Birthday: May 5, 1988
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Four years after Hogan Knows Best, the VH1 reality show chronicling the lives of Hulk Hogan and his family, premiered to the channel’s highest ratings ever, daughter Brooke is getting her own spin-off, Brooke Knows Best. The show takes place in and around the 20-year-old’s Miami crib, where she and her two roommates deal with dating, partying, and Brooke’s emerging music career. “When I was with my old record label, a certain producer forced me to do stuff that was not me,” Brooke says. “I told them I had R&B vocal training, and they put me on a 50 Cent beat! So I’m ready to reinvent myself.”
Not a moment too soon. The past year has seen two big (and highly public) setbacks for the Hogans: a car accident in which her brother’s friend was critically injured and the breakup of her parents’ 24-year marriage (in which one of Brooke’s friends confessed to sleeping with her dad). Still Brooke remains undaunted and ready for the spotlight. “Of course I had to think long and hard about this,” she says of submitting to the unblinking eye of TV, “but once I saw the crew, who’ve been with me for the past four years, I was like, ‘Sure! Come on in!’”
But just because she’s moved out of the house the WWE built doesn’t mean Brooke’s legendary dad won’t be showing up while the cameras are rolling. “He pops up at, like, my best friend’s birthday party and stuff. He can’t fight the feeling of wanting to be a protective daddy. Thankfully, the times he’s dropped in, I haven’t been doing anything bad."
The Hulkster's daughter puts us down for the count at her photo shoot.