But, as every model turned actress will testify, it takes more than the perfect Cali-look and a famous husband to impress agents and casting directors, who have their pick of the world’s most beautiful women.‘I auditioned for two or three years and didn’t get anything.‘I have boobs and I talk too much and I smile too much. No one wanted to hire me.’Encouraged by her parents, she decided to stick it out and took up acting lessons to fill her spare time.‘My father advised me to make the most of my athletic physique, to nurture it and make it my thing.’ Was there ever any temptation to slim down to a typical model size zero?‘He made me laugh – he is hilarious and he is also chivalrous.’Of course, Andy did rather well too…the beautiful girl from the TV chat show looks set to become one of Hollywood’s leading ladies.In the forthcoming movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Brooklyn appears alongside Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Anna Kendrick as a cliché trophy wife (‘I hate my character, but she was so much fun to play’).
Not many people, Brooklyn points out, go from Matthews to the cover of Sports Illustrated – certainly, she had never considered it, and quite fancied becoming a vet.Her success, she says, comes down to a mixture of luck, hard graft and resilience in the face of repeated rejections.‘To start with people would dismiss me, simply because I was a model.So you have to work extra hard hoping that they’ll see something more in you than just the way you look. My hair was messed up and I had bruises on my legs and cuts on my arms.’Brooklyn describes Rihanna, who plays a naval officer, as ‘a sweetheart, a total team player.As soon as I got Just Go With It, I left the modelling world behind, which is a big thing to do when you’re at the top.’Brooklyn is opinionated and intelligent, nailing both the action (battling extraterrestrial beings, running from explosions) and the feistiness of her Battleship character. She is wildly successful in her world, yet she’s taking a chance to learn.In the world according to me, sitting in a suite of a beachside Santa Monica hotel opposite this 5ft 11in creature, all startling sky-blue eyes and Angelina pout, she is anything but ordinary.From the cute choppy hair and the bright white smile to the Valentino kitten heels, Brooklyn Decker, it has to be said, is also a whole lot more California than Carolina.Meeting tennis superstar Andy was an unexpected bonus to her international success.Andy – a former US Open champion and three times Wimbledon finalist – spotted his future wife on a TV talk show and was instantly smitten.‘I did the whole juice-fasting thing, I tried all that – it was stupid,’ she admits. I love sugar and coffee, but I try to balance healthy eating with the occasional indulgence.’With her newfound confidence and attitude, the work, she says, suddenly flooded in, and she shot for some big-name glossies such as Glamour and Cosmopolitan.‘I think once you start accepting who you are, you get successful,’ she says.