- By Kristin Finan American-Statesman Staff
When she’s not busy with her position as chief design officer at Finery, a new free service that helps you organize and manage your closet, Brooklyn Decker has plenty else going on. She’s a wife (to husband Andy Roddick) and mom and is currently shooting the fourth season of “Grace and Frankie,” a Netflix series that has received rave reviews. The Statesman recently chatted with the Austin-based star, who just celebrated her 30th birthday, by phone about family, friends, fashion and “Frankie.”
American-Statesman: How has becoming a mom changed your sense of style?
Brooklyn Decker: It’s completely changed the way that I dress. I find that my every day is definitely more functional — you’re thinking about layers because there’s a good chance that something’s going to spill on you during the day or someone’s going to poop on you during the the day. That’s a very real possibility. That said, there’s something about becoming a mom that made me want to branch out, so when I go out with my girlfriends or when I go on a date I really go full-blown fun, quirky, weird style, which I never would have done before.
What do you love about Austin?
Andy says you can make the city whatever you want it to be — it can be a big city full of events and concerts and festivals and things to go do, or it can be really mellow. You can live in the woods like we do, you can be super active and outdoorsy as much as you want to. I love that Austin can really be molded to your specific needs. For us, it has the perks of a big city, but it feels like a small town socially. Also it’s really convenient. My family’s on the East Coast and I work on the West Coast, so for us Austin’s that kind of perfect Goldilocks city.
How has Austin influenced the way you dress?
I grew up in the South, but I grew up in a casual, Bohemian family, so moving to Austin was pretty seamless. What I love is it’s a complete judgment-free zone. I feel like there’s not really a defined aesthetic; it’s kind of anything goes. You can really experiment and be yourself. You can wear jeans and a T-shirt to a really nice restaurant and it doesn’t matter at all.
Where do you like to shop in Austin?
I love Wildflower Organics for baby stuff, it’s very cool. (For me), ByGeorge, and I shop at Stag — it’s all men’s clothes, but I love wearing men’s clothing and it’s made for hipsters, so it can fit a woman really well. Sunroom is doing a very cool job and has a really cool inventory. I love Charm School Vintage. Moss, on Lamar, and Garment next door. I moved to Austin from New York, so I was used to vintage shopping there, and it’s an absolute fortune. When you come from New York prices to Austin, while it’s not cheap, you don’t have the same sticker shock you have in New York. It feels like you’re getting steals when you shop in Austin.
You travel a lot. What are your favorite travel tips?
I am a very, very light master packer. My granny taught me to roll my clothes — you can fit so much more in your suitcase, which is excellent. I’m a great packer now, but it’s because I’ve been doing it for so long.
You just started shooting the fourth season of ‘Grace and Frankie.’ How’s it going?
It’s going so well. It feels really good. I’ve never been this deep into a show. My first television show was canceled after a season, and I’ve had plenty of pilots not go, so to be on a show that’s now shooting its fourth season feels really special, it just does. It feels like a big accomplishment. Everyone’s comfortable. You’re not trying to figure out the lay of the land anymore. You can step into the characters and just have fun together. When you spend three-and-a-half years with a cast, you really get to know each other and you have fun on set together because you know each other’s family and quirks. … At the beginning obviously it was an incredibly intimidating experience with that cast. Now we’ve all found our groove and have relationships beyond the show.