Born December 10, 1975 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Birth Name :Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui
Height: 5′ 3″ (1.6 m)
Emmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, Liliane (Benisty) and Albert Chriqui. Her family moved to Toronto when she was two years old. At the age of 10, Chriqui appeared in a McDonald’s commercial. She moved to Vancouver, guest-starring in series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990), Forever Knight (1992), Once a Thief (1996) and PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996). Her first Hollywood role was in Detroit Rock City (1999). Her breakout performance came in 2000’s Snow Day (2000), in which she played the foxy “Claire Bonner”. She appeared in rock band Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel” music video in 2006. Emmanuelle later starred in several films and was nominated for a DVD Exclusive Award as Best Actress for her performance in 100 Girls (2000). She also starred in the movie, Adam and Eve (2005), opposite Cameron Douglas. Chriqui increased her visibility by playing “Sloan” on the HBO hit show, Entourage (2004), and by starring opposite Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008). She reprise her role as Sloan in Entourage (2015).
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- Daughter of Sephardi Jewish immigrants from Morocco, Albert Chriqui (b. Rabat) and wife Liliane Benisty (b. Casablanca) and younger sister of Serge Chriqui and Laurence Chriqui, all raised for several years in Unionville, Ontario. She has relatives in Israel. Her family practiced Orthodox Judaism in the Sephardic tradition.
- Her last name is pronounced “Shreeky”.
- Filmed an appearance for the television series “Manchester Prep” (1999). The series was not picked up despite having several episodes filmed, and was later edited into the movie Cruel Intentions 2 (2000). Emmanuelle’s scenes were not used, although she appears in the trailer.
- Ranked #90 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World” (2002).
- She is bilingual in English and French.
- Ranked #81 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
- Is an alumna of the Arts York Drama Program at Unionville High School, a school that specializes in the creative arts.
- Voted 8th most sexiest girl of 2008 by FHM.
- Many of her relatives spell their last name “Chreky”.
- Friends with Lance Bass.
- Ranked #1 on AskMen.com’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2010 Edition.
- As of 2014. Is in a relationship with Gerardo Celasco.
- She lost both her parents to colon cancer. Her mother Liliane passed away when she was 16 in 1991 and her father Albert when she was 36 in 2011.
- Maternal granddaughter of Jacob Benisty and wife Esther Elkaim (daughter of Aaron Elkaim and wife Hnina Ruimy, paternal granddaughter of Mimoun Elkaim and wife Estreilla Ruimy and maternal granddaughter of Abrahm Ruimy and wife Aicha …).
Personal Quotes (37)
- (On Judaism) You know I grew up with the same holidays and such, in an Orthodox manner, in a Kosher home, and all of that. And those are strict rules to live by that I think really shape your personality and discipline. I think they definitely, whether I knew it at the time or not, subconsciously it definitely seeped in to just create a good balance.
- I have a theory that most people in Hollywood are from Texas.
- My career has been successful, but it’s been a grind of hard work.
- We have this idea of perfection that is so unrealistic. We are our own worst enemy. No one is noticing that little scar.
- Never reveal your insecurities to a man, because nine times out of 10 they have no idea they even exist.
- I always describe my career as something where nothing ever popped overnight.
- For the record: I wear makeup. All. The. Time. But I do it in a way that looks natural.
- Acting is not glamorous. It’s not. Anybody who wants to get into acting for the glamour is in for a hard time.
The girl next door isn’t necessarily blonde and blue-eyed anymore. So I don’t feel like I need to morph into that all-American thing.
- I look at my father. He is one of my heroes. He is such an incredible, classy man. He was such a great father and such a great husband in so many ways, and we lived through some pretty tough times losing my mom. When I see all that he did, I think, ‘Wow, that’s a really wonderful man.’
- I’m actually very sensitive to energies, and when people are not aligned, I can feel that.
- I generally circuit train and do Pilates.
- I feel like I want to be known first and foremost for my work.
- I don’t know why, but in my career and in my life, I often find myself in situations where I am the only girl among boys.
- I can celebrate food anytime. I love cheese. When I crave a certain food, I just eat it.
- I appreciate humor so much, but I’m actually not a funny girl.
- I love what I do, but I never want to OD on celebrity.
- I love European films in general. If I were to go to the movie store or something, that’s what I like to see.
- I love doing voice-over. It’s so fun.
- I have to be honest, I am a true jeans and t-shirt girl.
- I had to deal with death at a really young age.
- My elbows are double-jointed, so I can flip them inside out.
- Most actors want to sink their teeth into amazing material.
- Is it easy to avoid paparazzi? It is, it really is.
- I’m this little Canadian Jewish girl, and I’m living my dream.
- I tell the most horrible jokes.
- When you’re starting out, every line in a show or a commercial is like a huge success.
- When you have confidence, that’s what becomes attractive to other people and makes them want to work with you and spend time with you.
- When I look up and see a star, I know my mom is there. She’s with me all the time. It’s a powerful connection.
Someone once told me that the most dynamic actors are people who have stories. People who have lived life. People with experiences.
- Reese Witherspoon is my everywoman. She’s managed to have a family and this amazing career. That’s the goal.
- One tip I like is don’t forget your reusable bags when you go to the drug store or to the mall. I think most people think of the bags for the grocery store, but I try to take mine wherever I go.
- My mom was an aesthetician 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.
- 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.
- As a child I was given the freedom to explore my passion for acting, but I also grew up in a home where there were a lot of rules. I didn’t have ‘yes’ parents.
- A great day in New York would be to wake up, get a cup of coffee and head up to Central Park for a nice walk. Then I’d go down to the East Village and stroll around. After that, maybe I’d go check out a museum or catch an indie film at the Angelika.
- 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.