Earlier today, Emmanuelle Chriqui stopped by ABC News to talk about her current projects! Check out the interview below.
Emmanuelle Chriqui, the French-Morrocan-Jewish smokeshow everyone fell in love with on Entourage, is expanding her career to makeup. She’s the new face of Mineral Fusion, a small, all-natural, mineral makeup line sold predominantly in health food stores like Whole Foods. “Being an actor, endorsements come your way left, right, and center, so I’m very particular about what I put my name on. And I really, truly love this brand,” she told us. Chriqui recently sat down with me to share her best beauty secrets.
What drew you to this brand? “The products really work. You know, there are some beautiful foundations out there—my favorite is Armani Silk Foundation, it’s beautiful. But the fact is, I was getting beautiful, velvety coverage from Mineral Fusion. And it’s not full of aluminum and crazy stuff for your skin. I wear it on the red carpet and it photographs great.”
Have you always been interested in makeup? “Always, since I was a kid. My mom was an esthetician and she went to beauty school back in the ’60s. I just remember watching her do her makeup all the time. She always had her nails done, makeup on—her face was ready to go when she went out. I loved it. And I loved doing it. My sister let me do her makeup for the prom. And my friends, to this day, will come over and be like ‘Can you do my makeup?’ It’s fun.”
What about your male costars on Entourage—did you give them beauty tips too? “I worked mostly with Kev on that show. The others guys I saw in passing. But I tell you, Kevin Dillon has the eye. At every premiere or anything, he’d be like ‘Oh my god, look at that dress, you always, always look great from head to toe.’ The other guys would be like, ‘Oh hey, you look nice.’ As far as grooming, I would just remember to pay my guys a compliment. Like, ‘Oh, looking handsome today.’”
What’s the best tip you’ve picked up on set? “I’m a big fan of highlighter. It makes you feel more awake. I’m a big fan of bronzer too. I think it makes everyone look great. If I’m doing red carpet, I’ll do my bronzer under my cheekbones and down the sides of my nose. It makes your nose look less wide.”
Do you tend to play up your eyes or lips? “When I do dark lips I feel like it makes my nose look big. That’s just me. I’m an eyes girl. I love lashes and eyeliner.”
Has seeing yourself on camera changed the way you do your makeup? “One of the biggest things I learned from set is less is more. Let your skin breath, let it come out. We have this idea of perfection that is so unrealistic. We are our own worst enemy. No one is noticing that little scar.”
How do you prep your skin for awards season? “Generally for red carpet, I love to relax first. I love to work out. I love to eat well, drink tons of water beforehand, so on the night of the red carpet I feel good and ready to go. I also love to get a good body scrub. I go to a Korean day spa in LA for a super basic salt scrub. It draws toxins out of you so that must do something for your energy.”
And what do you do to workout? You were recently spotted at a class with Jenna Dewan-Tatum. “We went to a dance class that kicked my ass. It was fierce. I generally circuit train and do pilates.”
Emmanuelle Chriqui is the Montreal-born, Toronto-raised star of Entourage and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
She is currently working on several films between recurring episodes of The Mentalist, and the former AskMen.com’s “most desirable woman” is now the face of natural cosmetics brand, Mineral Fusion. Chriqui lends her time to Raise Hope for Congo, is an activist with the Environmental Media Association and is the spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada, but she took a few moments to meet with her (third) favourite writer.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Waking with an absolute sense of peace. Grounded, and ready to embrace the day without fear.
What is your greatest extravagance?
A 90 minute massage every day. I don’t actually get it, but I would if I could.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Saving yourself for marriage.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
More than one thing, but I would have to say my legs. It’s like my upper and lower body belong to two different people, and no matter what I do, they don’t seem balanced.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could sing like an R&B diva and play the guitar like Jimmy Hendrix.
What is your most treasured possession?
My father’s ring. I can still see his hands.
Now I wear it on a chain around my neck.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
A few things: Confidence without cockiness, a good sense of humour and thoughtfulness.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I love a woman that is empowered and in tune with her goddess energy. I find that inspiring.
What do you most value in your friends?
Unconditional love and loyalty. My friends accept that we have different lives, but they don’t judge and defend me when someone does.
I try to do the same for them.
Who are your favourite writers?
After Mike Benhaim? Hah! The author who’s had the most profound effect on me is probably Paulo Coelho, but I also really enjoy Khaled Hosseini.
He wrote The Kite Runner and 1000 Splendid Suns. Such a powerful storyteller.
Who are your heroes in real life?
That’s easy. My dad has always been my hero. He taught me all of life’s lessons with his words and actions.
He never complained, greeted the world with a smile and told me to live life fully and unapologetically. The most important qualities I possess, I owe to him.
What is it that you most dislike?
People whose fears keep them from venturing forward and living the life that they are meant to. It’s a waste of a precious existence.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Wow. There was a time after my mom died, when as a teenager, I could have gone down a darker path.
Instead, I managed to immerse myself in creative energy and stick to somewhat higher ground.
I am proud of how far I’ve come and how I am perceived by those who know me.
Tomorrow morning, Emmanuelle Chriqui and her “TRON: Uprising” co-stars Bruce Boxleitner and Tricia Helfer will be interviewed by EW.com during the Comic-Con live stream! Make sure to watch at EW.com at 9:30 AM (Pacific Time) for the interview!
Actress and EMA Young Hollywood Board member Emmanuelle Chriqui recently partnered with Green Works to bring awareness to The Reverse Graffiti Project, an epic urban cleaning initiative that reaches beyond the surface. Armed with the plant-based Green Works products, Japanese muralist Mr. Kiji transformed a busy (and very dirty) LA underpass into a beautiful work of art. If Green Works products can erase years of pollution to reveal eye-catching works of art, then imagine what it can do in your home.
Check out the Q&A below with Emmanuelle to learn more about this revolutionary project.
The campaign is all about small, everyday choices making a big impact. What are some of the ways you do this in your day-to-day routine?
I think small changes can be the most realistic because it can ease people in if they are just taking their first steps to be more environmentally conscious. I drive a hybrid car, recycle, take my reusable shopping bags to the store, buy organic and local, avoid using bottled water, among other steps.
The Reverse Graffiti Gallery includes installations from a LA underpass to the Broadway Tunnel in San Francisco; which is your favorite?
I think they are all pretty amazing, and I love the fact that you created art by removing the dirt from the walls in an environmentally sustainable way.
Do you have any tips for people who are wanting to make a change but don’t know where to start?
Everyone should try the things they are comfortable with – and home is a good place to start. We have daily green tips on www.ema-online.org to help get you started.
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.”
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