Jordana Brewster

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Jordana Brewster
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Brewster at the 2009 premiere of Fast & Furious.
Born (1980-04-26) April 26, 1980 (age 34)
Panama City, Panama
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Andrew Form (m. 2007)
Children 1

Jordana Brewster (born April 26, 1980)[1] is a Brazilian-American actress. She began her acting career in her late teens, with a 1995 episode of the soap opera All My Children. She followed that appearance with the recurring role as Nikki Munson in As the World Turns, for which Brewster was nominated for Outstanding Teen Performer at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Award. She was later cast as Delilah Profitt, one of the main characters in her first feature film, Robert Rodriguez's 1998 horror science fiction The Faculty. She also landed a starring role in a 1999 NBC television miniseries entitled The 60s.

Her breakthrough role came in the 2001 action film The Fast and the Furious. Other film credits include the 2004 action comedy film D.E.B.S., the 2005 independent drama Nearing Grace and the 2006 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, for which she received two Teen Choice Award nominations. She had a recurring role in the NBC television series Chuck and starred in the 2009 film Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of the The Fast and the Furious film series. After guest roles in several television shows such as Dark Blue and Gigantic, she appeared in the fifth film in the franchise, 2011's Fast Five. She stars as Elena Ramos in the television series Dallas, and appeared in the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6.

Early life[edit]

Brewster was born in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João (née Leal de Sousa), is a former swimsuit model from Brazil who appeared on the 1978 cover of Sports Illustrated, and her father Alden Brewster is an American investment banker.[2] Her paternal grandfather, Kingman Brewster, Jr., was an educator, diplomat, and president of Yale University. Brewster left Panama when she was two months old, relocating to London, where she would spend six years, before moving to her mother's native city of Rio de Janeiro, where she learned to speak Portuguese fluently.[3] She left Brazil at the age of 10, settling in Manhattan, New York City, where she studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and graduated from the Professional Children's School. She graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut with a B.A. in English.[1][4]

Career[edit]

Early career (1995–2000)[edit]

Brewster made her debut in daytime soap operas, with a one-time appearance on All My Children as Anita Santos, followed by a recurring role on As the World Turns as Nikki Munson from 1995 to 2001. For her performance in the show, she was nominated for "Outstanding Teen Performer" at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Awards.

Her first film role was in Robert Rodriguez's 1998 horror science fiction film, The Faculty. In the film, Brewster played the character of Delilah Profitt, a popular and vindictive girl who is the editor in chief of the student paper. The film received several favorable reviews[5][6] and was a major success at the box office, grossing over $40 million domestically.[7] Later, she was cast alongside Julia Stiles and Jerry O'Connell in a NBC television miniseries entitled The 60's, in which she appeared as Sarah Weinstock, a college student and radical activist. The miniseries premiered on February 7, 1999, in the United States and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.

Breakthrough (2001–2008)[edit]

In 2001, she starred with Cameron Diaz and Christopher Eccleston in The Invisible Circus, a drama feature based on Jennifer Egan's best-selling novel. The film was not well received by critics.[8]

Brewster had her breakthrough role when she starred opposite Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in the car-themed action film The Fast and the Furious, which was a box office hit (with an over $207 million worldwide gross)[9] and received critical acclaim.[10] Todd McCarthy of Variety.com stated that Brewster "is looking good and doing a better job here than she did as a searching teen in the recent The Invisible Circus."[11] In 2004, she played one of the main characters in the action comedy D.E.B.S., as Lucy Diamond, a lesbian criminal mastermind. She was cast in the 2005 independent teen drama film set in late 1970s, Nearing Grace. The film is based on the novel by Scott Sommer.

In 2006, Brewster co-starred in the drama film Annapolis. The film is about a young man (played by James Franco) who dreams of one day attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. That same year, she appeared in the horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which was released theatrically in October. In the film, she had the starring role of Chrissie. The Beginning was not well received by critics,[12] however, grossed over $51 million worldwide,[13] becoming a modest hit. For her performance, Brewster was nominated for both "Choice Movie Actress: Horror" and "Choice Movie: Scream" at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards. Brewster appeared in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, but her scenes were deleted.

Brewster portrayed the role of Mrs. Smith, the role depicted in the film by Angelina Jolie, in Mr. and Mrs. Smith,[14] a spin-off pilot to the 2005 film of the same name which was made for the ABC network.[15] However, ABC decided not to commission the series. She also joined the cast of the NBC television series Chuck, as a recurring character, Jill Roberts, Chuck's ex-girlfriend from Stanford. She has appeared in four episodes of the show between 2008 and 2009.

