Chriqui is reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour in the sense that the only glimpses we see of her personal life exist on red carpets. Her work on Entourage allows us to believe that there are many Sloans out there in our regular-people world, and that we are all just as deserving as Eric of a beautiful, funny and easygoing woman on our arm.
And while Sloan might be attainable to the Everyman, Emmanuelle is not. When doing research on you for this interview, I realized that I really don't know a lot about your personal life. Why is it important to you to keep a low profile? I feel like I want to be known first and foremost for my work.
The rest is not my priority. I want people -- if they think of me -- to think of a film they really enjoyed or something that they saw. I am more comfortable that way. Plus Twitter seems to be taking over Hollywood, making celebrities more accessible. What are your thoughts on the social network? I have been thinking about this a lot. You know what I mean? On Entourage, Vince goes from paparazzi-infested events to being totally low-profile in Hollywood.
Is that something that can be true to life in Hollywood? Is it easy to avoid paparazzi? It is, it really is. For example, I went out last night, and I knew the promoter of the place.
I knew that there was a lot of press on the front. I just called and said: I was just out with this girlfriend of mine, and we had this amazing dinner. We just wanted a fun night out without all the hoopla. I always knew there was a back door. There is a back door. I laughed because I thought that is so crazy! Is it because of fans of the show? The women who make the list are all over the board. That is just a massive compliment to me -- people recognize that I care about other things.
We just got the results in this week. Megan Fox, for instance, is No. Because we were over-saturated with her this year. I think that happens in our business a lot. Somebody pops -- sometimes overnight or over the course of a year -- and they become all the rage.
You just wrapped Season 6 of Entourage. So what made the creators change their minds to keep her on? I think it was a multitude of things. I think the dynamic between E and Sloan really works. It was a really natural evolution. It made a nice balance to the show. And then, of course, I think it was just timing. I read that Kevin Connolly is actually one of your best friends.
Does that help the chemistry or make it more awkward? Kevin is also a bit of a confidante. He is a really smart guy, and he has been in the business forever. Sometimes we can be snippy with each other like a real couple. The women on the show [check out AskMen. And because I also work in a super guy-heavy atmosphere at AskMen. Oh, she [ Malin Akerman ] became one of my best friends too!
So how did you two get comfortable going at it and knowing that HBO would handle it properly? We were looking for the girl. We held auditions, and Kevin and I sat in on the auditions. The moment that Malin walked in, we were like: Malin and I went out for drinks. We had gone out one night and it turns out that, as much as Malin is Swedish, she was raised in Toronto. She knew my very first boyfriend.
It was surreal, just that whole Canadian [thing]. It was funny because she got married like six months later and, on the show, the week that she was filming, she goes: Proof is in the pudding: We are great friends to this day.