Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba in 2011
Born Jessica Marie Alba
April 28, 1981 (1981-04-28) (age 33)
Pomona, California, United States
Residence Beverly Hills, California, United States
Occupation actress, model
Years active 1994–present
Spouse Cash Warren (m. 2008–present)

Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981)[1][2] is an American television and film actress and model. When she was 13 years old, she got her first acting job. It was in the movie Camp Nowhere. She became famous when acting in the television series Dark Angel (2000–02). Alba later acted in several movies, such as Honey (2003), Sin City (2005), and Good Luck Chuck (2007).[3][4]

She has been listed in the "Hot 100" section of Maxim magazine every year from 2003 to 2007,[5][6][7][8][9] and she was voted "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM in 2007.[10] In March 2007, a picture of her was used on the cover of Playboy. Playboy did not ask her if they could use the picture or tell her they were going to use it. This caused a lawsuit that was later dropped.[11] Alba has won several awards for her acting. These awards include the "Choice Actress" award at the Teen Choice Award and a Saturn Award. Both of these awards were for her acting in the series Dark Angel.[12]

Early life[change | change source]

Alba was born in Pomona, California on April 28, 1981. Her mother, Catherine, is of Danish and French Canadian ancestry and her father, Mark, is Mexican American and Venezuelan ancestry.[13][14] She has a younger brother named Joshua. Alba's father was in the Air Force and his career caused them to live in many different places. They lived in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Del Rio, Texas before going back to California when she was nine years old.[15]

When she was young, Alba was ill many times. She had a collapsed lung twice, had pneumonia four or five times each year and had problems with her appendix and tonsils. She was in hospitals for much of her childhood. This meant Alba did not spend much time with other children.[16] Alba has also said that she had obsessive-compulsive disorder when she was a child.[17][18] The disorder affected her much less when her family moved to California. She graduated from high school when she was 16 years old.[19] After high school, she went to the Atlantic Theater Company.[20]

Career[change | change source]

Alba in 2007

Alba wanted to act since she was five. She took her first acting class at age twelve. An acting agent signed her nine months later.[15][21] Her first movie work was a small role in the 1994 movie Camp Nowhere. At first, she was only hired for two weeks but ended up working for two months because another actress dropped out.[22]

Alba starred in two national television commercials when she was a child. One of these was for Nintendo and the other was for J.C. Penney. She played Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack.[15] Alba was then Maya in the television series Flipper.[15][22] Her mother was a lifeguard and had taught Jessica to swim before she could walk. She is a certified scuba diver.[15][23]

In 1998, she acted in Brooklyn South, in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 and in an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave.[22] After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company.[20][24]

She became more famous in Hollywood in 1999 after acting in the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the main female character in the 1999 comedy-horror movie Idle Hands.[3] She was chosen from a group of 1,200 actresses for the role of the genetically-engineered soldier, on the FOX sci-fi television series Dark Angel. The series ran for two seasons from 2000 until 2002. Alba was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on that series.[3][25] When she trained to be in Dark Angel, Alba had to exercise very much and she starved herself. She said "A lot of girls have eating disorders and I did too. I got obsessed with it." She also had obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks. She said she has been cooking for herself since the age of twelve so she would not become as fat as her family members.[26]

Some of Alba's most famous movie roles are a dancer in Sin City and as Marvel Comics character Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four. She also acted in Into the Blue in 2005 and Good Luck Chuck a few years later.[27] In 2008, Alba played her first horror-movie role in The Eye, a remake of the Hong Kong original.[14] In February, she hosted an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's ceremony.[28] Later in the year, she starred in The Love Guru.[4]

In 2010 Alba appeared in five movies including Little Fockers and The Killer Inside Me.[4] The following year she appeared in Spy Kids 4, a sequel to Spy Kids.[4]

Public image[change | change source]

In 2007, Maxim Magazine listed Alba as number 2 in their "Top 100", after Lindsay Lohan.[9] GQ had her picture on their June covers.[29] In May, after eight million votes, FHM (UK and US editions) named Alba the winner as "2007’s Sexiest Woman in the World".[10] She received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress and Saturn Award for Best Actress (TV) for her role in Dark Angel, along with a Golden Globe nomination. In 2006, she received an MTV Movie Award for "Sexiest Performance" for Sin City.[9][30]

Some people have said Alba's acting was bad. She was nominated for a 2007 Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her work in Awake, Good Luck Chuck, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.[31]

