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April 16, 2013

Jordana Brewster: The Natural


Photo Credit: Hilary Walsh

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Not only is she that girl — sexy, smart, successful — she also plays one on TV. As Elena Ramos, an energy resources expert on TNT's Dallas update, Brewster spouts engineer jargon so believably that her character's love triangle is almost sidelined. Ramos' subtle wardrobe—no shoulder pads or teased hair here — also allows Brewster to shine. "She's always on oil rigs in boots or flats and pants," Brewster notes on a rare weekend break from filming the drama's second season. "The challenge is to look contemporary but not like she's trying too hard. Looking good isn't her priority, but then, it is Dallas, so one must look good."

The same could be said about Hollywood, where Brewster's off-duty uniform consists of an easy sweater, AG jeans, and ballet flats. "I'm not rushing out to buy the latest trend," she says. "There's just no way to keep up!" Serving as a guest judge on Project Runway's 11th season was eye-opening. "Hearing Zac [Posen] talk about seams and cut—he has a whole language I was unaware of." The episode's challenge: Create a look for Brewster to wear in the pages of MC. Proving to be a thoughtful critic, she based her decision on what she would actually wear. As for the future of Fast, "Everyone asks, 'Are you going to be doing this with walkers?'" Brewster laughs. "In a way, we should be so lucky."

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