WHY SHES ON OUR RADAR: Chriqui plays a volatile Palestinian salon owner opposite Israeli counterterroristturnedNYC hairdresser Adam Sandler in the foot-soldier-out-of-water comedy You Dont Mess With the Zohan.
HER SHTICK: The sleek, sophisticated girlfriend who never breaks a sweat.
AS SEEN IN: After Sex, Adam and Eve, Entourage (as Es girlfriend, Sloan)
A REAL SCREAM: I think Sloan can maneuver herself well in a room, and so can I - Im a charmer, Chriqui (pronounced shrieky) laughs conspiratorially. But her cool factor is abnormal. I dont know any woman that cool! She never freaks out, and that isnt me - I scream, I cry.
LOOKING FIERCE: Im Moroccan, so Dalia, my character in Zohan, has a temperament that is more familiar to me. I got to tap into some of my grandmothers qualities - that fierceness. Moroccan women are very emotional. They dont really talk; they tend to yell.
BOYS DONT CRY: Im very comfortable in a room full of men. Im a daddys girl, so its been a recurring theme in my life. Theres no 'I cant believe she said that to me when you hang out with guys.
GIRL POWER: Dont get me wrong. I love a room packed with goddesses, too. I lost my mom when I was 16, and now when I have a heart-to-heart with a woman, theres nothing better.
COMIC RELIEF: I tell the most horrible jokes. I appreciate humor so much, but Im actually not a funny girl. I support the funny people. When I think about it, this is such a fluke: Here I am starring with Adam Sandler! What a ride.