Recent work (2009–present)[edit]

Brewster reprised the role of Mia Toretto in the fourth film of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast & Furious, which opened on April 3, 2009.[16] The film had a big financial success, with an over $353 million worldwide gross.[17] In an interview with AskMen.com, Brewster explained her character: "In the first one I’m more of a wallflower and it's much more of a girlfriend-type role, but in [the new movie] I’m more of a woman. She’s far more tough. I deal with the repercussions of living in my brother’s world."[18]

In 2010, Brewster had multiple guest appearances in the television series Dark Blue, in which she played Maria, an art gallery dealer who flirts with Dean. She also guest appeared in the Gigantic episodes "Pilot: Part 1" and "Pilot: Part 2".

Brewster co-starred in the fifth film of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Five. The film was released on April 29, 2011.[19] The film told the story of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's characters fighting against federal agents and a corrupt businessman.[20] Filming of the movie began on June 28, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro[21] and finished in October of that year. Fast Five opened to favorable reviews[22] and has been a financial success, breaking box office records to become the highest grossing opening weekend in an April and the second highest opening weekend in Spring, earning $168 million.[23]

Since 2012, Brewster has starred as Elena Ramos on the TNT revival of the prime-time drama series Dallas.

In the media[edit]

In 2002, Stuff magazine named her the 96th hottest woman in their "102 Sexiest Women in the World". In 2005 Maxim magazine named her the 54th sexiest woman in the world in their annual Hot 100. In 2006, Maxim ranked her at No.59 on their Hot 100.[24] In 2009, she ranked No.9 on Maxim's Hot 100[25] and, to coincide with Fast and Furious, a photographic spread of Brewster in a range of black lingerie in the May 2009 edition of Maxim ("Life in the Fast Lane") aroused much interest. The latter shoot followed a striking scene in Chuck (2008) in which, as Dr Roberts, she had stripped down to her black brassiere to seduce the title character (Zachary Levi).[26] Brewster was placed 8th on afterellen.com's "100 Hottest Women" list in 2007,[27] and placed 22nd in 2008.[27] In 2011, Maxim Magazine placed Brewster at spot 11 in Maxims Hot 100.

Personal life[edit]

Brewster lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film producer Andrew Form, whom she met on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which Form produced. They announced their engagement on November 4, 2006.[28] They married in a private ceremony in the Bahamas on May 6, 2007.[29] On September 21, 2013, they welcomed their son, Julian, via surrogate.[30] In 2014, her sister, Isabella Brewster, married NBA player Baron Davis.[31]

In an interview, she ranked Gossip Girl, The Office, and House as her favorite television shows.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Faculty Delilah Profitt
2001 The Invisible Circus Phoebe
2001 The Fast and the Furious Mia Toretto
2004 D.E.B.S. Lucy Diamond
2005 Nearing Grace Grace Chance
2006 Annapolis Ali Halloway
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Chrissie
2009 Fast & Furious Mia Toretto
2011 Fast Five Mia Toretto
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Mia Toretto
2014 North of Hell Post-Production
2014 American Heist Emily
2015 Fast & Furious 7 Mia Toretto Post-Production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 All My Children Anita Santos 1 episode
1995–2001 As the World Turns Nikki Munson 114 episodes
1999 The '60s Sarah Weinstock TV miniseries
2007 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Jane Smith TV pilot
2008–2009 Chuck Jill Roberts 4 episodes
2010 Dark Blue Maria 3 episodes
2010 Gigantic Celebrity 2 episodes
2012–present Dallas Elena Ramos 25 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
1997 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Teen Performer As the World Turns Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Scream The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Nominated
2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action Fast & Furious Won
2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action Fast Five Nominated
2012 ALMA Award For Favorite TV Actress Dallas Nominated
2013 Imagen Award For Best Supporting Actress in Television Dallas Nominated

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "IMDB Jordana Brewster profile". IMDB. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Yale University Alumni Directory". Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Faculty". Metacritic. 
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  20. ^ Clark, Bryan (November 4, 2010). "Fast Five to Take Testosterone to New Level in IMAX". Movieline. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Fast And The Furious stars Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster take the pace down a notch in Brazil". Daily Mail (UK). November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
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  25. ^ "2009 Hot 100". Maxim.com. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Chuck Versus the Fat Lady", November 17, 2008
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  29. ^ "Actress Jordana Brewster Marries Movie Producer". People. May 9, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2008. 
  30. ^ Jordana Brewster Introduces Son Julian
  31. ^ "Baron Davis Marries Isabella Brewster!". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Chuck Spies a Rekindled Romance, with Jordana Brewster". TV Guide. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 

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