Page Six Full Interview 2

Brooklyn’s full interview for the Fall Edition of Page Six Magazine. Part 2

“It wasn’t weird for me,” Brooklyn says of marrying so young. “My mom got married when she was 19, and my husband’s parents got married young—in their 20s. And both sets of parents are still together. We’re so lucky. We had that influence around us, and basically, it came down to the fact that neither of us had to get married. We both were successful on our own, we both had our own income, we both had our friends, but it’s just what we wanted. It was never part of my plan to get married young, but we did it because we really wanted to. We saw no other way.”

Brooklyn counts on her husband to keep her grounded. She likes to dress up their bulldog in ridiculous outfits—as Mrs. Claus, or in a UNC cheerleading uniform or hot-pink net top—primarily because it embarrasses Andy. “That’s why I do it, because he hates it,” she says, chuckling. “It’s hilarious. I think the key to a happy marriage is laughing together. It’s kind of gross, but I’m pretty sure my parents still make out. They’re gonna kill me for saying that. But my dad comes home from work and grabs my mom’s butt—it’s really sweet. When you’re happy and laughing, that’s the key .”

She turns self-deprecating when asked if she and Andy have the hots for any other celebrities. “Andy definitely has crushes. He loves women in their forties and fifties. He loves Christie Brinkley and Diane Lane. A woman who’s graceful and has it all together. So not me.”

Of course, he loves her, even if she’s not yet of a certain age. “The great thing about being married to an athlete is that their bodies are like machines,” she says. “They don’t go, ‘Oh, she’s really skinny, or her butt’s great.’ Athletes find capability attractive. My husband loves that I can go for a run and not be tired.”

Tall from an early age (“I wore my mom’s size 8½ shoes in fifth grade”), Brooklyn has always been sporty. Growing up, she played soccer, and as a student at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C. (near Charlotte), she was a cheerleader (“We won State two years!”) and competed on the track team. “I ran hurdles, but I tripped over them and busted my knees.”
BROOKLYN’S FINEST: Brooklyn smolders down under the bridge in a nOir Jewelry ring ($250), a nod to the city landmark and her very first time shooting on it.

“My parents were very strict,” Brooklyn adds of her mother, a nurse, and her father, a medical salesman (there’s also her 21-year-old brother, whose nickname is “Crash”). “I wasn’t allowed to watch cable—no VH1 or MTV—because my parents wanted us to be outside. I wasn’t allowed to watch That ’70s Show!” Family vacations were always activities like mountain biking or or hiking. “My family was always very active,” she says. “I’m glad. Kids should know how to build forts.”

In 2002, when she was just 16, she joined a modeling agency at the urging of friends and became the face of a prom-dress designer, Mauri Simone. Less than three years later, fresh out of high school, she moved to New York City and signed with Marilyn Model Management. The following year she first appeared in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue wearing a postage-stamp sized polka-dot string bikini, and she has graced the issue’s pages every year since—an exceptional trajectory that has as much to do with her sparkling personality (everyone who works with her loves her) as with her envy-inducing 34-24-35 stats.

When it comes to high fashion, however, Brooklyn has not always been so lucky. “When I started out, I wanted to be that tiny runway girl, but I’m not superskinny,” she says. “I have boobs. I’m very all-American. Quirky was definitely in, which I find quite beautiful, but that’s not what I am. In fashion, there needs to be something unique, and I wasn’t edgy. Plus, I’d walk in and be like, ‘Hey guys!’ with a big smile on my face. And they’d be like, ‘You are not cool. You are too nice.’ I got a lot of, ‘If you want to walk a runway, there is a standard that you have to fit. They’re not gonna change the standard for you.’ But funnily enough, the second I started accepting that this is who I am, I started working a ton.”
Brooklyn with Andy Roddick on his 28th birthday in NYC. Right: In May, with Jennifer Aniston on the set of Just Go With It.

Brooklyn with Andy Roddick on his 28th birthday in NYC. Right: In May, with Jennifer Aniston on the set of Just Go With It.

Brooklyn has always wanted to act, and so once her modeling career caught fire, she started auditioning. Four times, in fact, before landing the role of Adam Sandler’s “quote-unquote dream girl” in Just Go With It. She also sparked rumors that co-star Jennifer Aniston was so intimidated by Decker’s body that Jennifer flew in her private yoga instructor and resorted to the Baby Food Diet to drop a few pounds.

Munching on a mozzarella and prosciutto panini, she shakes her head when asked about the scandal. “I don’t know where that stuff comes from. Two people fighting is much more interesting than two people getting along. But I find it disappointing that people’s first instinct is to pit two women against each other. You get a few bad apples in there, but overall women do root for each other and want to help each other. Jen is such a doll—she is such a girl’s girl. Guys are terrified that if all the women band together we’ll take over the world, so they’re trying to keep us apart.”

That’s another thing about Brooklyn: Although she smolders on the covers of magazines and in sultry Victoria’s Secret ads, in person she’s your best girlfriend. Like Beyoncé and her onstage persona Sasha Fierce, Brooklyn portrays two different women: Brooklyn Decker, Sexpot, and Brooky (her close friends call her that), the fresh-faced girl who says dorky things like “Neat!” and trips a little bit walking into restaurants, as if she’s still mastering how to navigate her impossibly long limbs.

Her m.o. is to make everyone around her feel at ease, as if she’s not the hottest woman on the planet and everyone else doesn’t pale in comparison. She compliments waitresses and holds the door for strangers. When asked what kind of milk she wants in her latte, she replies, “Two percent. Or whatever you have back there that you’re trying to get rid of.”

Refreshingly, Brooklyn still feels the need to be nice to people, perhaps in part because people might expect someone so, well, hot, to be less than lovely on the inside. “To be honest, with all the success so far, there’s a lot of guilt,” says Brooklyn, seemingly uncomfortable with having won the genetic lottery. “Like, I don’t deserve it. With modeling, a lot of it is luck, and I feel like because I’ve been so lucky, I have to work my butt off to feel like I earned it. It’s kind of backwards: Normally you work your butt off to get something, but I feel like since I’ve been so lucky I have to work my butt off now.” As she finishes her coffee, she pulls her long blond hair up into a ponytail, ready to dash home and change for yet another business meeting later that afternoon. “I want it to be like I paid my dues, because I would feel like I’m cheating the system if I just got everything without working for it.”

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