Jordana Brewster

by ethnic on May 14, 2009

Place of Birth: Panama City, Panama

Date of Birth: April 26, 1980

*English, Scottish, Irish (father)
*Brazilian (mother)

Jordana Brewster is an American actress and model. She is known for starring in the The Fast and the Furious series.

Jordana was born in Panama, grew up in England and Brazil until the age of ten, and then moved to New York City. Her father, Alden Brewster, is American-born, and has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Her mother, Maria João (de Sousa), is Brazilian, and of at least part Portuguese ancestry. Jordana talked about her Brazilian heritage in an interview with Craig Ferguson. Jordana is married to producer Andrew Form, with whom she has two children.

Jordana’s patrilineal line traces back to William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller. Jordana’s father’s ancestry is heavily English. Branches of his family have been in the United States, and, specifically, in New England, since the 1600s.

Jordana’s paternal grandfather was Kingman Brewster, Jr. (the son of Kingman Brewster and Florence Foster Besse). Jordana’s grandfather Kingman was born in Massachusetts, U.S., and served as the 55th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and as President of Yale University. Jordana’s great-grandfather Kingman was the son of Charles Kingman Brewster and Celina Sophia Baldwin. Florence was the daughter of Lyman Waterman Besse and Henrietta Louisa Segee.

Jordana’s paternal grandmother was Mary Louise Phillips (the daughter of Eugene James Phillips and Mary Louise Griffin). Jordana’s grandmother Mary Louise was born in Rhode Island. Eugene was the son of Riley E. Phillips, who was born in Connecticut, and of Frances L., who was Scottish. Mary Louise was the daughter of John H. Griffin, who was of Irish descent, and of Kate.

Jordana’s maternal grandfather was named Fernando de Sousa. “de Sousa” is a Portuguese surname. Jordana’s mother also has the surname “Leal” in her family tree, which is often Portuguese (on rarer occasions, it is Spanish).

Sources: Genealogies of Jordana Brewster (focusing on her father’s side) –

Jordana’s paternal grandmother, Mary Louise Phillips, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

photo by Helga Esteb /

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Connerfromvine May 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Her eyebrows basically touch her eyes. Theres like no space between.

me March 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

I’m brazilian,and I think she has some african and indigenous ancestry, but she looks mostly white,she looks portuguese.

Ardor February 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Yes. She’s mostly European (say 80%), but she does have indigenous ancestry (20%). Which makes her really beautiful.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

She looks 100% European to me, southern that is.

Just because you’re a bit dark doesn’t mean that you’re “mixed”…yikes

Btw, she tans herself. This is probably her real complexion:

Connerfromvine August 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

Doesn’t the relationship between eyebrow and eye relate to one’s ethnicity?

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 12:37 am

A very pretty woman. I thought she was Mestizo though.

But a nice surprise here though…

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

I thought the same thing. She is naturally beautiful.

Adri028456 December 7, 2014 at 1:15 am

I would’ve thought she was Portuguese, but after seeing a picture of her mother, she is a typical Brazilian with some African and Native thrown in. Her mother looks a lot like Sonia Braga.

cwm85 July 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

Her mother looks very European. So does Jordana.

Marseille June 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Looks like a typical Portuguese girl, fully white. I knew she was when I first saw her too.

Caribbeangirl September 27, 2014 at 4:35 am

Brazilian?? im not sure she is fully white hunny Do you know about brazil?

thomas1987 October 17, 2014 at 6:28 am

Not everyone in Brazil is mixed. There are many fully white people in Brazil. She is fully white.

memphis September 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Funny thing about the country of Portugal is that genetically they have the highest African admixture (mostly maternally) of about 22% in the island of Madeira, 6% total around 3.28% in the Azores all due to the slave trade, Moors (mix of Berber,Arab,Other Africans) and fairly recent immigrants. Southern Europe has a degree of African admixture mainly in low levels in places like Andalusia, Spain and parts of Italy.

Girll December 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

I read somewhere the majority of White Brazilians who have been living there since colonial times have afro/mixed ancestors. Significantly so compared to Americans.

Jordan April 14, 2015 at 7:58 am

The majority, but not all. Some are more mixed than others.

andrew April 14, 2015 at 8:14 am

they genetically have some degree of non-Euro admixture, even though it’s not visible in phenotype. Also Brazilian pardos (=mixed race) have strong European admixture

Princess June 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

She doesn’t look African or Native American. She looks 100% Portuguese.

WTF June 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm

anyway she is pretty and does look mixed. i wouldn’t doubt that that she has black ancestry. most brazilians have some black in them even though they may appear “european looking”. most brazilians also have native ancestry too. this chick looks multiracial

aaa May 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

she looks portuguese with some african and amerindian

andrew May 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm


WTF June 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm

why you repeating what aaa said?

