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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Birthday: 28 April 1981, Pomona, California, USA
Birth Name: Jessica Marie Alba
Height: 169 cm

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ances ...Show More

Jessica Alba
[on the criticism she received on her acting career] I know I haven't been swimming in the deep end Show more [on the criticism she received on her acting career] I know I haven't been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I've done. I wasn't trying to. I knew what they were. Hide
Honor is so beautiful and I feel so enriched by being part of her life. She's my main priority now a Show more Honor is so beautiful and I feel so enriched by being part of her life. She's my main priority now and I want to give her the best life possible. Before she was born I was totally focused on my career, but now with Cash and our daughter I feel that I'm building a wonderful family. I would like to have more children at some point. Hide
I wasn't given a whole lot in my life. I was on the bottom of the class system. But I got wisdom. I Show more I wasn't given a whole lot in my life. I was on the bottom of the class system. But I got wisdom. I never just did what people told me. I questioned everything. When I look back, it is really no surprise that I started working at 12. Hide
I was a child actor and it worked for me, given the circumstances I was in, but I'm lucky enough to Show more I was a child actor and it worked for me, given the circumstances I was in, but I'm lucky enough to give my daughter and my second baby a completely different life and an education that I never had the opportunity to have. When they're done with college, if they want to get into the arts, that's fine. I think you will be a better artist the more life experience you have, but I wouldn't encourage them to work in this type of environment as children. Hide
I don't have to be a boss; I don't have to be a wife; I don't have to be a sister. It's been liberat Show more I don't have to be a boss; I don't have to be a wife; I don't have to be a sister. It's been liberating to be able to play someone who's a badass or promiscuous because that's the opposite of who I am. It's like a drug. Hide
My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me. So I never felt connected o Show more My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me. So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically. I did grow up in a Mexican-American culture, but my mom [who's of French and Danish descent] was there the whole time. I mean, I had a very American upbringing, I feel American, and I don't speak Spanish. So, to say that I'm a Latin actress, OK, but it's not fitting; it would be insincere. If you're going to look genetically, I'm actually less Latin than Cameron Diaz, whose father is from Cuba. But she's not getting called a Latin actress because she's got blond hair and blue eyes. Hide
[on James Cameron] There's nobody like him, and we're all blessed to have him be one of the best dir Show more [on James Cameron] There's nobody like him, and we're all blessed to have him be one of the best directors in our lifetime. Hide
[on being criticized by 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) director Tim Story] - [The director told Show more [on being criticized by 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) director Tim Story] - [The director told me] 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica'. He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in'.I'm like, 'but there's no connection to a human being'. And then it all got me thinking: 'Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work?' And so I just said, 'Fuck it - I don't care about this business anymore.' Hide
No, I'll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can't go naked. No, I'll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can't go naked.
To me, box office is the most important thing. If the movie makes money, then I'm fine. To me, box office is the most important thing. If the movie makes money, then I'm fine.
I'm really good at being sarcastic with guys. That's the best way to hang out with them, because tha Show more I'm really good at being sarcastic with guys. That's the best way to hang out with them, because that's what guys like. They don't want the quiet, prissy little things. Hide
I used to come to Beverly Hills for auditions as a kid and think, "Why don't I live here? Why don't Show more I used to come to Beverly Hills for auditions as a kid and think, "Why don't I live here? Why don't I drive that car?" Hide
(on expecting her second child) The nursery isn't ready. It's not even close, but I'm accumulating t Show more (on expecting her second child) The nursery isn't ready. It's not even close, but I'm accumulating things. In the beginning the baby stays with me in the room, so you don't need the nursery ready so soon. We're remodeling our house, so it's going to take a few months. I'm really taking my time. Hide
[on Johnny Depp] I have a huge fat crush on him. Of all the men in this business, he is my favorite. Show more [on Johnny Depp] I have a huge fat crush on him. Of all the men in this business, he is my favorite. Wow! I presented at the Golden Globes. I saw him, made eye contact with him and forgot all my lines. Hide
Living in L.A., everyone likes to mold you and change you. I don't care about fame, I don't care abo Show more Living in L.A., everyone likes to mold you and change you. I don't care about fame, I don't care about being a celebrity. I know that's part of the job, but I don't feed into anyone's idea of who I should be. Hide
(on physical attraction fading and personality being more important in relationships): The physical Show more (on physical attraction fading and personality being more important in relationships): The physical is so fleeting anyway. And when you're in a relationship, the physical lasts for, maximum, two years. And then you don't care how attractive you are to that person - if they drive you nuts, they drive you nuts. Hide
