Brooke Shields Admits She’s “The Biggest” Nerd

Brooke Shields proudly calls herself a nerd.

“The greatest,” the actress bragged to Page Six exclusively on the red carpet Wednesday at the premiere of her documentary, “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields,” at Lincoln Center in New York City.

“I’ve always been a little clumsy,” she explained. “And I’ve always been a student and a person with stained glasses and tripping [over things]. My mind is always thinking of so many things that I don’t think to introduce myself.

Shields, 57, is so dorky, in fact, that she credited “color-coordinated pens” as the reason she “graduated” in the ’80s.

Her husband, Chris Henchy, with whom she shares two daughters, Rowan, 19, and Grier, 16, agreed with the ‘Suddenly Susan’ star’s self-assessment.

“She’s very nerdy,” he told us. “She can embarrass the family, laugh at the stupidest jokes.”

Brooke Shields attends the premiere of her documentary.
Brooke Shields describes herself as a nerd.
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However, the director, 59, marveled at how normal his superstar wife was.

“One thing with Brooke that I learned every time I introduced her to people, like, back then – my mom and my dad and my family, they were like, ‘Um, she’s the most normal’ “, he recalls. “It’s crazy that she’s as normal as she is. I don’t think I take it for granted.

Henchy, who co-created the Funny or Die website with Will Ferrell, was also amazed to compare Shields’ teenage years to his own.

Brooke Shields, daughter Grier and husband Chris Henchy on a red carpet.
Shields’ husband, Chris Henchy, agreed that the actress was “very nerdy”.
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“You’re sitting there thinking about what you were doing at 16,” he said, addressing the legendary model directly. “And I was, you know, pumping air into my bike tires and riding at 7-Eleven, and she’s doing amazing things, movies and… it’s a whole other world. So that puts things in perspective, for sure.

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Shields is currently promoting his two-part documentary, which explores his decades-long career in the spotlight, including his famous Calvin Klein commercials – “Nothing Comes Between Me and My Calvins” – and plays a child prostitute in the film. “Pretty Baby”. ”

She also reveals that an unnamed movie director raped her when she was in her twenties.

Brooke Shields as a young girl with her mother, Terri Shields.
Shields’ documentary delves into his relationship with his mother, Terri.
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In the trailer, the ‘Endless Love’ star says she was “catapulted into the world of adult sexuality,” which “marked her.”

She described seeing the finished film, which her longtime friend Ali Wentworth co-produced, as a cathartic experience.

“Everything has come full circle,” she told Page Six. “And I was able to be proud of the things that I really never took credit for and let me deal with the saddest parts, but know that the joy of not being jaded and moving on and still being excited by this foolish business and what I am doing.”

Brooke Shields in an old Calvin Klein ad.
“Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” also details how the model was sexualized at a young age.
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With everything she’s been through, Shields seemed a little surprised that she emerged from her childhood and teenage years unscathed.

“I’m not angry. I’m not jaded. I’m just excited,” she continued. “It’s such a gift and a blessing. And seeing this movie, with it all together, cut together – I just compartmentalized everything in my life, so I never saw it all together, you know – and it really made me feel like I had it do. Always do that!”

Wentworth and her husband George Stephanopoulos, Debra Messing, Huma Abedin, Marlo Thomas and Mariska Hargitay were other celebrities at the premiere of “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields,” which hits Hulu on April 3.


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