Jordana Brewster (born April 26, 1980) is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in her late teens, in an episode of the soap opera All My Children in 1995. 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 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 as Mia Toretto. She reprised the role in its sequels, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Furious 7. 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. After guest roles in several television shows such as Dark Blue and Gigantic, Brewster starred as Elena Ramos in the television series Dallas between 2012 and 2014. She currently stars as Dr. Maureen Cahill on the Fox buddy cop action dramedy series Lethal Weapon, and as Kate Warner on the second season of the ABC anthology crime drama series Secrets and Lies.
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. Her paternal grandfather, Kingman Brewster, Jr., was an educator, president of Yale University (1963–77), and the U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. (1977–81). Brewster is a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers William Brewster and Edward Doty. She 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. 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. Brewster graduated from Yale University with a B. A. in English in 2003.
Early career (1995–2000)
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 1998. For her performance in the show, she was nominated for "Outstanding Teen Performer" at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Brewster's film debut was in Robert Rodriguez's 1998 horror science fiction film, The Faculty. In the film, she played a popular vindictive cheerleading captain/ editor in chief of the student paper. 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 a student activist.
Brewster had her breakthrough role when she starred as Mia Toretto 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). 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." After this film, she took a break from acting to complete her B. A. in English at Yale from which she graduated in 2003. The following year, she returned to acting by playing as a lesbian criminal mastermind in the action comedy D.E.B.S. (2004). She also appeared in the 2005 independent teen drama film set in late 1970s, Nearing Grace.
In 2006, Brewster co-starred in the drama film Annapolis. Later that year, she appeared in the horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. For her performance, Brewster was nominated for both "Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller" and "Choice Movie: Scream" at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards.
Brewster portrayed the role of Mrs. Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a spin-off pilot to the 2005 film of the same name which was made for ABC. 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 appearing in four episodes of the show between 2008 and 2009.
Recent work (2009–present)
Brewster returned to 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. The film was a commercial success, with an over $353 million worldwide gross. 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."
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 appeared in the fifth film of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Five (2011). The film was 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. Brewster has starred as Elena Ramos on the TNT revival of the prime-time drama series Dallas (2012–2014). She also reprised her role as Mia Toretto in the sequels Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Furious 7 (2015).
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.
In 2016, she was cast in Lethal Weapon as Dr. Maureen Cahill, and also stars in the second season of Secrets and Lies as Kate Warner.
In the media
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. 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"). Brewster was placed 8th on afterellen.com's "100 Hottest Women" list in 2007, and placed 22nd in 2008. In 2011, Maxim Magazine placed Brewster at spot 11 in their Hot 100. In 2013, she did a photoshoot for GQ México.
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. They announced their engagement on November 4, 2006. They married in a private ceremony in the Bahamas on May 6, 2007. On September 10, 2013, their first child, Julian, was born via a gestational surrogate. On June 9, 2016, their second son, Rowan was born via a gestational surrogate.
|1998||The Faculty||Delilah Profitt|
|2001||The Invisible Circus||Phoebe|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Mia Toretto|
|2005||Nearing Grace||Grace Chance|
|2006||The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning||Chrissie|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Mia Toretto|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6|
|2014||Home Sweet Hell||Dusty||Direct to video|
|2014||American Heist||Emily||Direct to video|
|2015||Furious 7||Mia Toretto|
|1995||All My Children||Anita Santos||1 episode|
|1995–1998||As the World Turns||Nikki Munson||114 episodes|
|1999||The '60s||Sarah Weinstock||Television film|
|2007||Mr. and Mrs. Smith||Jane Smith||Unaired pilot|
|2008–2009||Chuck||Jill Roberts||4 episodes|
|2010||Dark Blue||Maria||3 episodes|
|2012–2014||Dallas||Elena Ramos||40 episodes|
|2016||American Crime Story||Denise Brown||5 episodes|
|2016–present||Lethal Weapon||Dr. Maureen Cahill||Main cast|
|2016||Secrets and Lies||Kate Warner||10 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Teen Performer||As the World Turns||Nominated|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Horror||The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning||Nominated|
|2007||Choice Movie: Scream||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||Fast & Furious||Won|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||Fast Five||Nominated|
|2012||ALMA Awards||Favorite TV Actress||Dallas||Nominated|
|2013||NAACP Image Awards||Best Supporting Actress in Television||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||Furious 7||Nominated|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Actress in a New TV Series||Lethal Weapon||Nominated|