Brooklyn Decker Branches Out


Feb. 9 2009, Published 7:24 a.m. ET

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Tennis star Andy Roddick's smoking-hot fiancée, Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker, 21, is snagging some of her own time in the spotlight, but that's perfectly fine with Andy.

"I think in any relationship you have to be really supportive and we are so it's good," Brooklyn told OK! at the 15th Annual Madden Bowl on Xbox 360 party.

The blonde bombshell, who will appear for the fourth time in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue, which hits stands Feb. 10, has her first guest appearance on a primetime series on NBC's hit show Chuck, where she stars with fellow S.I. models Jarah Mariano and Jessica Gomes.

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"I took an acting class because I really didn't want to embarrass myself, which I probably still did," says Brooklyn, who gets to slap show star Zachary Levi in the episode set to air in late Feb. "The guys, the cast and the director made it really easy on us."

Don't count on Brooklyn leaving modeling anytime soon to pursue an acting career, however, like former S.I. beauties Molly Sims or Rebecca Romijn.

"If I don't get kicked out of Hollywood because of this episode we'll see," she says. "I think right now the modeling is going really well so we'll see where this takes me."

The Ohio native, who was discovered as a teen and booked to shoot Sports Illustrated just a month after graduating high school, says she owes her success to the magazine.

"It was an out-of-body experience," she says of getting the call. "I was eighteen out of high school believe it or not, and since then I established a career."

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She can also thank the magazine for introducing her to future fiancé Andy, 26, who was flipping through an issue when he spotted Brooklyn and had his agent track down her number back in 2007. On March 31, 2008, Andy announced on his website the two were engaged.

Since then, Brooklyn's been at Andy's side, cheering him on at tennis matches, including their most recent trip down under to the Australian Open, where Andy had a successful run until losing to Roger Federer in the semifinals on Jan. 29.

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Andy may have hundreds of teen girls cheering for him with "We Love Andy" signs and tee-shirts, but Brooklyn says she prefers to be a quite supporter.

"He would kill me if I did that!" Brooklyn says. "I go as myself when I'm there to support him and I have a huge liking of tennis so it's fun."

While having a gorgeous swimsuit model on the sideline might be distracting for some, for Andy, she only helps.

"I think he's relaxed," Brooklyn says of Andy seeing her at matches. "I think we make each other relaxed so it's good."

By Laura Lane


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