Jordana Brewster is a Panamanian-American actress and model. She made her acting debut in an episode of All My Children in 1995 and next took on the recurring role as Nikki Munson in As the World Turns, garnering a nomination for Outstanding Teen Performer at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Award. Her first role in a feature film was in Robert Rodriguez’s horror science fiction The Faculty. Take a look below for 28 more fun and interesting facts about Jordana Brewster.
1. Brewster was born in Panama City, Panama.
2. She is the oldest of two daughters. 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.
3. Her paternal grandfather, Kingman Brewster, Jr., was an educator, president of Yale University (1963–77), and the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1977–81).
4. Brewster is a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers William Brewster and Edward Doty.
5. She left Panama when she was two months old, relocating to London, where her younger sister was born.
6. She would spend six years, before moving to her mother’s native city of Rio de Janeiro, where she learned to speak Portuguese fluently.
7. 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.
8. Brewster graduated from Yale University with a B. A. in English in 2003.
9. Brewster made her debut in daytime soap operas, with a one-time appearance on All My Children as Anita Santos.
10. She next played the recurring role of rebellious daughter Nikki Munson on As the World Turns.
11. From 1995 to 2001, she appeared in a total of 104 episodes of the soap opera.
12. For her performance, she was nominated for Outstanding Teen Performer at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Awards.
13. Her first film role was in Robert Rodriguez’s horror science fiction film The Faculty (1998), written by Kevin Williamson and co-starring Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, and Clea DuVall.
14. In 1999, she appeared opposite Julia Stiles and Jerry O’Connell in a NBC television miniseries entitled The ’60s, playing a student activist.
15. Brewster lives in Los Angeles with her husband, producer Andrew Form, whom she met on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, in which Brewster acted.
16. They announced their engagement on November 4, 2006.
17. They married in a private ceremony in the Bahamas on May 6, 2007.
18. They have two sons: Julian (born September 10, 2013) and Rowan (born June 9, 2016).
19. In 2002, Stuff magazine named her the 96th hottest woman in their “102 Sexiest Women in the World”.
20. In 2005, Maxim magazine named her the 54th sexiest woman in the world in their annual Hot 100.
21. In 2006, Maxim ranked her at No.59 on their Hot 100.
22. In 2009, she ranked No.9 on Maxim’s Hot 100 and, to coincide with the release of 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”).
23. In 2011, Maxim Magazine placed Brewster at spot 11 in their Hot 100.
24. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Brewster and others told the stories of the people killed there.
25. In 2010, Brewster made a three-episode appearance in Dark Blue, playing an art gallery dealer named Maria, and guest-starred in two episodes of Gigantic.
26. She played Mia Toretto for the fourth time in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), which follows the remaining wanted fugitives on the heist from Fast Five.
27. Brewster had a four-episode arc between 2008 and 2009 on the NBC television series Chuck, as Jill Roberts, the title character’s ex-girlfriend from Stanford.
28. Brewster starred with Cameron Diaz and Christopher Eccleston in the independent drama The Invisible Circus (2001), portraying a grieving teenage girl who travels to Europe in 1976 in search of answers to the suicide of her older sister.