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StudioLA's Mike Kai chats it up with Jordana Brewster in an exclusive to

"The Fast and the Furious," the hit movie about LA's underground street racing scene is one of the most popular releases on DVD this year. This box office surprise has raked in more than $136 million in ticket sales and $36 million in DVD sales and was still climbing as of March, 2002. Word is out that a sequel is in the works. Destined to become a cult classic, this movie features an ensemble cast of rising stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Rick Yune and Jordana Brewster. StudioLA's Mike Kai chatted with Jordana about her experience filming the movie.

Mike: Did you ever think it was going to be such a big hit?

Jordana: No, because there was no way of telling when we were making it what the special effects were going to look like. I thought the actors in the movie were pretty cool and I thought the way it looked was pretty cool in terms of the grittyness of it, but then when I saw the product for the first time, that's when you really did feel like you were in the car. It felt like a roller coaster ride. So then you really got how much fun the movie actually was. But while we were making it, no I didn't have any idea.

Mike: What was it like to work with such an ensemble cast?

Jordana: It was fun, I was more like the girly-girl of the cast, so I sorta stood back and watched all of them, because there were so many guys it was nice to see them tick the piss out of each other, just make fun of each other and act like little boys. But I sorta just sat back and watched and was the mellow one.

Mike: With the film's success, the street racing scene seems to have been brought mainstream. What do you think of this, and was there any special preparation that you had to do for your role?

Jordana: I mostly spoke to people that were on the set that specialized in that world. Vin [Diesel] and Paul [Walker] had to go to street races and check it out since their characters were more involved in that world. I just had to go to a driving school in Vegas. But I remember some people were worried that maybe since we were bringing recognition to street racing, maybe they were going to get busted more often since the cops would be more on the lookout. But I'm not sure if that happened or not.

Mike: You were actually behind the wheel in some of the scenes, what was that like?

Jordana: Haha, not really, but I did have to get my license for the movie because I didn't know how to drive. But most of the time we were rigged up to a truck so the director could have the camera right in front of us.

Mike: Most of the stunts were actually done in real-life and not computer animated?

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Jordana: Yeah. They take a long, long time. I mean that's what's really surprising when you doing an action movie there's so much waiting involved cause they have to be so safe and take all the precautions they can. But yeah, its fun to drive right behind the truck. The only problem is that you have to get the steering just right. Like I would steer too much for those kind of cars, the guy would be "Steer that way, you'd be off the road in two seconds if this was actually happening!" (laughter) So it's also good to try not to make a fool of yourself.

Mike: How did you begin your career? Did you always know you wanted to be in Hollywood?

Jordana: Yeah. I started seven years ago on a soap opera. I was on a soap for three years and then I got "The Faculty" [starring with Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek] right from the last show so I was really lucky. And then I was in a class in New York where they taught you how to make a resume and what agents worked, because I had no idea about the technical side of the business so I learned all about that in the class.

Mike: How did you land the role for "The Fast and the Furious"?

Jordana: I met with Paul and Rob the director once and then I came back and I read with Paul because they had to test for chemistry and then I got it.

Mike: Are there any future projects that you are working on currently?

Jordana: Maybe the sequel, I'm not sure though and then I don't know yet but I'm looking for stuff this summer.

Mike: Are we going to be able to see you in the sequel?

Jordana: That would be really fun, I hope so!

Mike: Thank you very much.

Jordana: Thank you, Mike.

AsianConnections wishes to thank Jordana for contributing her valuable time for the interview and the sweepstakes, for which this would not have been possible.

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