It only takes a few minutes talking with Jordana Brewster to get a sense why she’s such a vital part of the success of the Fast and Furious franchise, playing Dominic Toretto’s sister—and Brian O’Conner’s love interest—Mia in seven of the eight films.
Brewster, who currently stars in the FOX Lethal Weapon TV series, truly connects with the films’ core theme of family. Even though her role was discontinued after the untimely death of actor Paul Walker, she’s still close with the cast.
“There’s no way not to be,” she says during a recent movie car showcase in Hollywood, sponsored by Autotrader. “We’ve gone through so much together. We’ve grown up, like we’ve all had kids, so it’s beautiful to be able to love the people that you work with.”
That said, even she’s taken aback by the continued popularity of the franchise.
“It’s amazing, because the fans are so loyal,” says Brewster, who wants to leverage her role with Autotrader to help empower women in the car-buying experience. “What was beautiful about the franchise [is] the success it hit after the fourth one, when Justin Lin brought us all back. I thought it was over, but then when it came back, it was just the best.”
Coincidentally enough, Brewster’s now repping Autotrader’s famed 1970 Dodge Charger that Dom drives in the films, along with replicas of some other eye-popping movie rides, including a the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Jeep Wrangler from Jurassic Park and the Batmobile.
But Brewster says it’s the ’59 Cadillac ECT0-1 wagon from Ghostbusters that would likely be the biggest hit at her house.
“I have a four-year-old son and he’s obsessed with Ghostbusters,” she says. “If I could bring that guy home and park it in my yard for a week, I’d be so happy.”
Brewster adds that she’s a huge fan of the DeLorean but cites the scene when Marty McFly breaks out a hoverboard as one of her most memorable from that franchise.
As for her personal ride? A Volvo XC90. “That’s such a mom car, so a lot of people are disappointed,” jokes the actress. “But it’s a hybrid, it’s super comfortable. For me, as a New Yorker, it’s all about height, visibility, how much I can see and all the extra features, like it can park itself, all that cool stuff.”
When asked about one of her most exciting car experiences, Brewster says it was learning to drive in LA. “Getting used to the freeways in L.A. was most exciting for me,” she says. “Those were really daunting.”
Maybe next time she can take the Batmobile.