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April 28, 1981
|Occupation||Businesswoman, Actress, model|
|Known for||Acting roles:|
in Dark Angel
in Sin City
Sue Richards / Invisible Woman
in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Cash Warren (m. 2008)
Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is a businesswoman, American television and movie actress, and model. She started her business, The Honest Company, in 2011. Alba made her first movie, Camp Nowhere, at age 13 and in the television drama series Dark Angel (2000–2002). Alba later acted in several movies, such as Honey (2003), Sin City (2005) and Good Luck Chuck (2007). 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.
She has been listed in the "Hot 100" section of Maxim magazine every year from 2003 to 2007, and she was voted "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM in 2007. 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.
Early life[change | change source]
Alba was born in Pomona, California. Her mother, Catherine, is of Danish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, German and French Canadian ancestry and her father, Mark, is Mexican American, and is of Indigenous Mexican, Sephardic Jewish, Spanish and Mayan ancestry. 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 returning to California at age 9. 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. Alba has also said that she had obsessive-compulsive disorder when she was a child. The disorder affected her much less when her family moved to California. She graduated from high school when she was 16 years old. After high school, she went to the Atlantic Theater Company.
Career[change | change source]
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. 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.
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. Alba was then Maya in the television series Flipper. Her mother was a lifeguard and had taught Jessica to swim before she could walk. She is a certified scuba diver.
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. After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company.
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. 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. 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.
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. In 2008, Alba played her first horror-movie role in The Eye, a remake of the Hong Kong original. In February, she hosted an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's ceremony. Later in the year, she starred in The Love Guru.
Public image[change | change source]
In 2007, Maxim Magazine listed Alba as number 2 in their "Top 100", after Lindsay Lohan. GQ had her picture on their June covers. In May, after eight million votes, FHM (UK and US editions) named Alba the winner as "2007’s Sexiest Woman in the World". 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.
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.
Personal life[change | change source]
Alba was raised in the Roman Catholic religion. When she was a teenager she became a born-again Christian. 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. 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".
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. He asked her to marry him on her twentieth birthday but she said no. They eventually broke up after a four-year relationship. When talking about children, she said, "I'm really girly when it comes to kids. I've been surrounded by children my whole life because I'm the oldest of 15 cousins - I've been changing (nappies) since I was six... I want to have a couple, for sure.". Alba is a Democrat and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Obama's re-election.
Alba married Cash Warren on May 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. She met him while making Fantastic Four in 2004. On June 7, 2008, Alba gave birth to a baby girl called Honor Marie Warren. She also does some charity work, including clothes charity Clothes Off Our Back and women's charity Step Up Women's Network. On August 13, 2011, she gave birth to her second daughter, Haven Garner Warren.
Filmography[change | change source]
|1994||Camp Nowhere||Gail||Credited as Jessica Marie Alba|
|1995||Venus Rising||Young Eve|
|1999||Never Been Kissed||Kirsten Liosis|
|2003||The Sleeping Dictionary||Selima||DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actress in a DVD Premiere Movie|
|Honey||Honey Daniels||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Liplock & Chemistry (shared with Mekhi Phifer)|
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star – Female
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
|2005||Sin City||Nancy Callahan||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure/Thriller|
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance
Nominated – ALMA Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
|Fantastic Four||Sue Storm/Invisible Woman||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Movies – Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure|
Scream Award for Sexiest Superhero
Nominated – Imagen Award for Best Actress
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team & Hero
Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress
|Into the Blue||Sam||Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress|
|2007||The Ten||Liz Anne Blazer|
|Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||Sue Richards/Invisible Woman||Blimp Award for Favorite Female Movie Star|
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Action Adventure & Hissy Fit
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress & Screen Couple
|Good Luck Chuck||Cam Wexler||Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress & Screen Couple|
|Awake||Sam Lockwood||Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress & Screen Couple|
|2008||The Eye||Sydney Wells||Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress|
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller
|The Love Guru||Jane Bullard||Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress|
|2010||The Killer Inside Me||Joyce Lakeland||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|Valentine's Day||Morely Clarkson||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|Machete||Special Agent Sartana Rivera||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|An Invisible Sign||Mona Gray|
|Little Fockers||Andi Garcia||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|2011||Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World||Marissa Cortez Wilson||Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Butt Kicker|
|Escape from Planet Earth||Lena Thackleman||Voice|
|Machete Kills||Special Agent Sartana Rivera||Uncredited|
|2014||How to Make Love Like an Englishman||Kate|
|Barely Lethal||Victoria Knox|
|Sin City: A Dame to Die For||Nancy Callahan|
|2015||The Veil||Maggie Price|
|The Wright Girls|
|1994||The Secret World of Alex Mack||Jessica||3 episodes|
|1995–98||Flipper||Maya Graham||27 episodes Nominated – Young Star Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime TV Program|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Florie Hernandez||Episode: Sexual Perversity in Chicago Hope|
|ABC After School Specials||Christy||Episode: Too Soon for Jeff|
|1998||Brooklyn South||Melissa Hauer||Episode: Exploring Johnson|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Leanne||2 episodes|
|The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Layla||Episode: Remember?|
|2000–02||Dark Angel||Max Guevara||52 episodes|
Teen Choice Awards for TV – Choice Actress
Nominated – ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in an Old & New Television Series
Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Drama
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Leading Young Actress
TV Guide Award for Breakout Star of the Year
Nominated – TV Guide Award for Actress of the Year in a New Series
Nominated- Blimp Award for Favorite Female Action Hero
|2003||MADtv||Jessica Simpson||Episode: #9.5|
|Rock Me, Baby||Herself||Episode|
|2009||The Office||Sophie||Episode: Stress Relief|
Nominated – ALMA Award for Actress in Television – Comedy
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Girlfriend||Episode: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne|
|2014||The Spoils of Babylon||Dixie Melonworth||Miniseries|
|2005||Fantastic Four||Sue Storm/Invisible Woman|
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