The most important thing I have learned in life was that being a teenager wasn't forever. I had a ha Show more The most important thing I have learned in life was that being a teenager wasn't forever. I had a hard time being a teenager. Hide
We didn't plan on starting a family so soon but when it happened we realized what a beautiful moment Show more We didn't plan on starting a family so soon but when it happened we realized what a beautiful moment it was. We're a lot closer. The beauty of marriage and having a family is knowing you're sharing everything with someone else and are committed to being part of each others lives. Cash and I understand that and together with our daughter, we want to have a wonderful life. Hide
No, I'll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can't go naked. I come fr Show more No, I'll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can't go naked. I come from a very Catholic family so it wasn't seen as a good thing to flaunt yourself like that. I can handle being sexy with clothes on but not with them off. Hide
What happens when the looks fade?. If I don't establish myself as someone who can act a part rather Show more What happens when the looks fade?. If I don't establish myself as someone who can act a part rather than look the part, I will soon be finished. Hide
I share the same advice that my mom gave me - stay hydrated and sleep well. And that being a beautif Show more I share the same advice that my mom gave me - stay hydrated and sleep well. And that being a beautiful person on the inside is what matters. Hide
Pregnancy was the most incredible experience I've ever had. So I'll take the stretch marks. I'll tak Show more Pregnancy was the most incredible experience I've ever had. So I'll take the stretch marks. I'll take the sagging boobs. I'll take the cellulite I can never get rid of. Hide
[on herself after childbirth] My breasts are saggy, I've got cellulite, my hips are bigger... every Show more [on herself after childbirth] My breasts are saggy, I've got cellulite, my hips are bigger... every actress out there is more beautiful than me. Hide
Oddly, I think I'm a little more wild and free since I had Honor because once she's in bed all my mo Show more Oddly, I think I'm a little more wild and free since I had Honor because once she's in bed all my mom friends come over and we have dance parties at my house. It's really dorky and I probably wouldn't have done that before. But no, I don't go out. I hang out with my friends and I'm pretty chilled. Hide
I have my own spiritual thing, but am not part of an organized religion. I think religion is very sp Show more I have my own spiritual thing, but am not part of an organized religion. I think religion is very special and individual to each person. Hide
I don't do nudity. I just don't. Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won't get hired in some Show more 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. Hide
Everybody is beautiful, and there are so many different types of beauty and ideas of beauty - it rea Show more Everybody is beautiful, and there are so many different types of beauty and ideas of beauty - it really comes down to confidence. Hide
It's porn [Good Luck Chuck (2007)]. There were all these actresses who got conned into being complet Show more It's porn [Good Luck Chuck (2007)]. There were all these actresses who got conned into being completely naked. Some were strippers, probably. But every day when I was done, I ran away. I was like, "Bye". As long as they didn't disrespect me, I could give a rat's butt. Hide
I don't hang out with the Hollywood cool people. I'm not out trying to make friends with people beca Show more I don't hang out with the Hollywood cool people. I'm not out trying to make friends with people because they're famous. Hide
My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what yo Show more My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing. Hide
[on her daughter] I'm very strict with her. When it's time for her to eat, whether she's hollering o Show more [on her daughter] I'm very strict with her. When it's time for her to eat, whether she's hollering or whatever, it's time to eat. She gets a time out if she cries for no reason. So then she stops because she doesn't want a time out. Hide
[on chipping her front tooth while filming Good Luck Chuck (2007)] I chipped my front tooth doing a Show more [on chipping her front tooth while filming Good Luck Chuck (2007)] I chipped my front tooth doing a kiss with Dane Cook and he chipped his bottom tooth. We were doing this comedic Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) love scene, and we were slamming into walls and breaking things and tumbling over couches and stuff. At one point, he slammed my head into a picture frame and, while my head was smacking into the wall and breaking the picture, his teeth slammed into my teeth. Now I have a bond on my tooth and, when I take it off, I look like Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber (1994). I look really silly. I guess I'd be perfect for a sequel. I can definitely take the bond off of my tooth and throw people off a bit. I get to take this thing off and be somebody else for a little while. It's like a disguise. Hide
[on Lindsay Lohan] She's really nice. We hang out and chat for hours about girl stuff. [on Lindsay Lohan] She's really nice. We hang out and chat for hours about girl stuff.
It's not always so great to be objectified but I don't feel I have much of a choice right now. I'm y Show more It's not always so great to be objectified but I don't feel I have much of a choice right now. I'm young in my career. I know I have to strike when the iron is hot. I look forward to the day when I can do a small movie and act and it's not about me wearing a bathing suit or chaps. Hide
I love Kate Winslet, she has a beautiful body, as does Monica Bellucci, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer L Show more I love Kate Winslet, she has a beautiful body, as does Monica Bellucci, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson. There are so many gorgeous girls out there. Hide
I wish I was more educated but I make do with the tools I was given in life. I wish I was more educated but I make do with the tools I was given in life.
