the 1982 feature film and before the events in TRON: Legacy. Produced in CG animation with a 2D aesthetic, the series follows the heroic journey of a new character named Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood), a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid.
At the press day for this highly anticipated new show, actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, who voices Paige, General Tesler’s (voiced by Lance Henriksen) confident and polished field commander, talked about how blown away she was by the look of the entire series, having been familiar with the original TRON film, what attracted her to the role, how Paige is much more than just a villain, the process of building the character’s persona, and what she enjoys about voice-over work. She also talked about how she’d love to do a live-action action movie, what she looks for in a role, playing a recurring character on the CBS drama series The Mentalist, and the current status of the Entourage movie.
Question: What did you think when you saw your animated character?
EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI: I was blown away by the entire series, to be honest with you. The whole animation is so unique and edgy and cool-looking. Paige is amazing! She’s so hot! She really is. She’s cool, with this short hair and really long legs. I wish I could relate to that. I love how she looks. It’s really cool.
Did you get to record to any of the animation?
CHRIQUI: Initially, not at all, actually. We just record without anything, and then they animate to the voices, and then we do ADR and match that.
What attracted you to this project?
CHRIQUI: It’s funny because the voice-over world is definitely another career. It’s another outlet to be creative. But, I’m just not invested, in the way that I am with film and television. If I go to an audition, I’m like, “Did you hear yet? What did they say?” With voice-over, it’s just far more relaxed, which is really, really nice. This was the first time that I auditioned for something like this, where I was like, “Did you hear yet?” I really, really wanted this because the material was that good. When I read the role of Paige, I couldn’t believe it was animation. It reads like live-action. The fact that it’s a cartoon, I just find that astounding, really. With the dialogue, the stories, the complexity and the characters, you wish that you could do that.
Were you familiar with TRON, before this project?
CHRIQUI: Yes, I was familiar with the original film.
How would you describe Paige?
CHRIQUI: Well, Paige is such an interesting character because she goes under the villain category, though I don’t play her as a villain. She works for the bad guys, but I think it’s because she’s misguided. She’s very smart, she’s very driven, and she also does everything with a lot of conviction, which are all really admirable qualities. It’s just unfortunate that she works for the bad guys. Later, we learn other aspects of her, so that we understand why she is in this situation. It’s very interesting because, though she’s a villain, she’s not really.
Did you know her backstory while you were playing her, or have you learned about her during the process?
CHRIQUI: As we’ve been recording, I keep discovering stuff. Charlie [Bean] is awesome. He’s such a great director to work with. We just have such a good rapport together. He’ll fill me in, as we go. He’ll say, “This is where she’s coming from, and this is what just happened.” When we’re not all recording together, and I’m by myself in the booth, I just have my pages with me, so he’s really good at filling in the blanks. He’s heard everybody else, so he knows exactly what he needs. It’s a very organic process, I would say.
How did you go about building your character’s persona?
CHRIQUI: The voice quality is essentially the same as mine. She’s a little breathier when she talks, but it’s in more in what she’s saying. Often, people ask if it’s different doing live-action and voice-over, but the only thing that’s different, really, is that we’re in a booth and there’s no camera on me. But, my intention, as an actor, is exactly the same. Whatever I’m saying and whatever my dialogue is, that is really authentic. If you were to see us in the booth, you would laugh because you’d see our hands flailing. We do anything to make it come across, as we would in life. So, as far as playing things harder, which is who Paige is, it’s really in the material.
Do you like playing a harder character like this?
CHRIQUI: Yes, definitely! I figure that this is my stepping stone. Someone will watch it and go, “Oh, my god, that’s Emmanuelle Chriqui?! She can sound bad. Let’s give her this.”
Would you like to do a live-action action movie?
CHRIQUI: I would love to! I’d love to have to train for three to six months and get in the sickest shape ever, and have gun training and fight training. That would be so fun. I want to do that, at least once. I get to play for a living and I’ve never played that, so I would love to play that.
Are you prepared for the feedback from TRON fans?
CHRIQUI: I’m sure it will be intense because ThunderCats was pretty intense, and I think TRON is even more intense than that.
What do you enjoy about voice-over work?
CHRIQUI: The beauty of voice-over work is that maybe you come in and record once every two weeks for a couple of hours, and do a couple episodes a session. It’s awesome! You spend an afternoon playing in the booth, and there you have it. It doesn’t interfere with much. Even when I’ve been on location, we can do studio time, wherever I am. It’s the best job, ever.
