Brooklyn Decker on her 'normal' Instagram account: 'I don't find that it's a negative space for me'

Brooklyn Decker rarely finds herself to be the target of internet trolls, which she attributes to her tendency not take things too seriously on social media.

During a recent sit-down at The Standard in New York City's Meatpacking District with AOL's Gibson Johns for her partnership with Black Forest Gummies, the "Grace & Frankie" actress discussed the fact that she doesn't "get a lot of negative feedback" on her Instagram account, where you're way more likely to see grainy selfies showing the realities of being a new mother rather than the glossy fare that most people are used to on the platform.

"I think people who choose to follow me do it because it’s a really honest, open portrayal of life, and I really like to hear from those people," Decker explained. "If a certain commenter has really funny comments all the time, I’ll start following them, because they’re interesting to me. I use it like a 'normal person,' whatever that means. That’s going to look terrible in writing, but that’s how I use it." 

"It’s not that aspirational, so I don’t find that it’s a negative space for me," she continued. "I’m the first person to call myself out on my own sh-t, so I beat them to the punch."

Brooklyn Decker out and about
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Brooklyn Decker out and about

Brooklyn Decker kicked off the Black Forest Gummy Harvest in celebration of juicy gummies that keep it real on the High Line in New York City.

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CULVER CITY, CA - JULY 11: Finery Co-Founder Brooklyn Decker attends the Finery App launch party hosted by Brooklyn Decker at Microsoft Lounge on July 11, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Finery)
CULVER CITY, CA - JULY 11: Chrissy Teigen and Finery Co-Founder Brooklyn Decker attend the Finery App launch party hosted by Brooklyn Decker at Microsoft Lounge on July 11, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Finery)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Brooklyn Decker attends Julianne Hough and Anita Patrickson Host an evening at AMANU to benefit LOVE UNITED at Amanu on May 10, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Amanu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Brooklyn Decker attends the Jane Club Launch Party on April 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 11: Brooklyn Decker arrives at the 8th annual Fast Company Grill during SXSW at Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill on March 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Fast Company)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Actress and model Brooklyn Decker attends the 'Support The Girls' premiere during the 2018 SXSW Conference and Festivals at the ZACH Theatre on March 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Brooklyn Decker attends the Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for JumpLine)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Brooklyn Decker attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Grace and Frankie' Season 4 at ArcLight Cinemas on January 18, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 30: Model Brooklyn Decker attends the 12th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala at ACL Live on October 30, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Brooklyn Decker attends Champion Equality, Make It Your Business panel in celebration of Women's Equality day at Neuehouse on August 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Brooklyn Decker arrives at Oceana and The Walden Woods Project present: Rock Under The Stars With Don Henley and Friends event held at Private Residence on July 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Brooklyn Decker attends the screening for Netflix's 'Grace and Frankie' Season 3 at ArcLight Hollywood on March 22, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 22: Brooklyn Decker, actress and Chief Design Officer of, speaks on Refinery29's HER BRAIN Insights panel at Hint Water Headquarters on March 22, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Refinery29)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 11: Brooklyn Decker attends Twitter's #SheInspiresMe brunch during SXSW at Bar 96 on March 11, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Twitter)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Brooklyn Decker visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Brooklyn Decker attends the Creators League Studio At 2017 Sundance Film Festival - Day 5 at PepsiCo's Creators League Studio at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Creators League Studios )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress, Brooklyn Decker attends the 'Band Aid' Premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)

One of the perks of not getting negative feedback on social media is that she doesn't get criticized very often for her decisions as a mother to son, Hank, 2, and Stevie, 8 months, which is unusual for celebrity mothers. So, when she allows her son to satisfy his sweet tooth with ice cream or gummy candy, it's refreshing that she doesn't hear from followers about it. After all, as forthcoming as the star is on Instagram, nobody knows the full story behind such decisions.

"My dad was a type-1 diabetic, so I was not allowed to have sugar growing up. So, as a result, I had massive sweet tooth. So, when we had our kids, I always said that when we take them out to ice cream, that they need to get their sweet tooth satisfied," she explained. "Otherwise, they’d turn out like me and fiend for it! I would just crave it, which is why I love it so much now. My son is 3 and on special days I’ll include some Black Forest Gummies in his lunch. They’re organic, and they’re heaven to him!"

When we asked Decker if there were any posts about her children that did elicit surprising reactions from her followers, though, she pointed to a selfie that she posted earlier this summer in which she explained that her son referred to a mole on her neck as a "nipple."

"I posted about it because it was so funny, and then so many moms and dads shared the things that their kids have said to them, and occasionally I’ll go back to that post because they’re so hysterical," Decker said with a smile. "I love posts like that, because you’re starting a real conversation. It’s honest. People use Instagram to present a really beautiful image, and that’s just not how I use mine. So, when there’s a post like that, it makes it so fulfilling."

What makes her Instagram presence all the more entertaining is the fact that her husband, former U.S. Open tennis champion Andy Roddick, doesn't even have an account, so he's just along for the ride. When Decker posts a Boomerang with her husband or a video of him capturing a massive spider on his tennis racquet, he actually has no idea where the content is going -- and, just like his carefree wife, nor does he really care.

"He doesn’t know how it works, doesn’t know what a Boomerang is, doesn’t know what an Insta Story is," Decker laughed. "[He] couldn’t care less. He’s not a visual person, so it’s just not for him."

Even if you don't follow Brooklyn Decker on Instagram, you have likely seen her pop up on the increasingly popular account, Comments By Celebs, which highlights the best of celebrity comments on the platform. Naturally, she is featured regularly -- and, no, she doesn't try to get featured.

"Truthfully, I have not heard of people intentionally commenting to get on it," she said when we asked if she thinks some celebrities deliberately comment funny things in an attempt to get featured. "What I do know is that when I’m on it, I have a ton of people send it to me, because a lot of my friends and family must follow this account. I’ve never been part of a conversation where someone is like, ‘I’m going to say something funny so that they post it!’ But that could change. They’re growing a ton."

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