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The granddaughter of former Yale president Kingman Brewster, and the daughter of an investment banker and a swimsuit model, Brewster was born in Panama City, Panama on April 26, 1980. She was raised in London, Rio de Janeiro, and New York, earning her first screen credit in the 1988 Brazilian children's film "Super Xuxa." After settling in Manhattan a few years later, she ventured into the world of daytime serials by appearing as the youngest member of a Hispanic family on "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011). Later that year, she was cast as teen heroine Nikki Munson on "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956-2010), and spent three years (1995-98) on the soap while attending the Professional Children's School. Brewster left the soap with the intention of attending Yale, but deferred her enrollment when her acting career took off; first with her casting as bitchy cheerleader Delilah in Robert Rodriguez' teen horror flick, "The Faculty" (1998). She followed with a strong turn as a teenager who becomes involved in the antiwar movement in the NBC miniseries "The 60s" (1999) before undertaking another feature, "The Invisible Circus" (2000), in which she played Cameron Diaz's sister.
Brewster really hit the big time in the surprise summer blockbuster "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), set in the high-octane world of illegal street racing. With her sexy and powerful performance, Brewster earned legions of male fans, as evidenced by her string of off-screen relationships with the likes of actor Mark Wahlberg and New York Yankee, Derek Jeter. Though the acting offers came pouring in after "Furious," Brewster elected to return to her interrupted studies at Yale; sticking with schooling until she earned her undergraduate degree in 2003. Brewster returned to theaters in "D.E.B.S." (2004), a silly spy comedy about four high school girls who work as top secret agents for the U.S. government, with Brewster playing the sultry villain, Lucy Diamond. She went on to play the title role in "Nearing Grace" (2005), an indie coming-of-age story set in the 1970s that found the actress again cast as a distracting temptress. Donning a uniform and adopting a more serious persona, Brewster appeared with James Franco in the derivative military drama "Annapolis" (2006), however she drew in more audiences with her starring role in the gory prequel, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" (2006), though the film was similarly dismissed by film critics.
After meeting on the set of "Texas Chainsaw," Brewster wed producer Andrew Form in 2007 before returning to series television the following year with a recurring role on "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-2012), where the show's combination of action and offbeat humor proved a fine outlet for her appeal in as the ex-girlfriend of the electronics store employee-turned-CIA agent Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi). After not being included in the two sequels to "The Fast and the Furious," Brewster reprised Mia Toretto for part four, "Fast & Furious" (2009), a massive box office hit that chronologically connected to the original film without reference to the other two films. Naturally, the success led to another film, "Fast Five" (2011), a more heist-oriented thriller that again proved to be a giant financial success that resulted in a sixth installment, "Fast and Furious 6" (2013). In between those films, Brewster landed one of the lead roles on the newly revamped "Dallas" (TNT, 2012- ), playing the educated daughter of the cook to the infamous Ewing family who attracts the amorous attention of cousins Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) and John Ross Ewing III (Josh Henderson).