4 Lessons on Killing It from Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui

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We've always noticed something different about Emmanuelle Chriqui. Yes, she's unquestionably striking, but what we're picking up on goes beyond that; it's some sort of quiet self-assurance, an allure that simultaneously intrigues you and puts you at ease. In short, we've been digging her lady swagger ever since she stepped into our hearts and TV sets as Sloan, E's on-again, off-again love interest on HBO's Entourage (and for you veterans out there, remember her quick stint on CW's The O.C.?).  As Sloan, she balanced out the boy brood and served as the golden standard of cool-girl chic. Plus, her struggle with E was relatable -- who hasn't dealt with that particular type of love interest?

In our minds, the real Chriqui was just as cool as her Hollywood-bred character. Her latest interview in the May/June issue of Ocean Drive magazine confirms as much. In it, the down-to-earth actress talks playing with the boys, filming the big-screen version of Entourage (out June 3 of this year), adoption, and (yahoo!) female empowerment.

Turns out, she's as awesome as we hoped, if not more so. Should we ever have the privilege of crossing paths with the endearing Miss Chriqui, we're certain we'd become fast friends.

Here, our four major takeaways about feeling empowered from la brilliant Emmanuelle:

1. Stand in your power

Chriqui imbued the role with a palpable gravity, an understated poise that she refers to as “being in your power as a woman.” That, she says, is a theme in her life that has really served her on screen and off. “When you can walk through life feeling confident and feeling good about yourself—whether you [weigh] an extra five pounds or not—and it comes from deep within, that is really powerful.”

2. Help others stand in theirs

Equally exciting for Chriqui are the philanthropy projects to which she dedicates her time off the set. “I’ve started working with this amazing organization called I Am That Girl, to empower young women and let them know that they are powerful and they are incredible and they can change the way that they feel about themselves and therefore change the world. And I really believe that.”

3. Share your story courageously 

Chriqui also invests her time and effort in Raise Hope for Congo. “It’s just the most dangerous place in the world for women to exist; they use rape as a weapon of warfare. It’s terrifying,” she says. “And yet, these women there, their strength and their courage are something that we can learn from. They create these communities where they help each other, and they want their voices to be heard, so it’s really this very strong theme in my life. The more that I learn and the more that I grow, the more being in my power is everything.”

4. Set an example 

“I always had this very strong support. It wasn’t until I was older that I was really able to appreciate the gift that she had left me in a short amount of time: everything from cooking and setting a beautiful table and just the tradition of being a fighter,” Chriqui continues. “My mother was such a fighter. The cancer just devoured her, but to the last moment she fought and lived life; two weeks before her death, even though it would take her four hours to get ready, she was very coquettish and she was getting ready and you’d ask, ‘You need help, Mom?’ And she’d say, ‘Nope.’ She was going to do it on her own. And those are the kind of things that when I least expect it, I remember them and go, ‘Wow.’”

Wow, indeed. There's more where this came from over on Chriqui's Twitter and Instagram. And if you're so inclined, read her full story on OceanDrive.com