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Jessica Alba
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Jessica Alba in 2016
Born
Jessica Marie Alba

(1981-04-28) April 28, 1981 (age 42)
Nationality American
Occupation Businesswoman, Actress, model
Years active 1994–present
Known for Acting roles:
Max Guevara
in Dark Angel
Nancy Callahan
in Sin City
Sue Richards / Invisible Woman
in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Spouse(s)
Cash Warren
(m. 2008)
Children 3

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.

Early life

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

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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. 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.

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

Public image

Jessica Alba @ Declare Yourself Inauguration Ball (cropped)
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Alba 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.

Alba 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.

Personal life

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Alba at the premiere for The Eye in 2008

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. ..... 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

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Camp Nowhere Gail Credited as Jessica Marie Alba
1995 Venus Rising Young Eve
1999 Never Been Kissed Kirsten Liosis
Idle Hands Molly
P.U.N.K.S. Samantha Swoboda
2000 Paranoid Chloe
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 ... 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 ... 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
Meet Bill Lucy
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
2013 A.C.O.D. Michelle
Escape from Planet Earth Lena Thackleman Voice
Machete Kills Special Agent Sartana Rivera Uncredited
2014 How to ... Like an Englishman Kate
Dear Eleanor Daisy
Stretch
Barely Lethal Victoria Knox
Sin City: A Dame to Die For Nancy Callahan
2015 The Veil Maggie Price
The Wright Girls
Television shows
Year Title Role Notes
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: ... 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
4 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Fantastic Four Sue Storm/Invisible Woman

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