On the cover of the March 2006 issue, Playboy magazine named Alba among its 25 Sexiest Celebrities and the "Sex Star of the Year". She took Playboy to court for using a picture of her without her permission. However, she later dropped the lawsuit when she got a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh Hefner. He agreed to make donations to two charities that Alba supports.[11]

Personal life[change | change source]

Alba at the premiere for The Eye in 2008

Alba was raised in the Roman Catholic religion.[32] When she was a teenager she became a born-again Christian.[33] However, she left the church after four years because she believed that she was being judged by the way she looked. She has said that she still believes in God even though she is not a member of the church.[34] Alba has not performed naked. She was given the option to appear nude in Sin City by the movie's directors, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. She said no to the offer saying, "I don't do nudity. I just don't. Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won't get hired in some things. But I have too much anxiety".[35]

While filming Dark Angel, Alba began a romance with another member of the cast, Michael Weatherly. This caused controversy because he was 12 years older than she was.[14] He asked her to marry him on her twentieth birthday but she said no.[14] They eventually broke up after a four-year relationship.[36] When talking about children, she said, "I'm really girly when it comes to kids. I've been surrounded by kids my whole life because I'm the oldest of 15 cousins—I've been changing diapers since I was six. I want to have a couple, for sure".[37] Alba is a Democrat and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Obama's re-election.[38]

Alba married Cash Warren on May 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.[39] She met him while making Fantastic Four in 2004.[40] On June 7, 2008, Alba gave birth to a baby girl called Honor Marie Warren.[41] She also does some charity work,[42] including clothes charity Clothes Off Our Back and women's charity Step Up Women's Network.[43][44] On August 13, 2011, she gave birth to her second daughter, Haven Garner Warren.

Movies[change | change source]

The following table shows all the movies Alba has been in, the role she played and when the movie was released.[4]

Year Movie Role Other notes
1994 Camp Nowhere Gail
1995 Venus Rising Young Eve
1999 P.U.N.K.S. Samantha Swoboda
Never Been Kissed Kirsten Liosis
Idle Hands Molly
2000 Paranoid Chloe
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary Selima DVD Exclusive Award – Best Actress in a DVD Premiere Movie
Honey Honey Daniels Teen Choice Award Nominations – Choice Movie Liplock (Shared with Mekhi Phifer), Choice Movie Chemistry (Shared with Mekhi Phifer), Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure, Choice Breakout Movie Star – Female
2005 Sin City Nancy Callahan Teen Choice Award Nomination – Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure/Thriller
Saturn Award Nomination – Best Supporting Actress
MTV Movie Award – Sexiest Performance
Fantastic Four Sue Storm / Invisible Woman Teen Choice Award Nomination – Movies – Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure
Razzie Award – Worst Actress
Imagen Foundation Award Nomination – Best Actress
MTV Movie Award Nomination – Best Hero
Into the Blue Sam Razzie Award – Worst Actress
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Sue Richards / Invisible Woman Teen Choice Award Nominations – Choice Movie: Hissy Fit, Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure
Good Luck Chuck Cam Wexler
The Ten Liz Anne Blazer
Awake Sam Lockwood
2008 Meet Bill Lucy
The Eye Sydney Wells
The Love Guru Jane Bullard
2010 Valentine's Day Morely Clarkson
The Killer Inside Me Joyce Lakeland
Machete Special Agent Sartana Rivera
An Invisible Sign Mona Gray
Little Fockers Andi Garcia
2011 Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World Marissa Cortez Wilson

Television[change | change source]

Year(s) TV series Role Other notes
1994 The Secret World of Alex Mack Jessica 3 episodes
1995–97 Flipper Maya Graham 10 episodes
YoungStar Award Nomination – Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program
1996 ABC After School Specials Christy 1 episode
Chicago Hope Florie Hernandez 1 episode
1998 Brooklyn South Melissa Hauer 1 episode
Beverly Hills, 90210 Leanne 2 episodes
The Love Boat: The Next Wave Layla 1 episode
2000–02 Dark Angel Max Guevara 42 episodes
Teen Choice Awards – TV – Choice Actress
Teen Choice Award Nomination – TV – Choice Actress, Drama
ALMA Award Nominations – Outstanding Actress in a New Television Series, Outstanding Actress in a Television Series
Saturn Award – Best Actress on Television
Saturn Award Nomination – Best Actress in a Television Series
Golden Globe Award Nomination – Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama
Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Leading Young
TV Guide Award – Breakout Star of the Year
TV Guide Award Nomination – Actress of the Year in a New Series
2003 MADtv Jessica Simpson 1 episode
2004 Entourage Herself 1 episode
2005 Trippin' Herself 2 episodes
2009 The Office Sophie 1 episode

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