Emmanuelle Chriqui's Bright New Day
BY LIZZIE SIMON
PHOTOGRAPHS BY NIGEL PARRY
Tank top, Bottega Veneta ($1,300). Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd.; bottegaveneta.com. Tennis skirt, Tommy Hilfiger ($228). 681 Fifth Ave., NYC; tommy.com. Earrings, Alexis Bittar (price on request). The Girls Room, 3 Guilles Lane, Woodbury; shopthegirlsroom.com. Elsa Peretti gold lacquer bangle ($1,650) and black lacquer bangle ($395), Tiffany & Co. 53 Main St., East Hampton; tiffany.com
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It is hard to believe that the Entourage gang could ever cease to exist. But as Emmanuelle Chriqui, who plays Eric “E” Murphy’s Hollywood legacy fiancée, Sloan McQuewick, is finding out, nothing lasts forever. Thankfully, for a still young actress with more to show the world, few things need last so long.
This summer is a pivotal time of transition for the 33-year-old, who appears on not one but two major cable network series—the second, a guest appearance as Sancia in the Showtime hit The Borgias. She is also starring as Tatia, a Georgian (the country, that is) schoolteacher suddenly caught in a combat zone in 5 Days of War, an international thriller costarring Hollywood heavies Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer and Rupert Friend, based on the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, opening August 19. Chriqui also recently signed on as a Friend of the Brand to luxury watchmaker Baume & Mercier.
In Love with the Hamptons
On break from shooting, Chriqui quickly establishes herself as an unrepentant sun worshipper. “I love the Hamptons,” says the French-Canadian actress, detailing her downtime routine. “Hang out on the beach, shower up, get dressed up, go to dinner—it is the epitome of summer to me.”
That schedule is also the epitome of Hamptons living. When Chriqui travels to the Hamptons, she stays with friends and is just as happy hitting the town (“You have no idea who is up there!” she exclaims) as staying in, where she says relaxing involves playing board games and drinking a bottle of wine. Her only must? The water. “I am a beach person in every way,” she says. “I do not hide from it ever, though I probably should.”
Back on the Entourage set, Chriqui describes the mood as “bittersweet,” citing the well-established rapport the cast and crew—especially her costars Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara—have created among each another. “It’s like instant magic,” she says. She will miss working with executive producer Mark Wahlberg, whom she calls “a silent force we all know is there. I have watched what he has done with his career, and it is pretty much perfection.” Chriqui has also formed a special bond with television paramour Connolly, who, she says, “has been in my corner from the very beginning. I have been known to call him for advice and he has always been there.” Despite this revelation, you get the sense that Chriqui does not like to gab about the intimacies of her personal life. Currently three years into a relationship, she would like to keep any more than that private, too. “I am very happy, and that is all I want to say about it,” she says, although she does divulge that he is in the entertainment industry but not in front of the cameras. “I like to keep it on the DL so that no one can poke and prod it.”
Styling by David Widjaja for introartists.com. Hair by Quentin Harris/Shantelle Powell Agency. Makeup by Matin, color consultant for Laura Mercier. Manicure by Tatyana Molot at artistsbytimothypriano.com. Fashion assistance by Molly Lloyd and KaiLee Parker
FASHION: ORANGE BACKGROUND: Floral-print top ($650), skirt ($950) and leather belt ($275), Salvatore Ferragamo. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd.; ferragamo.com. Shoes, Marc Jacobs ($795). Shoe-Inn, 123 Main St., Westhampton Beach; shoeinn.com. WHITE DRESS: Cotton lace dress with Swarovski embroideries ($5,775), satin bra ($275) and satin high-waisted panty ($275), Dolce & Gabbana. Americana Manhasset, Hirshleifer’s, 2060 Northern Blvd.; hirshleifers.com. Earrings, London Jewelers ($5,895). 2 Main St., East Hampton; londonjewelers.com. Cuff, Salvatore Ferragamo (price on request). Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd.; ferragamo.com. Crystal trim shoes, Dolce & Gabbana ($1,995). Americana Manhasset, Hirshleifer’s, 2060 Northern Blvd.; hirshleifers.com.