Apply This Advice From Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui To Your Dating Life
Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui has been busy, to say the least. While in Miami promoting the film's recent release, and her cover spot on Ocean Drive magazine, we got a chance to catch up with the amazing La Chriqui. Spoiler: She's as cool as you hoped she would be, and beYOND sweet, gracious, lovely, and just plain nice. She talked Miami, what it's like to film with the boys of Entourage, and, most importantly, how to say yes to what you believe in when everybody else is telling you no.
How does it feel to be back in Miami, given your time spent here filming and with family?
Emmanuelle Chriqui: Being on the cover of Ocean Drive magazine, it's really just such an honor. I've had such ties here in Florida over the years. I've spent so much time, whether it's New Years Eve, whether it's been high holidays, whatever it is. Coming to Miami, I've had such fond memories. My boyfriend was born and raised here. I love Miami. It's my go-to spot. If I have like 3 or 4 days: Miami, easy.
You mentioned [in the print piece] how much you love the cuban coffee. What other favorites do you have in Miami?
EC: Other than the beach? These warm, amazing nights because it's freezing in L.A. every night. There's so much to do; it's kind of like whatever you are in for, you know? Incredible spa treatments, excellent restaurants...
Do you get to spend some time enjoying it while you are here tonight?
EC: Yeah, 100%! We're going to have this fun party and then go on a beautiful dinner and meet up with some friends. And, then, tomorrow I have a full beach day before I get on a flight to London, so it's great!
Congrats on Entourage. What are some of your favorite memories filming and being on set?
EC: It's such a pleasure to be on the set with the guys, really. After so many years—we're pushing 12 years now—fit feels like family. I've said it a million times and I mean it. All of the days that I know we are all going to be on set together, I'm like, 'Yes!' Because it's going to be full of laughs and it's going to be great. They're all consummate professionals, so there are no outrageous stories; it's just a great time when we're all together.
What have been some highlights of promoting the film?
EC: You know what? It's been a whirlwind. This is definitely a highlight. The premiere was a blast. I had my brother and sister in town and that was beautiful and crazy, but really fun.
How do you feel about reprising your role as Sloan for the movie?
EC: I'm so happy to do it. It had been so long since I had done it and I've been busy doing other things and working on Murder in the First, which is another show, and such a different character—like a tomboy, not glamorous, not any of that. So, to sit back in Sloan's shoes I was like 'Oh, this is so nice!' Of course, working opposite Kevin Connolly, especially, is such a joy. He's so good. He makes it's so effortless. And I look forward to knowing I have a good conflict scene with him—it's a good day.
What advice would you give to young women looking to be successful in entertainment?
EC: Really, honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I'd say there's a lot of rejection and you cannot take it personally. Know that your beauty and your charisma comes from the inside-out. It's not about the outside-in. Too much attention is payed to the outside. If you feel good in yourself, and you feel grounded, and you feel powerful, that is explosive. The rest is good, but that should be the first thing: Feel good about yourself.
Once more for the cheap seats in the back, shall we?
If you feel good in yourself, and you feel grounded, and you feel powerful, that is explosive.
Yes, yes, yessssss. Applied to dating, it goes like this: You determine how you want to feel in the relationship and, as you go along on your first dates, your Tinder dates, your setups, you pay real close attention to how each guy makes you feel. If he's not making you feel good in yourself, and reinforcing the fact, which you already know, that your beauty and charisma is radiating from your inner-most self, then you should be telling him to kick rocks.
When you feel good in yourself, and you feel powerful, and grounded, you stand up for yourself and you make fantastic dating decisions. No more feelings of being played, second-best, or crazy. And that feels effing great.