Brooklyn Decker's model-to-actress challenge

Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:25pm EST
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By Jay A. Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Brooklyn Decker may be one of the more famous models in the world, but she makes a point of not acting like one.

She speaks quickly and straightforwardly in a voice filled with enthusiasm, and calls herself out when she says something cheesy or cliched (like how she's learning to "peel back the layers" of a character).

She dresses in a way that hides her figure -- today it's a draping flannel sweater over a plain white shirt and blue jeans -- and makes the jarring claim that she's "not a sexy person at all."

She doesn't hesitate to talk through a mouthful of food at a table in front of Charlie's at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles on a recent morning. Her self-deprecation has the whiff of the real.

After her late breakfast, Decker is heading to Warner Bros. for a general meeting, where she knows what she's up against. She did these studio rounds about 18 months ago, and they didn't amount to much, but now she's got two roles in the can and is slightly more hopeful. "I think people are like: 'OK, we saw her coming out of the water, now who is she? Can she carry on a conversation?'" she says and laughs. "You never know."

The 23-year-old model, most famous for baring almost everything on the cover of the 2010 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, is in the midst of is in the midst of an attempted leap that, for many before her, has launched a thousand punch lines: the model-to-actress career move.

She appears as Adam Sandler's lust object in new box office champ "Just Go With It," co-starring Jennifer Aniston, and she recently wrapped a role in the 2012 board-game adaptation "Battleship."

"I don't see myself doing catalog shoots in Madrid anymore like I was doing two years ago," she said. "I hope that the acting side of things grows."   Continued...

<p>Cast member Brooklyn Decker attends the premiere of 'Just Go With It' in New York February 8, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>