Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) started her acting career in the '90s, playing in a few independent films, making a few appearances on The Secret World of Alex Mack, and doing a couple of seasons of the revived Flipper series. Then she grew up and starred in Dark Angel. And then she played a stripper in Sin City, and Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four (2005), and wore a bikini in Into the Blue. She has a personal code about never appearing nude. At least not completely.
Over time it's come to light that she dislikes most of her CV. She thought Good Luck Chuck was borderline pornographic, The Killer Inside Me was gratuitously violent (she's stated she doesn't want her daughters to see it, and with good reason), and hated working on the Fantastic Four (2005) movies so much that she almost quit acting.
Although she appeals a bit too much to males to have any chick flicks in the foreseeable future, Valentine's Day notwithstanding and she barely appears in this one (see also Scarlett Johansson and Megan Foxnote ), she has almost certainly won some female fans by not hiding how difficult it was for her to get back in shape after having her daughters Honor and Haven. She and their father Cash Warren married in 2008; in recent years she's devoted more time to motherhood than acting, starting a company called The Honest Company (specialising in non-toxic household goods) and authoring The Honest Life, a book about this lifestyle. The company became highly successful, and Alba's net worth is estimated to be $340 million.
Despite looking entirely different and both having been in Valentine's Day (although never in the same scene), she is sometimes confused with Jessica Biel.
She had her third child on New Year's Eve 2017, a son. And yes, his name starts with H as well - Hayes.
Her films include:
- Camp Nowhere (1994)
- Never Been Kissed (1999)
- Idle Hands (1999)
- Sin City (2005)
- Fantastic Four (2005)
- Into the Blue (2005)
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
- Good Luck Chuck (2007)
- Awake (2007)
- The Love Guru (2008)
- Valentine's Day (2010)
- The Killer Inside Me (2010)
- Machete (2010)
- Little Fockers (2010)
- Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (2011)
- Machete Kills (2013) (uncredited cameo)
- Barely Lethal (2015)
- Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Tropes associated with this actress:
- Fake Nationality: Malaysian in The Sleeping Dictionary.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her personal code against nudity notwithstanding, directors can't seem to resist having at least one scantily-dressed/suggested-nude scene in any film she does, regardless of whether it makes sense or not. She was apparently nude in two movies, but The Sleeping Dictionary used body doubles and her shower scene in Machete involved digitally removed underwear.
- Old Shame: In an interview with the British magazine Arena promoting Fantastic Four (2005) she badmouthed two of her pre-Dark Angel movies, Paranoid and The Sleeping Dictionary - and her performances in them.
- Playing Against Type: An Invisible Sign - a rare non-fanservicy role for her as a mousy, withdrawn math teacher.
- Production Posse: Has now done five films with Robert Rodriguez.
- Star-Derailing Role: The Love Guru dealt a fatal blow to her already declining career, not helped by the lukewarm responses to Machete and Spy Kids: All the time in the World. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For bombing at the Box Office was the last nail on her Hollywood career.
- Star-Making Role: Fantastic Four (2005) and Sin City. Dark Angel also brought her to a lot of people's attention (especially the male variety).