In tonight’s season premiere of Dallas, Jordana Brewster returns as the sultry and determined Elena Ramos. Here’s what you need to know about the 33-year-old Brazilian actress who has a successful career in TV and movies, while balancing being a new mom.
— Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) February 22, 2014
1. She Met Her Husband While Working on ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’
In 2005, Brewster met Andrew Form on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, where he was working as one of the film’s producers.
The couple has a son, Julian. According to Us Weekly, the baby was born in September through a surrogate.
She told Latina magazine about what’s it’s like to be married to someone in the movie business:
It’s so amazing to have a husband in the business who can challenge me and we can talk about his work and my work and understand each other in that way. I love getting his feedback and he likes getting mine. And of course, that has pushed me more to consider producing in the future.
2. She’s Latina and So is Her New ‘Dallas’ Love Interest
— Jordana Brewster ORG (@JordanaBNews) February 22, 2014
Brewster lived in Brazil as a child and credits that culture as having a big influence in her life.
She told the Huffington Post:
My mom is Brazilian and I lived in Brazil from the age of six to 10. I consider it a huge part of myself, because those were formative years growing up.
She’s incredibly ambitious and wants to prove herself, but she’s not willing to sacrifice her integrity for that. That’s something that I could really relate to. I don’t want to play a caricature. I don’t want to play someone that is overly sexual and that’s her only weapon. That would get old really fast. I always want to play someone complex.
This season, Argentinian actor Juan Pablo Di Pace joins the Dallas cast as the sexy self-made billionaire businessman Nicolas Trevino.
3. Paul Walker Said He Had a Crush on Her
Brewster was only 18 when The Fast and the Furious franchise premiered. Throughout the series, Brewster played Walker’s love interest, Mia Torreto.
Walker once told E News about their relationship and his affection towards her.
I love Jordana, I mean, I had a crush on her. I’ll always have a crush on her. She’s just such a good girl. Going back, we were little kids, you know? So I’ve always been really protective of her.
When Walked passed away last year, Brewster tweeted these loving sentiments.
Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.
— Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) December 1, 2013
missing and thinking of my friend today. Paul was one in a million.
— Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) December 26, 2013
In a statement obtained by E News, she talked about his generous spirit:
Paul was an enormous presence in my life for the past fourteen years. While many would be satisfied with material success it made Paul more convinced of the need to help others. He never spoke of his immense generosity or philanthropic endeavors unless I prodded, however. This is what made Paul, Paul.
4. She Went to the Same New York City Catholic School as Lady Gaga
At 10, she moved from her mother’s native Rio de Janeiro to Manhattan with her family. There, she attended the prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart, took an acting class at school, entered a student showcase, and got an agent. Alums of the school include Lady Gaga, Caroline Kennedy, and Paris Hilton.
It was in New York City that she got her break into television, starting her career as a soap opera actress.
She told the Huffington Post about moving to New York as a child:
And as a kid, it was funny, because when I came to New York at the age of 10, I always felt very Brazilian, and then in Brazil, I always felt very American—so I always felt a little bit out of place.
5. Her Grandfather Was President of Yale University and She Graduated From There
I was on a summer break from college shooting the movie in LA. I had no idea what we were a part of. None.