Jordana Brewster was born in Panama City, Panama on April 26, 1980. She was raised in London, England up until the age of six. At this time, her family decided to move back to their native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jordana learned to speak fluent Portuguese during her 4 year stay in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of ten, Jordana's family decided to move again, only this time they would relocate to Manhattan. It was here where Jordana studied at Sacred Heart, an all-girl Catholic school before moving on to the New York Professional Children's School. She began her acting career in her late teens, with a 1995 one-episode role in the soap opera All My Children. She followed that appearance with the recurring role as Nikki Munson in As the World Turns, for which Brewster was nominated for Outstanding Teen Performer at the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Award. She was later cast as Delilah Profitt, one of the main characters in her first feature film, Robert Rodriguez's 1998 horror science fiction The Faculty. Her role brought her to the attention of a much wider audience, gained critical acclaim and achieved financial success. She also landed a starring role in a 1999 NBC television miniseries entitled The 60s.
Her breakthrough role came in the 2001 high budget car-themed action film The Fast and the Furious, which was a worldwide success. Brewster began being widely recognized. Other film credites include the 2004 action comedy film D.E.B.S., the 2005 independent drama Nearing Grace and the 2006 horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, for which she received two Teen Choice Award nominations.
She had a recurring role in the NBC television series Chuck and starred in the 2009 film Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of the The Fast and the Furious film series. After guest roles in several television shows such as Dark Blue and Gigantic, she appeared in the fifth film in the franchise, 2011's Fast Five, which gained critical praise, becoming the highest rated entry for Brewster. She will star in the television series Dallas.
Despite her success, Brewster studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York and graduated from the Professional Children's School in New York. She then attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, graduating in 2003 with a B.A. in English.
Her paternal grandfather, Kingman Brewster Jr., was an educator, diplomat, and president of Yale University.
2013 Dallas (TV movie) (post-production): Elena Ramos
2011 Hot Dog Water (short)
2011 Fast and Furious 5: Mia Toretto
2010 Gigantic (TV series): Celebrity
– Pilot: Part 1 (2010)
– Pilot: Part 2 (2010)
2010 Dark Blue (TV series): Maria
– Shelter of the Beast (2010)
– Liar's Poker (2010)
– Urban Garden (2010)
2008-2009 Chuck (TV series): Dr. Jill Roberts
2009 Fast & Furious - Solo parti originali: Mia Toretto
2007 Mr. and Mrs. Smith (TV series): Jane Smith
– Pilot (2007)
2006 Non aprite quella porta - L'inizio: Chrissie
2006 Annapolis: Ali
2005 Nearing Grace: Grace Chance
2004 Appuntamento da sogno!: Actress (uncredited)
2004 D.E.B.S.: Lucy
2001 The Fast and the Furious: Mia Toretto
1995-2001 As the World Turns (TV series): Nikki Munson
– Episode #1.11452 (2001)
– Episode #1.11422 (2001)
– Episode #1.11414 (2000)
– Episode #1.11350 (2000)
– Episode dated 1 September 2000 (2000)
1999 The '60s (TV movie): Sarah Weinstock
1999 Verità apparente: Phoebe
1998 The Faculty: Delilah Profitt
1995 La valle dei pini (TV series): Anita Santos
– Episode dated 16 May 1995 (1995)