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."
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."