Brooklyn Decker’s Perfect Date
by Andrew Daniels February 14, 2013, 01:15 pm EST
Yes, THIS woman is spending Valentine’s Day alone.
Only one guy is lucky enough to call actress/model Brooklyn Decker his Valentine today—that would be her husband, retired tennis great Andy Roddick—and he’s not even around to take her out tonight.
“Andy’s in California, so we won’t be celebrating Valentine’s,” says the 25-year-old beauty, best known for iconic spreads in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and roles in flicks like Just Go with It and Battleship. But Decker isn’t exactly spending the holiday alone. “Instead, I’ll be watching a bunch of couples make out with each other.”
Relax, guys—she won’t be swapping any spit. Decker partnered with Gillette to see which kind of shave women across the country find sexiest. The results: 85 percent of women surveyed preferred a clean-shaven guy to one with stubble. So today, Decker’s in New York City to help break two world records: “The first one is the world’s largest shaving lesson—and there’s already an existing record for this, which I find to be so bizarre—and then after they get the guys clean-shaven, they’re going to try to break the record for the most kisses between a couple in 1 minute.”
Just another February 14, right? Before the event, we asked Decker to offer up her best Valentine’s Day advice—and you might be surprised to hear her stance on the holiday. Plus, she reveals her weekend plans (“air humping” and Beyoncé), sheds insight on Kate Upton’s new SI cover, and officially comments on being named one of our 100 Hottest Women of All Time.
MH: Why do you think women want a clean-shaven guy?
Decker: Well, it’s funny. I actually kind of like the look of a 5 o’clock shadow. I like a little bit of a stubble, because I think it’s kind of like mountain man-ish. But the thing is, no girl likes to feel like she has sandpaper on her face. Like if Andy has facial hair and he gives me a kiss, I leave with a little red mark on my face. So girls end up getting burn beards on their faces, which is never fun. That’s where the preference to kissing clean-shaven men comes in, which is why I think the study was so skewed in one direction.
MH: So you don’t like Andy with a beard.
Decker: Well I think it looks good that way, but I prefer to give him a kiss if it’s nice and soft, and not going to scratch my face up.
MH: Should I go run home and shave right now, so I’ve got a smooth face tonight?
Decker: Yes! That’s a really cute gift, and honestly a strong hint for a girl to drop for a guy. Because let’s be honest: We’re expected to shave our legs, right? If you’re going to kiss a girl and touch her legs, you don’t want to touch a forest—so why isn’t a guy expected to shave his face?
MH: Fair enough. While we’re on the topic, what’s your ideal Valentine’s date?
Decker: I’ve never been a big celebrator of Valentine’s Day, which sounds like I’m being Scrooge. But coincidentally, it’s the same week the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition always comes out, so I’m always with those girls. For me it was always a time to be with my girlfriends as opposed to actually celebrating the holiday, so I don’t have any plans tonight. I think it’s a really nice day, but if you have to have plans on a calendar to show somebody you like them, you’ve got to work a little bit harder.
MH: Valentine’s aside, what’s date night like in the Decker-Roddick household?
Decker: Well, our group of friends is crazy. Like, this weekend in Austin, all of our friends are getting together to watch the Air Sex World Championship. I’m so excited. It’s like an air guitar contest, but with air humping. I’m not participating, I’m only watching. But the best part about it is people had to win their state to actually make it to nationals! [Laughs]
MH: Wait, there were 50 air humping contests before this one?
Decker: Apparently! Our friend saw it advertised in Austin and said we had to come on down for it. It’s just too good not to watch. But my point with that is we always try to find really funny things for us to do with our friends. We have Sunday Fundays. Like, we’re having a Beyoncé dress-up event for her documentary premiere on Sunday. So it’s never really fancy dinners. We’re just having a really good time with all of our buddies.
MH: Besides a stubble-free face, what else can guys do to impress their women today?
Decker: Even though I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, I definitely don’t think it should be ignored. Because it’s Valentine’s and your girl’s probably seeing people around her get things, I think a card’s really sweet. Or a nice, thoughtful note. That would mean so much more to a girl than a big show of flowers and chocolates and dinner and all that. And while I’m sure a lot of girls like that and it’s very nice, a sweet note is fine. You’re acknowledging the holiday, but you don’t necessarily need a holiday to show affection. You don’t have to go all out.
MH: You know, you’re letting a lot of guys off the hook . . .
Decker: I know! Watch me get a ton of guys in trouble for saying that. [Laughs]
MH: Last year, we ranked you the 50th hottest woman of all time. Some of us around here thought that was way too low. I’ll give you a chance to yell at us and demand to be higher.
Decker: No, please! Are you kidding me? I can’t be complaining for being on the hot list. That’s awesome. If guys are fighting for me, I totally appreciate their efforts. Continue to fight the good fight, gentlemen.
MH: As a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue veteran, what do you think of Kate Upton’s new cover?
Decker: I love it. I love that they went to Antarctica. That’s so wild, and that’s never happened, so I think it’s a really beautiful cover.
MH: Apparently Upton said her body shut down after the shoot, since it was so cold there.
Decker: Really? I’ve never been. I went to Alaska for a shoot once, and that was hard enough, but that’s mild compared to Antarctica. I can’t even imagine. Where do you even fly to get to Antarctica? I don’t even know how that works.
MH: Beats me. Sadly, you won’t be appearing in this year’s issue.
Decker: I didn’t do it last year either. It’s funny: I kind of kicked off my career with SI, and the last modeling photoshoot I ever did was with the magazine. But ever since then, it’s been all acting. I miss the girls, and I miss the editors, because they were like family to me. But I did it for 7 years, so it got to a point where it was just time to do different things. For me to really try to be an actor, I think I had to give up the modeling thing.
MH: So it’s officially off the table?
Decker: Yeah. I haven’t done anything in 2 years. I don’t think it’ll happen again any time soon. Sorry!
MH: You just broke the heart of every guy in America.
Decker: Oh my gosh! Have you seen the other girls? Like, Marisa Miller did it for 7 or 8 years, and she left. People missed her, but they’re always bringing in new girls. I loved my time with them, obviously. They gave me my career. But I did my time, and it’s time for other girls to get their chance and kick some butt.