What do you look for, in a project? Is there a dream role for you?
CHRIQUI: There is a dream role. God, there’s so much left to do. I think the dream role is getting the opportunity to really sink my teeth into something and transform in the role. There’s material that I read that I fall in love with, and I always get a little bit sad because I know that, when I fall in love with it, almost everyone else is falling in love with that same piece. Getting the crack at doing that thing that, in my soul, I know I have to do it, that’s the role. And that role is a wide range of things, but it’s complex. It’s a film that will move a very wide audience ‘cause I seek to inspire the way I’ve been inspired. As an artist, that’s the dream.
And you’ll be recurring on The Mentalist now?
CHRIQUI: Yeah. It’s a really, really fantastic character that’s very different. I’m excited about it.
Have you heard anything about the Entourage movie?
CHRIQUI: I know that it’s being written, as we speak. Maybe it’s done. I need to check in. I don’t know.
Will you be in it?
CHRIQUI: Yes. Should it ever be made, yes.
If it is made, what would you like to see Sloan do?
CHRIQUI: I haven’t really thought about it. She was pregnant, when we left her. We don’t really know the future of her and E. I’ve always said that I would love to see them work it out, just because it’s been so cat-and-mouse for years. It’s like, “Can’t we just get along and love each other?” But, I also think it would be really fun to play that. We always see them either fighting or not talking. It’s just always so extreme. I’d love to be able to see them with a little family, and married or just together, and having a normal life. I’d like to see what that’s like.
So, you have no idea what the plot of the movie could be?
CHRIQUI: I have no idea. I just keep saying to Doug [Ellin], “You should write it in the South of France or Italy. Let’s all go on vacation.”
Things are heating up for The Mentalist season finale, and not just because Patrick Jane is in Las Vegas after another failed attempt to defeat Red John. Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui steams up the concluding episode of The Mentalist’s fourth season as she guest-stars as a cocktail waitress at a Las Vegas night club.
Chriqui, who has previously worked with Simon Baker (“Patrick Jane”) on the film Women in Trouble, revealed that her character on the show is unlike any character that she has ever played. “What I love about her…is that what you see is not what you get,” she said.
The Canadian actress’ character, “Lorelei Martins,” encounters Patrick Jane at the bar of a nightclub, where Jane tells her that he is a con man, which is quite the opposite of his current position as a criminal consultant. Jane is feeling down after another failed attempt to defeat Red John, a serial killer who is though to have killed his wife and daughter, so his sincerity in calling himself a con man is unknown.
“In the previous episode [my character] went haywire,” Baker recapped. “We jump to six months later and [he is] hulled-up in a dodgy motel room in Vegas and in a rapid emotional and spiritual decline.”
TRON: UPRISING stars Elijah Wood, Bruce Boxleitner, Mandy Moore, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Reubens and Tricia Helfer join the creative team to celebrate the launch of Disney XD’s new animated series TRON: UPRISING at DisneyToon Studios in Glendale, California.
Actress and long-time Raise Hope for Congo supporter Emmanuelle Chriqui opened up during an interview with Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast about what moved her to take action on Congo human rights issues.
JOHN: What spoke to you about these human rights issues and inspired you to get involved?
EMMANUELLE: I heard you and your friend from Darfur, Omer Ismail, and your level of commitment and passion, and it literally moved me to tears. I think that’s what I was searching for. My personal wake-up call. And to be in a space that was intimate enough to really feel and understand what everybody was saying and to be affected by it. That was really the trigger point for me. What was most inspiring of all was the acknowledgment that there was a lot to learn. It wasn’t like from one day to the next, I suddenly would become this massive activist. I needed to learn about the issues. I knew that I was moved, but I needed to understand what was going on. I needed to learn how to speak about what’s going on. I can’t bite off more than I can chew. That was a tough one because initially when you get involved in activism, you feel as though you want to do more, that you’re not doing enough. I started to brainstorm and thought, “My creative side can really help in all of this.” So it continues to be this ongoing learning process that ebbs and flows. I’m at the point where I see the impact that we’ve already made, just in regard to Congo because that’s the issue I really stepped up behind. Stopping the violence against women and girls was something that really resonated with me. How fortunate am I to be a woman with so many freedoms?
