Brooklyn Decker joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting' cast: Could she be the first true supermodel-turned-movie star?


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The model-turned-actress — like the singer-turned-actor or singer-turned-actor-turned-back-to-singer-cause-the-acting-didn’t-work-out — is nothing new in Hollywood. In fact, it’s given the industry the likes of Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry and Charlize Theron.

While Brooke Shields certainly made a splash in 1980 with The Blue Lagoon, it would be hard to argue she became a full-fledged movie star (on television, however, most certainly). Because, as far as supermodels go, none have really been able to make that transition. Just watch Cindy Crawford in Fair Game. Better yet, don’t. That’s not to say, some models haven’t become successful actresses, because there are scads of those (Rebecca Romijn, Portia de Rossi, Milla Jovovich, for example), but when it comes to supermodels as full-fledged movie stars, well, their best work has remained on the runway. (Reviews of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s performance in this weekend’s already massively successful Transformers: Dark of the Moon would suggest her skill set begins and ends at being really, really good looking.)

But, don’t lose hope yet, PopWatchers, because there’s still Brooklyn Decker! The 24-year-old Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl, who broke into film earlier this year when she appeared in the Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go With It, will star in their upcoming adaptation of What To Expect When You’re Expecting.

In the flick, which also stars the aforementioned Diaz, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Isla Fisher and Ed Helms, Decker will play a trophy wife named Skyler, who gets pregnant with twins by her much older husband remarkably easy, making the other moms-to-be in her social circle hate her even more.

Okay, so being an enviable woman isn’t much of a stretch for Decker. Still, while Just Go With It seemed fixated on some of her other, er, assets, Decker wasn’t by any means awful in the flick (the movie itself, however, was) and with WTEWYE, due in theaters May 11, 2012, she could easily carve a nice niche for herself in the comedy world.

But is that as far as she’ll be able to go? There’s no doubt Decker would be able to stack up parts in summer action movies and romcoms to boot, but could she ever be an all-around bankable movie star that could also appear in all genres? Would she be willing to go “ugly” to gain serious cred? To borrow some classic advice, Brooklyn, you’d better work it.

Do you think Brooklyn Decker getting cast in What To Expect When You’re Expecting means she’s on her way to being a movie star? Or do you think she’ll just be another super model with a so-so movie career?

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  • who cares

    limp bizkit gold cobra hellyea

    • Tommy

      EW, please, proofread!!!

      This doesn’t make any grammatical sense:

      “In fact, it’s given the industry the likes of Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry and Charlize Theron.”

      • @Tommy

        It would if you realized that “it’s given” is a contraction of “it has given”. Bam!

  • Meg

    Is she the one married to the tennis player?

    • A. Rod

      She’s the one with the bouncing over-inflated tennis balls up top. Glorious!

  • DDB

    She was very natural and charming in Just Go With It. With more experience, I could see her becoming a more successful actress.

  • 1humbleopinion

    Ummmm…Wouldn’t Andie MacDowell be the first major Model turned bona fide Movie Star? St. Elmo’s Fire. Sex, Lies & Video Tape. Short Cuts. Object of Beauty. Four Weddings And A Funeral. Green Card. Groundhog Day. Nuff said.

    • maggie

      You are correct!

    • A. Rod

      Yes, but Andie MacDowell never has a pair of bazongas gloriously bouncing all over the beaches of Hawaii. THAT is what truly defines a model-turned-actress

  • Ashley

    Not sure why Cameron Diaz and Charlize Theron didn’t fit the movie star mold.

    • Kay

      I think Aly is saying that while many models–like Cameron and Charlize–have had successful acting careers, very few supermodels–with the exposure of Cindy Crawford and Brooklyn Decker with her SI cover–have had great acting careers. I like Brooklyn. She was charming in Just Go With It and didn’t seem to be pouty and phoning it in a la Rosie Huntington-Whatever.

      • maggie

        Brooklyn Decker is only known for SI. She hasn’t had the varied career that it takes to be a supermodel. Cindy Crawford did all sorts of modeling and commercials. She was everywhere and a household name. That’s what made her a Supermodel. Brooklyn Decker has a long way to go before moving from model to supermodel.

  • g

    How is Milla Jovovich not a movie star? This article is crap.

    • Tom

      She is not. The hook and draw of the “Resident Evil” films is the Resident Evil brand, not Milla.

      • Roger Federer

        So the “hook and draw” of ‘Just Go With It’ had nothing to do with Adam Sandler or Jennifer Aniston? I love Brooke’s kawabos on the beach too, but get real. Watch ‘Dazed & Confused’ and ‘The Fifth Element’

  • Mavis

    Couldn’t Rene Russo also fit. . .

  • sam

    How about NO!

  • deedeedragons

    Hey EW ever heard of Famke Janssen?

  • katy

    Is this movie based on the how-to book. **FAIL**

  • Lola

    This article makes absolutely no sense.

  • vin

    I liked her in “Just Go With It” but i just don’t see her as the first full fledged model tuurned movie star. I think the closest we have to that is the girl from resident evil.

  • Liz

    She was absolutely TERRIBLE in Just Go With It. She ruined the movie. Let’s hope this article is wrong and she does not become a movie star….or at least hope she takes acting lessons.

  • Mari

    Tyra Banks in Life-Size, enough said.

  • Naomi

    Milla Jovovich has cred!

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