[on racial stereotyping] My father is Mexican and very dark; my mother is very fair. I used to alway Show more [on racial stereotyping] My father is Mexican and very dark; my mother is very fair. I used to always get [script] breakdowns for things like Maria, the janitor's daughter who hangs around with white kids. I was born in the United States. I never thought about it until the industry made me think about being a Latin girl. It seemed like such a bizarre thing. Hide
My first kiss was when I was 7, and it was scandalous because he was 10! I only did it so he would p Show more My first kiss was when I was 7, and it was scandalous because he was 10! I only did it so he would pick me on our neighborhood baseball team. And at the time, I thought it was great, but then it sucked because he didn't even pick me! Hide
The movies that I do are usually physically demanding in one way or another. It's a good way to keep Show more The movies that I do are usually physically demanding in one way or another. It's a good way to keep your health on track. Especially when you've been on-set for 14 hours, it's nice to relieve that stress in another way than having to rely on a big meal and wine. Hide
Avatar (2009) is incredible, just incredible. I love what Jim [James Cameron] is doing for the envir Show more Avatar (2009) is incredible, just incredible. I love what Jim [James Cameron] is doing for the environment, just in what his movie says about taking care of and trying to save our planet. It's such a beautiful message. Hide
My theory is that if you look confident, you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what y Show more My theory is that if you look confident, you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing. Hide
I'm a total nerd at heart. If I'm not working I spend the whole day in my pajamas. I've never been d Show more I'm a total nerd at heart. If I'm not working I spend the whole day in my pajamas. I've never been desperate to be out there at parties, or to be playing the dating game. Hide
I like Spongebob Squarepants. He's goofy, like me. I like Spongebob Squarepants. He's goofy, like me.
[Being raised by young parents] We all grew up together. My parents were so young. My dad hates it w Show more [Being raised by young parents] We all grew up together. My parents were so young. My dad hates it when I talk about our past, about not having things, living with grandma, wearing thrift-store clothes, cutting coupons. Hide
I love listening to Coldplay. But sometimes I listen to it too much and it depresses me. I call it a Show more I love listening to Coldplay. But sometimes I listen to it too much and it depresses me. I call it a "reflective" mood. Hide
Men are much bigger divas than women. When I used to do the action scenes in Dark Angel (2000) I wou Show more Men are much bigger divas than women. When I used to do the action scenes in Dark Angel (2000) I would have to play it rough. If you hit an actress accidentally, she would usually take it on the chin and say, "Don't do that again." But with the guys, they would put ice on it, take a 20-minute break and ask for X-rays. It was unbelievable. I would tell them, "Come on, man, get over it." That's actors for you. Hide
There is always an unspoken problem about casting Latina actresses. I have heard Jennifer Lopez talk Show more There is always an unspoken problem about casting Latina actresses. I have heard Jennifer Lopez talk about how it was for her, always being up for the role of the Latina chick. Hide
Thank you to the fans. I do movies for you. Practice safe sex and drive hybrids if you can. Thank you to the fans. I do movies for you. Practice safe sex and drive hybrids if you can.
It's probably the most influential thing that I've ever had. Thank god for Dark Angel (2000). Gettin Show more It's probably the most influential thing that I've ever had. Thank god for Dark Angel (2000). Getting a blessing by James Cameron to star in his first television show. Really, the first thing he did after Titanic (1997) was hire me. Hide
[July 2004] I just don't have a great feeling about what we're doing in Iraq. I don't know why we're Show more [July 2004] I just don't have a great feeling about what we're doing in Iraq. I don't know why we're there. Didn't we just give the power back over there? Why are we still there? Hide
I don't need to be in the press or seen. Just because I'm not in magazines or because I'm not in a m Show more I don't need to be in the press or seen. Just because I'm not in magazines or because I'm not in a movie doesn't mean I'm going away. It just means I have some sense of integrity. Hide
I can't ever get down to the weight I was before I had Honor [her first child]. My body's just diffe Show more I can't ever get down to the weight I was before I had Honor [her first child]. My body's just different. The jeans just sort of zip up differently, and things hang differently. Hide
When I went blonde for Sin City (2005) three years ago, I swear I've never had more male attention. Show more When I went blonde for Sin City (2005) three years ago, I swear I've never had more male attention. I'd go to a bar and all these Arab Princes and much older men would want to buy me a drink - I'm talking guys in their 80s! Hide
There's this mentality that you need the big dress and the big day - the day every girl gets to be a Show more There's this mentality that you need the big dress and the big day - the day every girl gets to be a princess. I didn't agree with any of that. This tradition of obeying your husband like he's your king? It's a load of crap. Love and honor, yes. But you should love and honor yourself too, and all your friends. Hide
