Jan. 21, 2011— -- She may have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated's illustrious swimsuit issue, but model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker hasn't always been happy about her body.
The 23-year-old star of "Just Go With It," the new Adam Sandler comedy also starring Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman, tells Self magazine that she went through a period of insecurity as a pre-adolescent and later succumbed to "crazy diets" when she started out as a model.
"When I was younger, I was insecure about being gangly and having no shape," Decker tells the current issue of Self. "People made fun of me and called me a boy. I remember praying for boobs and a butt."
"Luckily, I grew into myself and got curves, but when I was first modeling, I wished for that boyish 'Gisele' body again!" she said, referring to model Gisele Bundchen.
To try to achieve it, Decker reveals she went to extreme measures.
"When I moved to New York, I was always with other aspiring models. There were bingers and purgers, and everyone watched each other eat. It freaked me out," she said. "I did juice fasts and crazy diets and ended up gaining weight."
Ultimately, she said, "my father did an intervention and got me to stop obsessing about everyone else and wrecking my body."