Friends with Better Lives debuts after the season finale of How I Met Your Mother on March 31.
The sitcom follows a group of twentysomething friends, and Brooklyn Decker plays Jules, who is entering into a flirty, new relationship.
Here’s what you need to know about the 26-year-old model turned actress.
1. She’s Married to a Tennis Pro
Former number one tennis player in the world, Andy Rodick saw his future wife on a sports talk show, and had to meet her. So, two years later, he had his agent call her agent.
She told the Daily Mail, “He wooed me. But it took five months until I called him back! And then that was that.”
As they were on their first date-dinner and a comedy show- Decker knew she had found the man she was destined to marry. She was 19 at the time.
I said, ‘This guy is a catch. This is the man I’m going to marry.’ He made me laugh – he is hilarious and he is also chivalrous.
When asked if she plays tennis like her husband, she said,
“No! I don’t play at all. I figure it’s a dangerous situation to try to learn a skill from somebody you love. Stay away. Stay far, far away – leave the tennis to him.”
2. She’s Named After a Horse, Not the Borough She Lives In
She told Vanity Fair the origin of her unique name:
I’m named after a horse. My mom’s best friend had a horse named Brooke, so my dad suggested ‘Brooklyn’ as a more formal version, and it just stuck — and now I live in Brooklyn part-time, so go figure.
Ironically, she moved to New York when she moved out at 18 years old.
She lived there for almost five years, and told the Daily News, “It still feels like home when I’m in Brooklyn.”
She has a house in Brooklyn now with Roddick.
People magazine reported that her and Roddick “have been splitting their time between their homes in Palm Beach, Florida, Austin, Texas, and the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn.”
3. She Calls This Sports Illustrated Cover Her ‘Launching Pad’
— Martha Debayle (@marthadebayle) March 5, 2014
However, the former model said that a modeling career wasn’t really her calling.
She told the Daily News, “Sports Illustrated loved me, but I wasn’t that successful in the modeling business.”
I loved the travel but I didn’t love the work. I mean, come on, modelling is only so stimulating!
4. Shooting the Pilot of the Sitcom Was The Most Nervous She’s Ever Been at Work
In an interview with Zap2it, she said,
When we were shooting the pilot, it was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been going into a job. I was shaking and sweating, and my teeth were chattering.
The former model told the Daily News that her plan was always to pursue acting:
I set out to go into acting.And this show is great, because I love comedy. I don’t know if I was considered ‘funny’ when I was growing up. … People who have known me for a while would always be really surprised when I would, like, tell a dirty joke.
From the looks of her Instagram post, filming the show has been enjoyable for her.
5. She Had Never Left North Carolina Before Moving to New York
The self-proclaimed tomboy grew up very modestly in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The daughter of a nurse and a sales associate at a medical company, she lived very simply.
In fact, she told the Daily Mail:
We weren’t allowed to watch TV. We didn’t have passports and we didn’t travel – it was too expensive.
When she was 16, a modeling scout discovered her in the mall, and two years later, she had moved to New York.
However, the North Carolina native still has pride for her state.
When it comes to college basketball, she always roots for UNC.
She told The Big Lead:
I grew up in North Carolina and I just like what UNC is about a little bit better. i love the campus, Michael Jordan, Dean Smith … i like the history there.