Tell me about Jordana Brewster from the movie Fast Five.
—Clive Potts, Alamogordo, N.M.
Born in Panama, Brewster, 31, comes by her beauty from her mother, Maria João, a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model from Brazil. Her paternal grandfather was the president of Yale University, and after filming The Fast and the Furious, her 2001 breakthrough role, she completed her English degree at the Ivy League school.
Brewster, who began her career in the soap operas All My Children and As the World Turns, has lived in England and Brazil and speaks Portuguese fluently. Married to film producer Andrew Form, she agreed to return for the fifth Fast & the Furious movie because her character, Mia Toretto, finally gets to play with the big boys.
“One day I came to the set and there was a harness and I was, ‘What is that for?’“ she recalls. “I had a 30-foot jump. It was so gratifying to finally be able to be a part of the action and not just the stunt driving, but literally jumping off the roofs. We did the jump once, and I wanted to do it again. We ended up doing the jump about five times.”