Sophisticated and statuesque Brooklyn Decker proved she was a force to be reckoned with as a supermodel, but it was her deft and hilarious acting skills in various film and television projects that wo...
Katy Perry entertained guests at a dinner at The White House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (31Jul14) to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The Dark Horse hitmaker performed several of her songs in front of members of the sports organisation, which trains children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Ahead of her set, U.S. President Barack Obama said, "I love Katy Perry. She is just a wonderful person... I've just met her mom and now I know why she is such a wonderful person, but I just want everybody to know she is on tour right now and so, for her to take time out to do this, is really special and we really want to say thank you to her for doing this."
Perry shared her excitement on Instagram.com, writing, "What an incredibly beautiful evening being invited to sing at the White House... tonight to celebrate these incredibly inspiring men & women. I see them beyond their obstacles. I hope you can join me."
Stevie Wonder and tennis ace Andy Roddick and his actress wife Brooklyn Decker also attended the gala.
Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson and David and Victoria Beckham were among the celebrities who witnessed tennis champ Novak Djokovic defeat Roger Federer to win Britain's Wimbledon Men's title on Sunday (06Jul14). Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale and director Guy Ritchie were also in the stands at Centre Court as the Serbian sportsman emerged victorious after an epic five-set match, narrowly beating Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to claim his second Wimbledon trophy.
Jackman shared a Twitter.com photo of himself and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the London venue and later congratulated Djokovic on his seventh Grand Slam title, writing, "One of the greatest matches of all time @Wimbledon. Well done @rogerfederer. Superb win and huge congratulations @DjokerNole."
He also uploaded a photo of Djokovic hugging his mentor, former tennis icon Boris Becker, after the match and added, "Epic moment for djokernole, Becker and their entire team. What a day @Wimbledon. One I will never forget."
Other stars watching the game on TV also shared their thoughts online, with British comedian Stephen Fry writing, "How magnificently graceful both players were in defeat and victory. Hurrah for that", and actor John Leguizamo tweeting, "Sorry #federer u (sic) gave it your all my friend! Great game!"
Meanwhile, One Direction singer Liam Payne added, "Congratulations @DjokerNole heard it was a great game can't wait to watch it back have a drunk (drink) on me".
Actresses Kate Walsh and Brooklyn Decker, singer Eliza Doolittle and Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd were also among the celebrities tweeting about the championship finals on Sunday.
John Legend and tennis ace Andy Roddick will take on their celebrity wives, Chrissy Teigen and Brooklyn Decker, on an upcoming episode of U.S. TV show Hollywood Game Night. Actor Donald Faison and his wife CaCee Cobb will also take part in the couple's night battle of the sexes, which will air later this month (May14).
"I hated modelling... I got fired all the time because my boobs were too big or I wasn't thin enough. It was not fulfilling." Actress Brooklyn Decker didn't enjoy her career as a Sports Illustrated pin-up.
"I'm the worst tennis player... Why would I start something that I will always be terrible at; I'm always gonna be the worst player in the house!" Model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker on the downside of being married to tennis ace Andy Roddick.
"I am engaged in the show and in the pilot episode I'm in my underwear having this full-on make-out session... It's very awkward to have your significant other or family members in the audience watching you have this intimate thing... Watching your make-out face is the weirdest thing ever... I've seen myself and it is disgusting." Former model Brooklyn Decker felt uncomfortable filming love scenes in new TV comedy Friends With Better Lives as husband Andy Roddick watched.
Actress Brooklyn Decker turned her back on modelling as soon as she landed her first major role - because she didn't feel like an elegant beauty. The sexy star, who is married to tennis ace Andy Roddick, admits she was too clumsy to make it on the world's catwalks and, despite finding fame as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue regular, she didn't feel like her peers.
She says, "I wasn't great when I was modelling so I kind of left the second I could...
"This one simple task of, like, being elegant and elongated, I could not do for the life of me. Truly. I never walked a runway because I was too klutzy. I could never get through the runway casting. I mean, I couldn't walk...! I never got hired in my life."
Model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker is hoping the birth of her first child will put her family in the record books. The 27 year old, who is married to U.S. tennis hero Andy Roddick, shares the same birthday as her mother and grandmother - and she's secretly hoping her firstborn continues the family birth date tradition.
Decker explains, "(My birthday is) April 12th and my mom has told me the exact date of penetration - it's July 28th... I have not asked (my grandmother).
"Apparently we'll be tied, I think, for the Guinness World Record if I have a child on my birthday."
And what makes the current family birthday triple so amazing is her mum and dad weren't even trying to have a baby when Decker was conceived.
She tells U.S. chat show host Chelsea Handler, "I was a complete accident!"
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Friends With Better Lives, former Friends producer Dana Klein's show about people who think their pals have it better than they do, took a circuitous path into CBS' schedule. The show was originally ordered last pilot season but never showed up on the schedule. Now, the sitcom will get its premiere after the How I Met Your Mother finale on March 31.
Spring is not traditionally when successful network shows are launched, but FWBL does have a few things going for it. First off, Klein's experience with juggling multiple characters. Another is the built in audience that series star James Van Der Beek brings with him. Plus, there's a swimsuit model in the cast, which probably doesn't hurt anything. Still, for the show to succeed, there are some questions that it will have to answer.
What did Van Der Beek learn from Don't Trust the B—?
