Born to a Lebanese father Zakaria Khoury and a Syrian mother Youmna Saud, Elissa Khoury (إليسار زكريا خوري) was raised in the The Bekaa valley in Lebanon. She earned a degree in Political Science from the Lebanese University. She is a Maronite Catholic. Elissa’s father, Zakaria Khoury, who studied and taught Arabic literature, died of cancer in 2004. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Her brother Kamel Khoury is a DJ. Her sister Norma is married and lives in Canada, her two other brothers are Ghassan and Jehad.
Famous for her passionate style of music and unique vocal capabilities, Elissa is often referred to as the “Queen Of Romance” and “Queen Of Feelings”. Elissa was the first Lebanese musician to win the World Music Award in 2005, 2006 and 2010 for best selling albums in the Middle East (Wikipedia).
With an extraordinary photogenic face and a body to die for, the dusky beauty from Karachi is currently a hot favorite of all the top fashion glossies and a must in all the good fashion shows. Her great walk and an hour glass figure allow her to transform and fit each designer’s personality. Iraj has a prestigious Head and Shoulders advertisement under her belt, where she was selected from a large number of hopefuls.
Streamlined five foot nine, she is one of the most sought-after models – in the business. Iraj is both well loved and well hated – in the modeling and fashion set. Those who don’t care much accuse her of being arrogant, difficult and snobbish. Those who do, say she’s sexy, sensuous and smart. And Iraj…..well, Iraj just likes to keep them all guessing.
When Iraj Manzoor saunters down the ramp no one looks bored. And neither does her. Iraj likes to get noticed; the appraisal is welcomed and almost demanded. She knows she has it. And expects everyone else to know it too. Iraj’s face has adorned the cover of nearly every fashion magazine in Pakistan.
His Current Gig: Jon Foster plays Graham Sloan in The Informers, an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about debauchery among the young, rich and beautiful in early 1980s Los Angeles. It’s no shock that former Abercrombie and Fitch model Foster plays one of the “young and beautiful.”
You Know This Face Because: Foster was a scene-stealer as Kim Basinger’s underage conquest in The Door in the Floor and has appeared in the horror flick Stay Alive and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He’s also little brother to actor Ben Foster of films including X-Men: The Last Stand and 30 Days of Night.
Why So Fresh? Foster didn’t rely on brotherly nepotism to attain his leading-man status. He worked his way up from bit parts (credits include “ampm cashier” in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) to meatier roles with industry veterans like Peter Saarsgard, Mickey Rourke and Jeff Bridges. The Informers reunites Foster with Basinger (who this time takes a turn as his mother) and plants him in the midst of a weighty ensemble including Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder.
Something Smart He Said: On The Door in the Floor: “I was very, very lucky to have my first job be this one because it’s hard to be typecast in this kind of a movie. After something like this, you don’t really get chosen to do something like this again.”
Why We Love Him: Foster keeps it in the family. He shares an apartment with his brother and calls the elder Foster his “best friend and mentor.” Foster’s talent extends to the musical realm; he’s both a skilled drummer and guitar player, and the Boston-born, Iowa-bred actor also enjoys fixing up classic cars … you know, when he’s not busy becoming the next big thing.
Your first impression of Obsessed was …
Ali Larter: When I was first sent over the script, I thought it was a modern take on the classic sexy thriller like Fatal Attraction. And I hadn’t seen one in a while. I thought the fresh take on it was that it took place in an office. And [it’s about] how modern technology has brought about a different level of intimacy between people. So we tried to explore that. And it was just so much fun to play someone who gets to freak out! At the end of the day that’s what was fun.
How did you find a way to relate to a character that is so … intense?
AL: What was really important to me, diving into this character, was finding the clues to her psychosis. You can’t play crazy as crazy. What happened to this girl that made her so desperate and in need for love? I needed to show the sympathetic side of her. It’s almost sad how far she goes to be with the man she loves. For me, that was the most interesting side of the character and also the biggest challenge — to make the character sympathetic.
Is she actually in love or delusional?
AL: She is 100 percent in love. At least for me, that’s where it all stems from. She just misreads his signals. He’s not innocent in this game. He kinda led her on, too. One of the things that we delve into is how things can get misinterpreted in an office environment. You can spend more time with your coworkers then you do with your husband or wife. So, in Obsessed we try to tap into those fears.
So now you join the ranks of other scary women of cinema, like Kathy Bates and Glenn Close.
AL: The gold standard is Fatal Attraction. That’s just a classic. Obsessed a just a really fun ride. The fight scene at the end is so much fun to watch. I heard that people have been screaming at the screen. Right now, we are in the middle of a recession, people are working their asses off and there is something fun about going to a dark theater with a crowd and just escaping for a while. Me and Beyonce get to act these wild fantasies.
Like the drag-out fight scene with Beyonce?
AL: Yes! We worked on the fight scene for a week to get the choreography down and make sure that it looked tough and rough. And it really delivers to the audience.
So Beyonce can throw a mean right hook?
AL: [Laughs.] I don’t mind getting bruised up. I do fight scenes on Heroes all the time. You gotta dance close to reality to sell it … but not cross that line.
How was working on a movie different then working on Heroes?
AL: It’s just a different medium. In a movie there is a very clear beginning, middle and end. With Lisa Sheridan, she’s a femme fatale. And that’s what made it fun. I hope I get to do it again. The fact that I get to play strong women makes me feel blessed.
You must have quite a busy schedule …
AL: I was shooting Obsessed and Heroes at the same time. That was the most grinding work schedule I have ever had. I would go to Heroes one day and then Obsessed the next. And that went on for several months.
Advice time: How would you recommend breaking up with someone so they don’t go nuts on you?
AL: Honesty. Honesty is the best policy at all times. That’s how you stay in a healthy relationship. If it’s not working out, then you have to be true to yourself and true to the other person. Maybe there is somebody else out there that’s going to love them and is more right for them. I think honesty is never wrong.
Ever had a personal romance get a bit too intense?
AL: I think everybody had a time in high school when they got carried away with the lovage. I remember calling a boy like 10 times in one night and going overboard with the crushes. But that’s when you are figuring it all out.