Rather than regarding her measurements as a blessing or a curse, Brooklyn Decker has a measured attitude.
Decker, who is one of the stars of the new sitcom Friends With Better Lives, is a former model who in 2010 was the readers' choice as Esquire magazine's “sexiest woman alive.” But Decker neither takes credit for her good looks nor shies away from them.
“You guys, it's ridiculous,” said Decker, referring specifically to the Esquire honour. “It's like, 'Thanks Photoshop,' I mean, it's so nice, especially when it's that time of the month, and you feel disgusting, and you have a big breakout on your face and you're super bloated, it's nice to be able to think, 'Okay, there was once a day of looking beautiful.' But, I mean, it's nothing you earn.
“I'm certainly not going to bite the hand that fed me. I know people take meetings with me because I had a name for (modeling). But I'm not going to take credit for my looks, my parents gave them to me, and then makeup and hair and Photoshop makes it better.
“I'm also not going to say, 'Oh, I'm pretty, therefore I can't get great roles.' That's bull----. I've had an amazing career because doors opened for me (through modeling). Now it's up to me to prove that I can stay here.”
For Decker, “here” means acting in general, but also Friends With Better Lives in particular. The sitcom debuts Monday, March 31 on CBS and City, right after the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.
Friends With Better Lives is kind of a How I Met Your Mother “replacement wannabe,” although the humour is more Two and a Half Men or 2 Broke Girls-ish. Friends With Better Lives is about adult friends at different stages of their personal and professional existences, and the ensemble cast includes Decker, Kevin Connolly, James Van Der Beek, Majandra Delfino, Zoe Lister-Jones and Rick Donald.
The 26-year-old Decker, who is married to retired tennis pro Andy Roddick, re-confirmed she has given up modeling. She determined two years ago that if she were serious about transitioning into acting, she didn't want modelling in her mind as a fallback.
“I just wanted to do good work, and I love comedy, it's a medium I'm comfortable in,” Decker said. “I wanted to work with really good people. I got lucky it's in this format. Up until this point, I've made my decisions based on who I'm working with, and I've been really happy with that.”
Nonetheless, Decker admitted she had to learn some things about doing a sitcom in front of a live audience.
“Letting jokes breathe, I'm terrible at that,” Decker said. “As you can tell, I talk, talk, talk, and I'm super fast. So letting jokes breathe and letting the audience laugh was something to get used to.”
The world got used to gawking at Brooklyn Decker. Now she's showing off her funny side, too.
We'll see how she measures up.