May 16, 2013 11:57am EST
"I don't think I have ADD (attention deficit disorder), but I definitely need to be stimulated on all fronts. When I run on the treadmill, I'll have a magazine, and I'll also be watching a morning show or listening to music. It's actually really sad. The other night I was watching House of Cards, eating dinner, and checking Twitter, and I thought, What am I doing? I should just be relaxing! I feel like it's rewiring our brains in a bad way. I find that then when I have to sit down and read a script or study lines, I want to be doing something else at the same time. It's really not healthy." Actress Jordana Brewster struggles to unplug herself from modern technology.
May 16, 2013 11:56am EST
"I started about three years ago because I was feeling stressed, but now it's more of a spiritual practice. I do Vedic for 20 minutes twice a day... When I'm shooting, I'll go on a different set and just sit. Sometimes it's embarrassing because they'll call me in and I'll be a little dreamy." Dallas star Jordana Brewster takes time out of her busy work schedule to meditate and free her mind.
May 16, 2013 11:42am EST
Actress Jordana Brewster stays in shape by taking her own packed lunches to work. The healthy Fast Five star, 33, steers clear of the fatty foods that caterers provide on film and TV sets and opts to bring her own snacks.
She tells Health magazine, "It's so nerdy, but I pack my own lunches of grilled salmon and brown rice, because it helps me stay on track. Craft services (onset catering) is hell. It's basically sugar and salt. Sometimes when I work long hours I have trouble with sugar."
And though she has always been naturally slim, the actress admits even she was prone to drastic diets and fads to keep off the extra pounds early on in her screen career.
She adds, "I did the cabbage soup diet, which is so unpleasant. I also went through a phase where I ate only protein shakes and protein bars, with real food for dinner, which, again, is not sustainable."
May 16, 2013 11:21am EST
"I'm not a germaphobe, but when I start thinking about all the people sweating at the gym and your towel hanging on the equipment, it's like, 'Gross!'" Actress Jordana Brewster always keeps hand sanitizer nearby at the gym.
April 26, 2013 2:04pm EST
Singers Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato have gone au natural for a new makeup-free photoshoot in People magazine. The former Destiny's Child star, Lovato and actresses Olivia Munn, Jordana Brewster, Famke Janssen and Morena Baccarin have all dared to be bare in the spread as part of the publication's efforts to show off natural beauty - and Rowland insists it was a nice to pose without make-up.
She says, "I started wearing makeup at 14 for Destiny's Child. I remember the first time I saw my lashes with mascara on them - it was my favourite thing. For me, make-up reminds me of work. Without it, I feel natural and untouched."
The X Factor judge Lovato enjoyed the experience too, adding, "Anytime I can get away with wearing no make-up, I do it. But when it's showtime, I rock it up."
And former Bond girl Janssen thinks she actually looks better without make-up, insisting, "I'll wear eyeliner or a little big of eye shadow, but less is definitely more for me, because I'm angular and my features are strong already."
However, 33-year-old Homeland star Baccarin confesses the idea was a little unnerving for a woman her age: "It's vulnerable and scary, but I love the challenge of being comfortable without make-up. I wash my face every morning and night. I put on a moisturiser, toner and eye-cream all-in-one, and I walk out, that's it."
April 05, 2013 9:55am EST
For a group that's been fast and/or furious for well over a decade now, the Fast & Furious crew look pretty still and calm in their new poster. Of course, all they're saving all the absurd action for the trailer (cars taking down an airplane — sure why not!) but the poster for Fast & Furious 6 still provides pretty much everything you need to know about the latest installment of the franchise: the original gang is back (welcome back, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez), as well as some newcomers (welcome aboard, Gina Carano!), it's in an enviable location (London, baby), and there's cars (vrooom!).
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Hell, even the tag line ("All roads lead to this") is more dramatic than anything that's happened in any of these movies. But, really, the poster is kind of a perfect fit for the film, which hits theaters on May 24, because what you see, is what you get and if the box office for the past five has been any indication, moviegoers sure do like it. Time and time again. Check out the poster, which also features — among others — Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris all looking fastly and furiously indifferent.
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January 30, 2013 6:15am EST
The Dallas star is a keen supporter of the Move With Me project, and she is backing teacher Leah Kalish's attempts to get children fit through a series of "video enrichment classes" with health experts.
Brewster has posted a link to Kalish's website on her Twitter.com page alongside the message, "Good morning! Please vote for MovewithMe and help End Childhood Obesity."
January 28, 2013 12:41pm EST
Producer Cynthia Cidre's reboot of Dallas didn't turn out to be one of the great guilty pleasures of 2012. It turned out to be one of the great pleasures, period, of 2012. Tonight it returns for Season 2, with a spectre of grief — and remembrance — hanging over it. That's because, following Larry Hagman's death on Nov. 23, after a long battle with cancer, it's obvious his iconic Dallas creation J.R. Ewing has only a limited number of episodes left to air. Seven episodes to be precise, with a funeral for J.R. set for March that may feature cameos from veterans of the original Dallas television series.
