Biography & Career Of Brooklyn Decker

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Brooklyn Danielle Decker is an American model and actress best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, including the cover of the 2010 issue.

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Early Life

Brooklyn Danielle Decker was born on April 12th, 1987 in Kettering, Ohio. Her mother was a nurse, and her father was a pacemaker salesman. Her family moved to Middletown, Ohio when she was young, but they settled in Matthews, North Carolina, which is a suburb outside of Charlotte. She grew up there with her younger brother and attended David W. Butler High School. Her modeling career started after being discovered at a shopping mall in North Carolina, and she became the face of Mauri Simone, a prom dress designer. When she was just fifteen years old, she won the Model of the Year Award at the 2003 Connections Model and Talent Convention. When she was seventeen, she began modelling for Teen Vogue and would travel back and forth from North Carolina to New York City for work.

Modeling Career

After graduating from high school, Decker moved to New York City to pursue her career in modelling. She had only been in the city for a couple of months when she auditioned to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and she appeared in the magazine the next year. Prior to being featured in the coveted Swimsuit Edition, Decker had already modelling in magazines including Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and she had been featured on the covers of GQ, Esquire, and Flare. In 2007, she made it into the Swimsuit Edition again, and she hosted a behind-the-scenes special about the issue. She was featured in the magazine for a third time in 2008. After appearing in the special edition for five consecutive years, she was asked to be on the cover in 2010. She was only twenty-two at the time and stated that she was shocked to have achieved her dream at such an early point in her career.

She has appeared in campaigns for The Gap, Intimissimi, Venus Razors, and Victoria's Secret. In 2005, she served as a guest judge on the competitive reality television show "Germany's Next Top Model." In 2007, she had a feature on Sports Illustrated's website called "She Says, Z Says," on which she would discuss the NFL games of the week with Paul Zimmerman. In 2008, Decker along with other Sports Illustrated models rang the New York Stock Exchange Bell. In 2010, she was named one of the hottest women of all time by Men's Health. She has also appeared in music videos for 3 Doors Down and Jimmy Buffet.

Acting Career

In 2006, Decker made her first appearance on film in the comedy drama "The Devil Wears Prada" but her role was minor and uncredited. Her first credited appearance on film came with the 2007 comedy television movie "Lipshitz Saves the World," in which she starred alongside Leslie Neilson, Ty Burrell, and Jack Carpenter. In 2009, she guest starred on an episode of the award-winning NBC television series "Chuck," the USA Network series "Royal Pains," and on the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty." Being featured on the cover of the Swimsuit Edition lifted Decker's public presence significantly, and she started to transition into more serious acting roles. In 2011, she starred alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy film "Just Go with It." Despite the film being eviscerated by critics and winning two Golden Razzberry Awards for worst actor and worst director, it was a box office hit and grossed $214 million worldwide. The following year she played the role of a physical therapist in the adventure science fiction film "Battleship," which featured a star-studded cast including Rihanna, Liam Neeson, and Alex Skarsgård. Though it grossed just over $300 million internationally at the box office, the film failed to meet expectations with its budget of $220 million, and it received mixed reviews among critics. Decker was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress. That same year, she had a supporting role as the wife of a much older man who becomes pregnant with twins in the comedy film "What to Expect When You're Expecting." The film featured Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, and Chris Rock, but it was only a moderate success grossing over $80 million worldwide against a budget of $41.2 million. In 2014, she had a supporting role in the comedy crime film "Stretch" alongside Jessica Alba and Ed Helms. Although the film was originally to see a theatrical release with distribution by Universal Pictures, the studio dropped it, and the film's producer was unable to find another distributor. Ultimately, it was released on iTunes and as a video on demand, which contributed to it grossing just $5 million.

In addition to her earlier cameos on television, Decker starred in the one season comedy sitcom "Friends with Better Lives." She has made appearances on the television shows "The League," "New Girl," and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." In 2015, she was cast in a supporting role for the Netflix series "Grace & Frankie," and she continued to be a regular on the show until it concluded in its seventh season.

Personal Life

In 2007, she began dating tennis star Andy Roddick, and they became engaged the following year. They married in 2009 and live in Roddick's hometown of Austin, Texas. The couple has two children together. Decker is a fan of the Carolina Panthers football team and the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team.

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Net Worth

Brooklyn Decker is an American fashion model and actress who has a net worth of $40 million.

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