JOHN: Where does your desire to become involved like this come from?
EMMANUELLE: I come from a great family where spirituality and awareness are really important. When I watched the film The Greatest Silence, I remember being amazed by the strength and courage of these women. And I remember that it was initially a massive driving force for me. Like a wake-up call. That feeling that even on a really bad day, I am one of the luckiest people on the planet. To watch the stories of the Congolese women, seeing how spiritual they are, their sense of community, and the support system that they create among themselves in their villages is mind- boggling to me. That’s the story that needs to be told. In the film, a woman told a story about the worst atrocities I’ve ever heard that can be done to a woman. She was one of the women who started the group of women speaking at that church, almost like a therapy session. Each and every woman spoke about forgiveness and the presence of God in her life. Forgiveness? Presence of God? These women had the worst things happen to them. It was just the biggest strength of character I have ever ever heard of. It makes everything else seem so trivial. We learn from these women.
JOHN: In terms of the Internet tools, what has the most potential for spreading the word?
EMMANUELLE: Getting people to sign and pass on the online pledges or letters or petitions is important. This is going to go to the president so let’s gather as many names as we can. I know that when we did that a few months back, we got thousands and thousands of names. It was so easy: “Take this and put it on your e- mail list. Write a letter to your representative from your heart.” That’s what I did. I wrote a letter from my heart basically saying I rarely do this. I am moved to do this. If you would take two minutes to follow these directions, you will be making such a huge step helping humanity. It’s so easy. It’s already organized for us. We just need to take the few minutes out of our days to start.
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, November 29th, is director Renny Harlin’s riveting drama 5 Days of War, which stars Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. We have an exclusive look at this action-packed international thriller, with an all-new interview from star Emmanuelle Chriqui.
For most of us, the idea of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is something that exists only in a utopian society, a world far from the one we have now. But with the current shift in perspective prompted by repercussions that stem from a wasteful and unhealthy way of living, people are slowly realizing the importance of caring not only for themselves but for the environment as well.
Getting the idea to stick to mainstream consciousness is not an easy task. Although many organizations have dedicated time and effort in raising awareness on sustainability, it also helps that people see role models who can attest to the benefits of adapting the lifestyle. Hollywood A-lister Emmanuelle Chriqui is one of these role models who’s proud to share their views on eco-friendly living.
During a recent phone interview with Asian reporters, Chriqui revealed that she owes her inclination towards green living to her upbringing. Raised in an organic home, the actress had a deep understanding of the lifestyle which she continues to observe today.
“I grew up in a home where my mother always had a beautiful garden and made things from scratch. I think I’ve always had an appreciation of where food comes from,” Chriqui said. The actress makes it a point to eat healthy which is why she tries to observe a vegan diet.
From common practice, Chriqui found that the concept soon grew into a consciousness and a general concern for the environment. “I think that organically it just occurred to me that we need to take care of the planet, because if we don’t there would be nothing left for us and there would be nothing left for our children,” Chriqui enthused.
Chriqui believes that, in her own ways, she is contributing a lot to this green revolution. “This just became one of the things where once you learn about it and the more you learn, the more you practice. Things like recycling, eliminating the use of water bottles, conserving energy, driving a Prius (Toyota Hybrid), being 80 percent vegetarian has a tremendous effect on the environment and as well as your health,” Chriqui explained.
The actress also reveals her satisfaction with the way the community has started a movement which the rest of the world, including the entertainment industry, has been willing to adapt. “It’s just something I’m passionate about and excited to see that there’s really a movement. Certainly here in Hollywood, there is a giant movement to turn the industry green,” Chriqui shared.
If there is any ounce of concern left for the future, there’s no denying that going green is the only way to move forward. While we are long ways before we can come close to regaining what was lost from generations of abuse, it’s good to know that there are people out there making a difference in the world. While Emmanuelle Chriqui’s situation might be just a drop in an endless ocean, this speck creates ripples that reach far and deep. “It just excites me. I just think that it’s the wave of the future and I hope that people would just jump on board because without mother earth we don’t have anything.”
Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Mark Wahlberg chat with Access at the 2011 HBO Emmys party about “Entourage” coming to an end. What was it like on set the last day? Plus, why is there still hope for the show winning at the Emmys next year? Lastly, what’s the latest on “Entourage” as a movie?
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