Chriqui relishes Yoko role
Sloan is Yoko.
Okay, maybe that’s overstating it.
But beautiful Canadian actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, who plays Sloan in the popular series Entourage, relishes the suggestion that her character is strong enough to threaten the boys’ club.
“I love that you think that,” Chriqui said. “That’s tremendous.”
You’ll recall, of course, that the Beatles broke up. It may have had nothing or everything to do with the influence of Yoko Ono after she hooked up with John Lennon, but yes, the Beatles did break up.
“What’s important to note, and even as an actor it has been important never to lose track of this, is that Entourage is the boys, and will always be the boys,” Chriqui said. “The ladies come in and give it different colours here and there, but ultimately, with that clan, I don’t see it breaking apart any time soon.”
Entourage returns with a new episode this Sunday on The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada. It’s one of those shows that has developed a cult following — if you’re in the club, you’re really in the club.
“It is shocking sometimes, but I don’t get recognized on the street every day,” said Chriqui, 29. “Definitely the boys do, 100%. I get little hoots and hollers sometimes, but I don’t feel like, ‘Oh my God, I have to go out looking my best all the time.’ I totally can pass under the radar.”
Well, you’ll have to excuse us if we don’t quite believe Chriqui passes “under the radar” very often. After all, this is someone who ranked No. 37 on Maxim magazine’s “hot 100” list last year.
Chriqui was born in Montreal, but moved to the Toronto area when she was a toddler and went on to attend Unionville High School. She ventured to the United States to pursue her acting career and landed roles in movies like Detroit Rock City, Snow Day, On The Line and In The Mix, but her profile got a huge boost with TV roles on The O.C., Unscripted and Entourage.
Chriqui still has family in Toronto and Montreal and she visits when she can, but the bulk of her life is split between New York and Los Angeles.
“Usually people pick one or the other,” Chriqui said. “But the love of my life lives in New York, so we go back and forth.”
Sloan doesn’t make a huge impact in the premiere episode of Entourage’s new run (Season 3B, they’re calling it). But in the second episode her status as the girlfriend of Eric (Kevin Connolly) intrudes upon the tightly knit world created by Vince (Adrian Grenier), Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara).
“They’re shooting the fourth season right now and with this show it’s script to script,” Chriqui said. “To be honest with you, I don’t know the future of Sloan. I just assume Eric and Sloan are not going to stay in la-la land forever. Either they get married, or they end it.”
We all know how that’s going to turn out. Eric is a fool, but peer pressure is a powerful thing.
Whatever happens, the exposure Chriqui has received on Entourage has opened a world of possibilities.
“Entourage has brought a visibility I never had before.” Chriqui said. “I can say, truly, that everything I’ve been auditioning for I’d love to be part of. That doesn’t always happen, so it’s nice.
“It’s kind of like a chess game. We’ll see what the next move is.”
If only the real Yoko had as many career options.
Chriqui relishes Yoko role