Married or single, we're all sometimes envious of people living the opposite life. Grass is greener, right? That's the premise of the new CBS sitcom Friends With Better Lives, which premieres tonight and follows six besties including James Van Der Beek, Kevin Connolly, and Brooklyn Decker.
These days, Decker's life couldn't be much better, on or off screen: FWBL casts the gorgeous supermodel-turned-actress in her first series regular role, playing Jules, a woman newly engaged to a gorgeous Australian (Rick Donald). In real life, she's married to tennis superstar Andy Roddick and the genetically blessed couple celebrates their fifth anniversary next month.
YourTango: Your character Jules just got engaged. Did it remind you of your own engagement?
Brooklyn Decker: Not really. It was very unglamorous. It was an unplanned, hasty proposal but it worked! Jules and I have a lot of similarities, though. I feel like we're both optimists, quite energetic, friendly people in our groups of friends but at the same time we're quite different. I would like to think I'm more grounded, however I'm not sure that's necessarily always true. I can relate to what she's going through, but to be honest, Andi (Majandra Delfino) is the most similar to me. She's the core of the group; she's a family person. There's something really relatable about her. Her priorities are similar to mine.
YourTango: Do you have a close group of friends like on the show?
Brooklyn Decker: I do. I have a lot of friends like Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones). We live in L.A. so of course there's some snark involved.
YourTango: What's the key to making your relationship work?
Brooklyn Decker: Laughter. It's pretty easy — it's as simple as laughing.
Your Tango: Do you ever argue?
Brooklyn Decker: Absolutely. I'm human! I was on the debate team so I love it. And I'm also an asshole. I am very bullheaded and stubborn and I like to be right all the time. So I'm not the easiest person.
YourTango: Any plans to have kids?
Brooklyn Decker: I want a lot of babies. I have no idea when but hopefully I'll have a lot. But until then I have Majandra's baby Louie to keep me occupied. We visited Majandra in the hospital when she had him. We were with her from the time she found out she was pregnant.
YourTango: You stopped modeling a couple of years ago. Why? And do you miss it?
Brooklyn Decker: No. It wasn't the business for me. It didn't fulfill me in any way, but I think models don't get enough credit for the business minds that they have. I made the decision to commit to acting, so I stepped away from it.
YourTango: You have a couple of movies due out this year.
Brooklyn Decker: Yes, one is called Stretch. It's an action dramedy. The other one is called Casual Encounters. It's a little romantic comedy. I'm involved with Taran Killam in that.