Van Der Beek finally broke free from his teen idol image by playing a version of himself on the now canceled ABC comedy Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23. With Friends with Better Lives, Van Der Beek gets another chance at sitcom success. The former Dawson's Creek star hopefully remembers that audiences enjoyed seeing him play against type as a self-involved dim bulb and maintains the same level of fun now that he had on Don’t Trust the B— and during his HIMYM appearances (as Robin's ex-boyfriend). On FWBL, he plays the divorced group member still in love with his ex-wife. Hopefully, Van Der Beek won't just be a better looking version of Friends' Ross, or worse, stare off longingly across the water and call his ex "Joey."
Do they have a plan for Brooklyn Decker?
Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker has experience with comedy after starring with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Just Go With It, but chances are FWBL won't be able to keep finding excuses for her to be in a bikini or in the shower the way that Sandler did. She's going to need to be funny on her own. Decker is playing the friend that just got engaged, so expect to see her playing off of the bubbly bride-to-be stereotypes… and if ratings sag, to see her trying on low-cut wedding gowns.
What's with the single?
Zoe Lister-Jones plays the single woman in the group, and that's tricky. She's supposed to be a successful business executive who isn't good at dating and is jealous of her newly engaged friend. Play that one wrong and she risks becoming a dangerously regressive character. Lister-Jones has to be funny, confident, and insecure all at once, and convincingly. Good luck with that.
Can you ignore the baby?
Friends was deft at having the characters experience parenthood without having that become the sole focus of their lives. In FWBL, Kevin Connolly and Majandra Delfino are the married couple that has kids and are envious of their childless friends more freewheeling lifestyle. Keeping the focus on the couple's relationship with their friends and not on their relationship with their kids is a must if the show is to keep from sliding into According to Jim territory.
Up until now, model Kate Upton's acting career has largely consisted of making cameos in films like Tower Heist and The Three Stooges(where the Farrelly Brothers managed to have her in a nun's habit and a skimpy swimsuit at the same time). That will change this spring with the release of The Other Woman, where Upton has an above-the-credits role alongside Cameron Diaz.
Upton is the latest in a long line of supermodels that has made the transition to acting… or as Zoolander once labeled it, becoming a "slashie" (model-slash-actor). We know from her photo shoots that she can make a bikini look good even in zero-G, but can she convincingly deliver a line? Those who have preceded her show just how hard it is to get an audience to accept a supermodel as more than just a looker. Who's done it well and who's fallen on her heavily insured face? These five models-slash-actresses all have had their chances at thespian stardom.
Decker was the swimsuit model du jour just before Upton, and showed some skill as Adam Sandler's object of distraction in Just Go With It, as a pregnant trophy wife in What To Expect When You're Expecting, and on board the laughably bad Battleship. Now she's trying her hand as a series regular on the CBS sitcom Friends with Better Lives. Not a bad start to a career for any actress, supermodel or not.
MacPherson's most memorable acting gig might have been her story arc as Joey's temporary roommate on Friends. But the Australian cover girl has had her share of big screen roles, including playing Anthony Hopkins' wife (a woman worth killing Alec Baldwin for) in The Edge and as one of Sirens' temptresses. Her acting style mostly consists of employing her Down Under accent to enhance her natural beauty.
Banks is best known for her hosting duties on America's Next Top Model and her own talk show, but she started acting early in her modeling career, including playing a love interest to Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She's had high-profile big screen roles in films like John Singleton's Higher Learning and Coyote Ugly and pops up regularly in guest spots on TV shows. She's kind of funny and a little bit scary, whether she's doing a character or just playing herself.
Crawford might be the most financially successful model ever, but she always appeared more comfortable hawking products in infomercials than trying to act. That said, her spectacularly bad performance opposite Billy Baldwin in Fair Game has now reached the status of camp classic. Any time they want to make a sequel, we're on board.
Brinkley recently celebrated her 60th birthday by donning a swimsuit for the cover of People, proving that she's still got it. The former Mrs. Billy Joel doesn't act very often, most recently popping up on Parks and Recreation for a couple of episodes, but she only needed one role to cement her cinematic legacy: her turn as the flirtatious driver to Chevy Chase's stammering Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation has set her up as a timeless embodiment of the male fantasy. The teenagers that lusted after her initially are now middle aged men… who still lust after her, much more creepily. Brinkley mostly just smiles as opposed to attempting to act, but there's something to be said for playing to your strengths.
Co-starred in Peter Berg's action romp "Battleship"
Breakthrough film role, "Just Go with It" opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston
Made debut appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
Discovered in a Charlotte, NC shopping mall when she was a teenager
Landed the coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
Made onscreen acting debut in TV movie "Lipshitz Saves the World" (NBC), starring Leslie Nielsen and Ty Burrell
Guest starred on "Chuck" (NBC), "Ugly Betty" (ABC), and "Royal Pains" (USA Network)
Cast as one of the leads in ensemble romantic comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
Sophisticated and statuesque Brooklyn Decker proved she was a force to be reckoned with as a supermodel, but it was her deft and hilarious acting skills in various film and television projects that won over audiences. Born on April 12, 1987 in Kettering, OH, Decker was reportedly named by her parents - both of whom worked in the medical field - after a horse called "Brook." Her family lived in Middletown, OH for a short time before moving to Charlotte, NC, where Decker was discovered in a shopping mall. She began her career modeling for various magazines, including <i>Teen Vogue</i>, <i>FHM</i>, and <i>Cosmopolitan</i>, as well as appearing in advertising campaigns for the Gap, J.C. Penney, and Victoria's Secret. She made her <i>Sports Illustrated</i> debut in 2006, appearing in the annual Swimsuit Issue. Decker finally graced the coveted cover of the 2010 swimsuit issue, which placed her amongst an elite group of models who had previously done so, including Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Elle Macpherson.