Brooklyn Decker on Romance, Dream Costars, and Kate Upton’s ‘SI’ Cover
Even though she’s married to tennis superstar Andy Roddick, model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker has had no trouble establishing an identity of her own.
Not only has she graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and been named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive, but she has also successfully made the tough transition from model to actress. Last year, she starred alongside Rihanna in Battleship and opposite Dennis Quaid in What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
What’s next for Decker? “I’m hoping to do more comedy,” she says. “I love being around funny people—you just have fun on set. Hopefully we’ll have something to announce shortly.”
This Valentine’s Day, Decker was busy promoting Gillette’s Kiss and Tell experiment, which surveyed across the country about whether they prefer men with clean-shaven faces or some scruff. The result? Eighty-five percent of women preferred a smooth face. “It was surprising to me, because mustaches and beards are quite popular,” Decker says. “But honestly, no woman wants to have sand paper on her face. I don’t want to get beard burn on my face or have bumps all over my chin!”
Decker, 25, talked to Parade.com about romance, her dream costars, her expert opinion on Kate Upton’s new Sports Illustrated cover, and more.
On who in Hollywood has the best facial hair.
“Al from Home Improvement. He has an awesome beard and he wears flannel all the time which is really cool.”
On (not) celebrating Valentine’s Day.
“I’m the worst person when it comes to Valentine’s Day. I’ve never really celebrated it. I’m usually working on Valentine’s Day, so I’ve never really been a big celebrator of it. I’m of the belief that if you need one holiday to make sure that you show somebody that you love them, then you probably need to work harder throughout the rest of the year.”
On what “romance” means to her.
“I am not romantic at all. The more romantic something is, the more unattractive it is to me. I’m kind of like a boy. I’ve never been a big romantic person. I don’t like the big sweeping gestures. I think if you can laugh with someone and have fun, that’s plenty.”
On Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover.
“I thought it was beautiful. The fact that they shot in Antarctica is really special. That had to be one of the most difficult things, as far as weather conditions go. I’ve had photo shoots in summer clothes on a glacier in Alaska, and that was pretty tough, but even so, it was much warmer than Antarctica and I wasn’t in a bikini!”
On staying fit while living in food-rich Austin.
“The best part about Austin is they have the most indulgent, wonderful restaurants and the best chefs, but at the same time, it’s one of the most fit cities in the country. People are really active and outside all the time. We’re lucky that it’s warm 10 months out of the year, so you can be outside all the time hiking and kayaking. There’s a big community of fitness down there, so you can eat your barbeque and have your homemade Amy’s ice cream, but then you can go run Town Lake.”
On who she’s dying to work with.
“I’d love to work with Robin Williams. I think he’s incredibly funny and a wonderful dramatic actor as well, and I feel like he would have the best stories. I just think he’s a huge talent and I would love to work with him. I’m a big fan of comedians. Jim Carrey as well, who was in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and was unbelievable in that. They would have great stories to tell and really great advice to give, and I think they’d be incredible to watch on set.”
On her life goals.
“If I died tomorrow, I would die a very happy woman, so I’m pretty content with what’s happening. Hopefully I’ll keep acting. I love making movies and I love television, so if I can keep doing this and call this my job, then I’ll consider myself one of the luckiest people.”