Affellay February 11, 2013 at 7:56 am

When the first Portuguese fleet commanded by Pedro Alvares Cabral had finally approached Brazilian coast in 1500 there were no European women so they would made love with Indigenous women from local tribes. And of course the children who were born as a result of those affairs could call themselves Portuguese Brazilian but they were still mixed, right?

ethnic May 23, 2013 at 9:02 am

quite a large Japanese community in Brazil too.

Affellay February 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

Even those Brazilians who claim themselves to be “white” are not “pure white”. They are all mixed with African slaves and/or Amerindians. Well, at least majority of them:) The rest of them are mixed with either Middle Eastern and/or Asian. So there actually no white people in Brazil lol Portuguese Brazilian implies that you have Portuguese blood in your veins along with others:) Particularly in Brazil.

WTF June 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

i agree with you affellay. brazilians are probably the most mixed people on this planet. that’s why brazil has a lot of attractive people. most of the supermodels are brazilian. adriana lima is beautiful and she has black, asian, white, and native american in her. the more mixed you are, the more attractive you are

sadie April 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

What the hell is Portugese Brazilian? Never heard of it.

OTHER March 16, 2012 at 8:58 am

She is mixed:
but i thought she was Eurasian, I never imagined that she was hispanic.

levangelista36 August 14, 2012 at 1:58 am

Brazilians are not Hispanic. :/

levangelista36 August 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Why exactly was I given a thumbs down for stating correct information? They are Latino, but they are NOT Hispanic. In order to be Hispanic, you would have to come from a Spanish-speaking country. That’s the literal definition of the word. Brazilians do NOT speak Spanish; they speak Portuguese. It’s not my fault you guys use words and don’t even know what they mean.

me March 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Saying you are Brazilian is not like saying you are American,most Brazilians are mestizos as the Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Cubans, is not like in America. It would be like saying:”Saying you are Mexican is like saying you are American.”does not make much sense.

me January 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Portuguese Brazilian,where is the source on that?

storm January 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

she prob. has a little native. i know Portuguese are usually dark but their facial features don’t look like Jordana’s

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Jordana’s not white.

Nutella83 February 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Where do you think Portuguese people come from? Hello! PORTUGAL! Where is Portugal? Europe. What are Europeans? White people. Not all of us European and European descendants have peachy skin and blond hair. Some look like Eva Mendes or Jordana or Penelope Cruz. They are all White people. Good grief!

Nutella83 February 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Do yourself a favor and look up Spanish genetics on youtube. You will happily find that their genetics are COMMON for ANY Western European peoples. The ignorance on Spanish and Portuguese people is absolutely astounding!

SparkleTime December 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Brazilian is not an ethnicity. Saying you are Brazilian is like saying you are American. She could be a million things. :/

me March 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Puerto Rican also is not an ethnicity and
ethnic always list a celebrity as a Puerto Rican, not Spanish Puerto Rican.
If this site don’t have a source that proves that Jordana is Portuguese Brazilian, why not just leave her ethnicity as Brazilian and Anglo-American?

me March 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Saying you are Brazilian is not like saying you are American,most Brazilians are mestizos as the Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Cubans, is not like in America. It would be like saying:”Saying you are Mexican is like saying you are American.”does not make much sense.

me December 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

I think Jordana has a bit of Native American, she looks a lot like Patricia Velasquez who is 3 / 4 Native

SparkleTime December 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I finally agree with you on something, Me.

me December 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

that’s good =D

Giggles1989 November 24, 2011 at 9:34 am

Lol most brazilians are part African. They’re essentially mutts. Team Mixed People

Rob October 24, 2011 at 10:42 am

Who’s cares if she is part african she doesn’t look like it,so that’s okay.

George October 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

so what if she is, part african doesnt rly make her black if thats what u meant. shes probably just mostly white anyway.

Fuzzybear February 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm

To ethnic,

Yeah I know,but this forum is usually pretty trustworthy

ethnic February 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Thanks for that Fuzzybear. Though an article or interview would be better than a forum thread.


Fuzzybear February 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I tried to find a site for you,see if this one works:

Go to her name

Fuzzybear February 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm

To ethnic

NO I do have that anymore,but I do have another source.It’s a creole site,they deal with any celebrity who’s creole or any kind of mixture.Give me a few days to find it again,my other computer crash and took all my information with it.

ethnic February 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Id like to see that interview anyone got a link?

Fuzzybear February 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I saw in an interview she’s also part african

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