Jordana Brewster (born April 26, 1980) is a Brazillian-American actress and model. She began her acting career in her late teens, with a 1995 episode of the soap opera All My Children. 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 and 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.
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 pilgrim William Brewster.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.
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