When we last saw the gang at the Southfork Ranch, we received a Texas-sized revelation. Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo), who we already knew had tricked Bobby's son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) into marrying her and having a baby, was far more treacherous than anyone had yet realized. She is, in fact, the secret daughter of Ewing family nemesis Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), and she's helping realize her father's ultimate endgame to destroy the Ewings and take Southfork for himself!
We also got what we had been waiting for during all 10 episodes of the rebooted Dallas' run: Christopher and Elena (Jordana Brewster) finally hooked up! They had previously been a hot-and-heavy couple, but that scheming Rebecca sent a cryptic email, posing as Christopher, to break off his relationship with Elena. Sort of a reverse Catfish scenario. Now Elena, Christopher, and Bobby were set to square off against J.R. and his son John Ross (Josh Henderson) for control of the ranch and the company that Christopher and John Ross had recently founded, Ewing Energies. All the while, Cliff Barnes waits in the wings.
In the summer of 2012, Dallas debuted to an audience ripe for new nighttime soaps and scored blockbuster ratings for TNT. The same people who flocked to Revenge and Scandal love Dallas. What's old is new again. The rebooted Dallas works so well, because it's actually not a reboot. The first 10 episodes basically played as Season 15 of the original Dallas, picking up 21 years later from where the show left off when it ended its original run on CBS in 1991. Cynthia Cidre's take on the show was not to make it Dallas: The Next Generation. Instead the addition of the young, hot actors playing the heirs to Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy were integrated into the original power dynamics of the old show. Rather than generational conflict fueling the drama, J.R. and his son John Ross face off against Bobby and adopted son Christopher, pretty much exactly like we could have imagined it in 1991. Its the exact same battle lines. Better still, the new characters actually aren't new. John Ross and Christopher were introduced as children during the show's CBS tenure.
Will you be watching when Season 2 premieres tonight? And, like me, are you hoping Dallas' success means a relaunch of spin-off Knots Landing is in the works?
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The Dallas star spends long periods of time away from movie producer Andrew Form, who she married in 2007, when filming the hit U.S. TV show, so they often resort to using Apple's visual calling service FaceTime.
Brewster tells People.com, "We FaceTime all of the time. We love that. There are times when I just say, 'I need to see you now.' And so we FaceTime a lot, or I surprise him and visit him or he does the same. It's super important.
"Couples shouldn't be apart for too long. We've been married for five years now and we know how important that is because otherwise you just lose touch with each other."
The actress also reveals the couple is considering children in the near future - and she is eyeing a multiple pregnancy.
Brewster adds, "My dad was a twin, so it runs in the family. Fingers crossed. We're thinking about having kids but I don't know when it'll happen. I feel very ready now."
November 25, 2012 4:30am EST
The veteran star, best known for his portrayal of scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing in the original version of the soap opera, which ran from 1978 to 1991, passed away at a hospital in Texas after suffering complications from his battle with cancer.
His long serving Dallas co-stars Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal and Ken Kercheval paid tribute to the actor after news of his death emerged - and now several of his co-stars on the revamped show have also spoken out about the tragedy.
Brenda Strong tells E! News, "Being able to work with one of my childhood idols was a dream come true. He was one of the most resilient and positive people I've ever known. Larry's tremendous talent and contribution as an artist is only surpassed by his gigantic heart and how beloved he was by his friends, especially Patrick and Linda.
"He is a one of a kind and will be deeply missed. My heart breaks for his family's loss. Quite honestly, I can't believe he is gone. He lived life to the fullest and was the embodiment of the term 'light hearted.' He was and will continue to be an icon in our hearts and minds."
In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, Jesse Metcalfe writes, "It was truly an honor to share the screen with Mr. Larry Hagman. With piercing wit and undeniable charm he brought to life one of the most legendary television characters of all time. But to know the man, however briefly, was to know a passion and dedication for life and acting that was profoundly inspirational. My deepest condolences go out to Larry's friends and family. He will most certainly be missed."
Leonor Varela added, "I am grateful to have shared a few moments in life and on screen with Larry Hagman, you inspire me to love life and appreciate every moment", while Jordana Brewster lamented, "I feel lucky and humbled to have worked with such a great man and actor. We will miss you, Larry."
Felicity Huffman, who shared the small screen with Hagman in a 2011 episode of Desperate Housewives, has also been stunned by the loss, writing on her Twitter page, "Just came down to civilization and heard about Larry Hagman, rest in peace. What a wonderful actor, honored to have worked with him", while John Cusack adds, "RIP Larry Hagman. Great actor and a really good man - had the pleasure (of) knowing him just a bit - always left smiling."
Joan Collins reminisced about working with Hagman on 1970 movie Up in the Cellar and admits he inspired her iconic Dynasty character Alexis Colby. She states, "Oh no just heard about Larry, he was magnificent as JR & inspired me to play Alexis. RIP. Yes I played Larry's wife in 'Up in the cellar'. He was a lot of fun..."
Meanwhile, Hagman's daughter Heidi Kristina took to her Facebook.com page to detail her father's last moments: "Our whole family was with him. It was a loving and beautiful way to leave us."