‘It’s empowering and thrilling; all of a sudden they’re handing me a machine gun.’ Eyes lighting up, she wields an imaginary weapon and shoots the air. We built forts, we hiked, we went camping and they wanted us to be independent,’ she says.‘You realise how dangerous and powerful they can be. ’Brooklyn, a self-confessed tomboy, and her younger brother Jordan were raised in Matthews, a town near Charlotte, by Tessa, a nurse, and Stephen, who programmes pacemakers. ‘It’s how children grew up in the 1940s and 50s: outside all the time, playing in the dirt, riding your bike around.Praised by critics for her ‘natural allure’, she’ll soon be seen starring opposite Rihanna, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson in Battleship, the splashiest 0-million sci-fi blockbuster of the year.
I played sports; I played the violin and the guitar. We didn’t have passports and we didn’t travel – it was too expensive.’ Brooklyn smiles.
‘With my first pay cheque I sent my parents to Jamaica, so they actually got passports!
From the cute choppy hair and the bright white smile to the Valentino kitten heels, Brooklyn Decker, it has to be said, is also a whole lot more California than Carolina.
Married to tennis superstar Andy Roddick, Brooklyn was perhaps previously best known for sitting courtside, cheering on her husband at tournaments around the world.
And now she’s got her man, her heart’s set on combining a family with a film career In the world according to top model turned actress Brooklyn Decker, she is ‘just an ordinary girl from North Carolina’.
In the world according to me, sitting in a suite of a beachside Santa Monica hotel opposite this 5ft 11in creature, all startling sky-blue eyes and Angelina pout, she is anything but ordinary.
Speaking in an with Refinery 29 in 2017, she explained: 'I have help. I have a wonderfully supportive husband who is retired from his first career.
'I'm lucky to be allowed to go and work because I have support at home, and by the way that doesn’t just come with the entertainment industry, or fame, or money.'The model also praised stay-at-home mothers, adding: 'I think stay at-home-moms get a bad rap. 'Women stay at home, they tend to their children all day, which is lovely and luxurious, but it’s difficult work.'Brooklyn is best-known for her modeling work in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and has more recently branched out into acting, securing roles in Just Go With It, Battleship and What To Expect When You're Expecting.
The new arrival is a second child for Brooklyn and Andy, who are already proud parents to son Hank, two.
The couple began dating in 2007 and got engaged the following March.
‘I loved the travel but I didn’t love the work,’ she confesses candidly, rolling her eyes.