With the revival of Dallas, which just wrapped up its second TNT season, actor Jordana Brewster stirs things up on the legendary Southfork Ranch as the cook's daughter, Elena Ramos. And in the film Fast & Furious 6 (which premiered last month), she takes her fourth turn as Mia Toretto -- the hard-action series began in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious. In her teens, she had a recurring role on As the World Turns and later appeared in TNT's Dark Blue, NBC's Chuck, the films The Invisible Circus, Annapolis for Disney, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel. A graduate of Yale University, Brewster was born in Panama City and has lived in London, Rio de Janeiro, and Manhattan. She now calls Los Angeles home.
By Meryl Davids Landau
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"I was just at the mall looking for tinted moisturizer! I drink a ton of water, 16 glasses a day. Also, be careful what you put on your face, and then remove it. With all the makeup I wear on set, some days I like to have nothing on my face."
When you're overworked and stressed out, how do you reset and unwind?
"Sometimes I'm in Dallas or Los Angeles or on a plane to London, so regardless of where I am, it's really important to ground myself. I do Vedic meditation 20 minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon. It's really easy -- I started with 5-minute tapes I bought online. It helps me be mindful and present for the challenges we all face with stimulation and technology coming at us all the time.
"I love my two Labradors."
What's your go-to healthy snack and why?
"Chickpea snack bars from The Good Bean for protein are a go-to. I also mix almond butter in Greek yogurt with Stevia -- sweet and savory at the same time."
"When I go out, I like grilled fish -- I don't like to make it myself because I really don't know how. For a really healthy Mexican dinner, I whip up an egg frittata in a whole wheat tortilla and dip it in Trader Joe's guacamole mixed with Greek yogurt. I also make healthy pizzas with whole wheat pita bread, low-fat cheese like mozzarella, Yves meatless pepperoni, and tomato sauce."
What three ingredients are always in your refrigerator and/or pantry?
"That would be egg whites and Greek yogurt -- I try to eat organic as much as I can -- usually Stonyfield. I keep some kind of high-fiber bread -- Rudi's or Ezekiel. I always have kale and arugula. When my husband makes a smoothie with Greek yogurt and a banana, I try to put a handful of kale or spinach in there! I like a MorningStar veggie burger on a whole wheat bun."