Fast & Furious's Jordana Brewster is all grown up

Apr 17, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. ET

The 32-year-old actress has been in the industry more than half her life, so what is she up to these days? And is she tired of all the Fast & Furious films?

Jordana Brewster

Many first remember seeing Jordana Brewster as the teenage actress in projects like The Faculty, and six years as Nikki Munson on As The World Turns. But the actress may have gotten her best part in 2001 with Fast & Furious. Brewster appears in the May issue of Marie Claire and talks about how the film franchise changed her life.

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“It’s hysterical that I’ve known Paul [Walker] and Vin [Diesel] for 14 years now,” she said. “There’s something comforting about watching the same characters grow.”

The unlikely success is now releasing their sixth movie, and the cast is likely to have a lifelong project on their hands.

“Everyone asks, ‘Are you going to be doing this with walkers?’ In a way, we should be so lucky,” Brewster added.

The 32-year-old also currently stars as Elena Ramos on TNT’s Dallas. Brewster has had quite the life. She lived in London until she was 5 years old, when her family moved to her mom’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When she was 10, the family picked up and moved again, this time to Manhattan.

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"Everything's much more accessible in New York,” she told Marie Claire. “I started taking classes to prove to myself that I could do it."

Her family was not thrilled with her choice profession though, so she said she had to work hard just to be able to audition.

“My family didn’t want me to sacrifice school for acting,” she said. “They said, ‘We’ll make a deal with you: If you get good grades, then you can work.’”

Brewster starred in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006, and met her producer husband on set. And now for the first time, she sounds like she agrees with her family, and is not so sure she would let her children follow in her footsteps.

“Whenever I have a kid, if he or she says, ‘I want to be an actor,’ I’ll say, ‘Please don’t do it!’ But no one in my family was in show business, so they didn’t know any better,” Brewster explained.

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The May issue of Marie Claire is on newsstands now. You can find more on the interview here. Fast & Furious 6 will be in theaters May 24.

Photo courtesy Marie Claire