Written by Sarah Nicole Valdez
Photo by David Mitchell
Brooke Butler. Remember that name, because you’re soon to see her in all the next blockbuster hits. Brooke has a passion for acting, and a drive to succeed that is sure to make her an Oscar-winning starlet. Watch out Academy! Brooke Butler is about to grace the red carpet with her beauty, charm and elegance.
In addition to her stunning beauty, Brooke is equipped with intelligence. She calls the University of Southern California her alma-mater; and, amidst a busy class schedule, Brooke dedicated herself to the USC cheer team.
Brooke also has a heart of gold. She believes that her art, acting, can have a profound, positive impact on the lives of her audience—just like it had on her life when she was five years old. Among the myriad of superficial, sex-crazed celebrities that litter the covers of countless Hollywood gossip magazines, Brooke Butler represents something vastly different. That is, Brooke wants to be a positive role model for women and young girls. In her own words, Brooke advocates for the importance of women to be “strong and independent, yet graceful and feminine.”
Brooke’s unquenchable zest for life makes this one-of-a-kind beauty a true SWOOP girl. We’re proud to have her trademark radiance and class adorn the cover of this issue.
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
How does it feel to be a SWOOP Girl?
What could be better than representing an area I love so much!
What is your favorite aspect about living in Southern California?
Where else could a girl from the small town of Woodinville, Washington go to realize her dreams—graduate from USC, cheer at two Rose Bowl games, act on TV and the big screen, and at the end of the day run the strand and watch the most beautiful sunsets from her apartment window.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
After acting classes, coaching, singing lessons and dance lessons, you’ll see me at Green Yogi, Fit on Studios, or just hanging with my girl friends at the beach. My brother was always such a big influence in my life, so I grew up a bit of a Tom boy doing everything from wake boarding, skiing, and dirt biking to extreme sports! In fact, I was water skiing at age three. I still love all of those things! My parents say that I never did learn how to walk—I just started to run! That probably best describes me—full of energy with this great love of life.
What would be your absolute perfect day?
Waking up early to run on the beach before I film for the day. Then spending the entire day on set working before coming home to have dinner with my whole family.
Who is the best band of all time?
The Beach Boys! They used to live on the same street I do. I surf where they grew up surfing!
If you could meet one person from history, who would it be and why?
Grace Kelley. She was intelligent, talented, and strong-willed. She was an icon of grace and beauty. I love the fact that she maintained her dignity and femininity. She inspired me to write my own blog called “Wise Words for Women,” which encourages women to be strong and independent yet graceful and feminine.
What is your favorite quote?
“Behind every successful woman is herself.”
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Possibly my brother’s face when he sees me in a swimsuit in this issue of Swoop!
What ignited your interest in acting?
My passion in life has always been acting; and, I know exactly when it sparked. I was about five years old when my parents took me to see Phantom of The Opera at the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. We sat front row. I still vividly remember Christine singing to the Phantom. My parents said I had tears on my cheeks, and that I was always sensitive to the people around me. I wanted to be able to affect others just as I was changed that day. I believe the entertainment world has a great power to be able to change people’s lives with a simple performance.
What is the proudest moment you’ve had thus far in your acting career?
I don’t know if I can pinpoint one specific moment. My entire journey has been quite the phenomenal ride. If I had to choose one, I would say being in a movie with and meeting Frances Fisher. She’s radiant.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Gladiator. Hands down. But if I’m in the mood to laugh, then it’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall; I can quote the entire movie!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Currently you will find me working out at The Green Yogi, Fit On Studios, running the strand, or eating at Four Daughters Kitchen with my best girl friends—usually no makeup and Lulu Lemon outfit on! In five years I hope to still be in Manhattan Beach as it has given me a wonderful community that reminds me of my small town of Woodinville. But beyond that I hope to be well established and respected in my industry as an actress, spokeswoman, and role model.