Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui
(; born December 10, 1977) is a Canadian actress
who has appeared on both television and in cinema. She is perhaps best known for her role on HBO
as Sloan McQuewick, as well as the love interest of Adam Sandler
in the movie You Don't Mess with the Zohan
. In May 2010, she topped the AskMen.com
Most Desirable Women of 2010 list.
Chriqui was born in Montreal
, the daughter of Moroccan Jewish
immigrants. Her mother was born in Casablanca
and her father in Rabat
, and Chriqui has relatives in Israel
. Her family practised Orthodox Judaism
in the Sephardic
Chriqui has an older brother, Serge, and an older sister, Laurence. When she was almost two, her family moved to Toronto, Ontario
. She grew up in Markham-Unionville
, a suburb northeast of the city.
As a child, she took acting classes, for which her older brother paid. Chriqui attended the drama program at Unionville High School
. After high school, Emmanuelle decided to pursue a career in acting.
Chriqui began acting as a 10-year-old in a McDonald's
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