From a very early age, I remember thinking that adults were always acting like assholes. I couldn't Show more From a very early age, I remember thinking that adults were always acting like assholes. I couldn't understand why I had to respect them. My pre-school teacher forced me to write right-handed when I was left-handed. I didn't get why I had to change. Nobody could give me a reason. I have had a big problem with authority ever since. Hide
It feels like you're really officially, really truly a mom when you have two kids. [With] one kid yo Show more It feels like you're really officially, really truly a mom when you have two kids. [With] one kid you're a mom for sure, but two takes it to another level. Hide
It's hard. On the weekends is when my husband and I make a concerted effort to just not email or tex Show more It's hard. On the weekends is when my husband and I make a concerted effort to just not email or text, but really spend our time with our daughter and be completely, 100 percent focused on her. During the week, it's here and there, depending on if I am busy with meetings or not. It is tough, because I do care about my career. I do have that, but she's my number one priority. If she's not doing okay, nothing matters. Hide
I've bought 70 percent of my house off Craigslist! I've found so many things: couches, tables, lamps Show more I've bought 70 percent of my house off Craigslist! I've found so many things: couches, tables, lamps. I love the idea of recycling furniture and there being a history there. Hide
Men's magazines have nipples so why don't women have a magazine where men show their penises? There' Show more Men's magazines have nipples so why don't women have a magazine where men show their penises? There's Playgirl but not a fashion magazine like Elle. If there was a magazine like that I'd buy it. Nudity's not a big deal to me . . . I've said I won't go naked in any of my movies, because I don't want to. But that doesn't mean I don't want to see other people strip off! Hide
When I was a little kid, I made a deal with the universe. If I was able to manifest my dreams, then Show more When I was a little kid, I made a deal with the universe. If I was able to manifest my dreams, then I would try to do good in some way." Hide
[on growing up in L.A.] I never really belonged anywhere. I wasn't white. I was shunned by the Latin Show more [on growing up in L.A.] I never really belonged anywhere. I wasn't white. I was shunned by the Latin community for not being Latin enough. My grandfather was the only one in our family to go to college. He made a choice not to speak Spanish in the house. He didn't want his kids to be different. Hide
One of the reasons why I chose not to be a devout Christian is because a lot of people gave me a lot Show more One of the reasons why I chose not to be a devout Christian is because a lot of people gave me a lot of grief for just being a woman and made me feel ashamed for having a body because it tempted men. I didn't understand what that meant because I was like, "God created this . . ." That was a hard time in my life. Hide
[on having more children] Yeah, I think so, it's the best thing ever. So, having more kids, I can wr Show more [on having more children] Yeah, I think so, it's the best thing ever. So, having more kids, I can wrap my head around it. Hide
When I read the script for Machete (2010), I was uncomfortable with the sexual content. I got really Show more When I read the script for Machete (2010), I was uncomfortable with the sexual content. I got really nervous even talking about it. Hide
My mom grew up around a huge family, and they always wanted more kids, and I was like, 'Why don't yo Show more My mom grew up around a huge family, and they always wanted more kids, and I was like, 'Why don't you just adopt?' I'm totally inspired. If you have the love, and the capacity to love children, you should just adopt. And I plan on doing it. Hide
[on being a parent] It's the best of life. Honor walks and talks, has a lot of opinions. [on being a parent] It's the best of life. Honor walks and talks, has a lot of opinions.
[on her 'new approach' to acting] I've played a lot of leading-lady types; they were sweet, aspirati Show more [on her 'new approach' to acting] I've played a lot of leading-lady types; they were sweet, aspirational, not terribly complicated people. I need to make sure I had staying power, so I went after tentpole movies that were going to be big and global. I really just want to work with directors who I think are cool, and on movies that I think are fun and characters that I think are interesting, whether that's an indie or a big movie. Hide
[on Lindsay Lohan] The fact that she can poke fun at herself - she's a brilliant actress. Mean Girls Show more [on Lindsay Lohan] The fact that she can poke fun at herself - she's a brilliant actress. Mean Girls (2004) is a classic. It's so good. How can you ever forget that? I think people should probably focus more on someone's career and maybe less on someone's personal circumstances. It's nobody's business. Everyone goes through their own thing. Hide
I just didn't like the damsel-in-distress thing. I could relate to young girls wanting to see her ta Show more I just didn't like the damsel-in-distress thing. I could relate to young girls wanting to see her take care of herself. And because I'm so good at action, I talked the writer and producer and director into throwing together a little fight sequence. It ended up taking three more weeks to shoot it. But at least I'm not tied up and asleep until my knight in shining armor comes and saves me. So I thought it was cool. Hide
[on learning Spanish] I have a great accent because I grew up hearing it in the neighborhood. But I Show more [on learning Spanish] I have a great accent because I grew up hearing it in the neighborhood. But I have no idea what I'm saying. Hide
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