Jordana Brewster

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Jordana Brewster
JordanaBrewsterMarch09cropped.jpg
Brewster at the 2009 premiere of Fast & Furious.
Born(1980-04-26) April 26, 1980 (age 33)
Panama City, Panama
Alma materYale University
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Andrew Form (m. 2007)
Children1
 
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Jordana Brewster
JordanaBrewsterMarch09cropped.jpg
Brewster at the 2009 premiere of Fast & Furious.
Born(1980-04-26) April 26, 1980 (age 33)
Panama City, Panama
Alma materYale University
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Andrew Form (m. 2007)
Children1

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 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 2-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 an interview, she ranked Gossip Girl, The Office, and House as her favorite television shows.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998The FacultyDelilah Profitt
2001The Invisible CircusPhoebe
2001The Fast and the FuriousMia Toretto
2004D.E.B.S.Lucy Diamond
2005Nearing GraceGrace Chance
2006AnnapolisAli Halloway
2006The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The BeginningChrissie
2009Fast & FuriousMia Toretto
2011Fast FiveMia Toretto
2013Fast & Furious 6Mia Toretto
2014North of HellFilming
2014American HeistFilming
2015Fast & Furious 7Mia TorettoFilming
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995All My ChildrenAnita Santos1 episode
1995–2001As the World TurnsNikki Munson114 episodes
1999The '60sSarah WeinstockTV miniseries
2007Mr. and Mrs. SmithJane SmithTV pilot
2008–2009ChuckJill Roberts4 episodes
2010Dark BlueMaria3 episodes
2010GiganticCelebrity2 episodes
2012–presentDallasElena Ramos25 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardNominated workResult
1997Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Teen PerformerAs the World TurnsNominated
2007Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: HorrorThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The BeginningNominated
2007Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: ScreamThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The BeginningNominated
2009Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: ActionFast & FuriousWon
2011Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: ActionFast FiveNominated
2012ALMA Award For Favorite TV ActressDallasNominated
2013Imagen Award For Best Supporting Actress in TelevisionDallasNominated

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. 
  6. ^ "The Faculty (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
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  8. ^ "The Invisible Circus (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
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  13. ^ "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  14. ^ Mitovich, Matt (January 31, 2007). "TV's Mr. & Mrs. Smith Finds Its "Angelina"". TV Guide. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ Mitovich, Matt (May 18, 2007). "Mr. & Mrs. Smith Series Still Gunning for TV". TV Guide. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
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  19. ^ "Fast Five Moves Away From Super 8". Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  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. 
  22. ^ "Fast Five (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
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  24. ^ Jordana Brewster of 2006 Hot 100 on Maxim.com[dead link]
  25. ^ "2009 Hot 100". Maxim.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  26. ^ "Chuck Versus the Fat Lady", November 17, 2008
  27. ^ a b Warn, Sarah (2007-06-06). "The AfterEllen.com Hot 100 List". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  28. ^ "Us Exclusive: Jordana Brewster Engaged". US Weekly. December 8, 2006. Archived from the original on March 18, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2007. 
  29. ^ "Actress Jordana Brewster Marries Movie Producer". People. May 9, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2008. 
  30. ^ Jordana Brewster Introduces Son Julian
  31. ^ "Chuck Spies a Rekindled Romance, with Jordana Brewster". TV Guide. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 

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