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Biography for Jessica AlbaJessica Marie Alba (born Apr. 28, 1981 (32 years ago)) is an American TV and movie actress. She began her TV and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994, 19 years ago). Alba rose to prominence as the lead actress in the TV series Dark Angel (2000–2002). Alba later appeared in various movies including Honey (2003, 10 years ago), Sin City (2005, 8 years ago), Fantastic Four (2005, 8 years ago), Into The Blue (8 walls) (2005, 8 years ago), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (4 walls) and Good Luck Chuck both in 2007 (6 years ago).
Alba is considered a sex symbol and often generates media attention for her looks. She appears frequently on the "Hot 100" section of Maxim and was voted AskMen.com's number one on their list of "99 Most Desirable Women" in 2006 (7 years ago), as well as "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM in 2007 (6 years ago). The use of her image (wallpaper) on the cover of the Mar. 2006 (7 years ago) Playboy sparked a lawsuit by her, which was later dropped. She has also won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress (TV), and a Golden Globe nomination for her her lead role in the TV series Dark Angel. Her acting has also been criticized, as she has been nominated for and won numerous Razzie Awards throughout her career. Alba's offscreen, personal life has been a frequent subject of media, celebrity, and tabloid journalism.
Alba dated her Dark Angel co-star Michael Weatherly from 2000 (13 years ago) to 2003 (10 years ago). In 2004 (9 years ago), Alba began dating Cash Warren. They were married on May 19, 2008 (5 years ago), and on Jun. 7, 2008 (5 years ago), Alba gave birth to the couple's first child, Honor Marie Warren.
Public imageAlba objected to being on the cover of the magazine and filed suit, but later dropped the action.In 2001 (12 years ago) ranked at the No. 1 on Maxim magazine (55 walls)'s Hot 100 list. Alba said that "I have to go to certain lengths to use sexuality to my advantage, while guiding people to thinking the way I want them to." In 2005 (8 years ago) Alba was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, and also appeared in magazine's 100 Most Beautiful list in 2007 (6 years ago). In 2002 (11 years ago), Alba was voted as the fifth Sexiest Female Star for 2002 (11 years ago) in a Hollywood.com poll, Alba was voted #4 in the Top 10 Sci-Fi Babes, was voted in at #6 in FHM's Sexiest Girls for there poll, and ranked at #12 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" in the magazines 2002 (11 years ago) edition. In 2005 (8 years ago) Alba was ranked at #5 on the Maxim magazine (55 walls)'s Hot 100 list.
On the cover of the Mar. 2006 (7 years ago) issue, Playboy magazine named Alba among its 25 Sexiest Celebrities, and the Sex Star of the Year. Alba was involved in litigation against Playboy for its use of her image (wallpaper) (from a promotional shot for Into The Blue (8 walls)) without her consent, which she contends gave the appearance that she was featured in the issue in a "nude pictorial". However, she later dropped the lawsuit after receiving a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh Hefner, who agreed to make donations to two charities that Alba has supported.
In 2006 (7 years ago) Alba ranked #3 on E! TV's 2006 (7 years ago) 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies. In 2006 (7 years ago) readers of Askmen.com voted Alba No. 1 on 99 Most Desirable Women, while in 2007 (6 years ago), Maxim magazine (55 walls) placed Alba on the number 2 spot of their "Top 100". Both GQ and In Style had Alba on their Jun. covers, and in May, after eight million votes, FHM (UK and USA editions) named Alba the winner as "2007’s Sexiest Woman in the World". Alba has been regarded as one of the world's most attractive women, being named to Maxim's Hot 100 in 2008 (5 years ago). In 2007 (6 years ago) Alba was ranked in at #1 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2007 (6 years ago) poll, in the magazines Latvian edition. Alba was ranked #4 on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2007 (6 years ago). In 2006 (7 years ago) and 2007 (6 years ago) Alba was voted #1 as the most sexy woman in the world by the Norwegian FHM. Alba appeared in the 2009 (4 years ago) Campari calendar. Campari printed 9,999 copies of the calendar featuring photos of Alba posing sexually in swimsuits, and high heels. In 2008 (5 years ago) Alba was ranked #34 on Maxim's magazine's Hot 100 for the magazines 2008 (5 years ago) list, was ranked #2 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list, and was named in GQ Magazines' one of the 25 Sexiest Women in movie of all time.
Alba fears being typecast as a sex kitten based on the bulk of parts offered to her, commenting, "Somehow, I don't think this is happening to Natalie Portman." In the interview, Alba said she wants to be taken seriously as an actress but believes she needs to do movies that she would otherwise not be interested in to build her career, stating that eventually she hopes to be more selective in her movie projects. Alba also maintains a strict no-nudity clause in her contract. She was given the option to appear nude in Sin City by the film's directors, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, but declined 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". She remarked of a GQ shoot in which she was scantily clad, "They didn't want me to wear the granny panties, but I said, 'If I'm gonna be topless I need to wear granny panties."
ReligionAlba was a Christian throughout her teenage years, but left the church after four years because she felt she was being judged for her appearance, explaining: "Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, when I wasn't. It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and being a woman".
Alba also had objections to the church's condemnations of premarital sex and homosexuality, and the lack of strong female role models in the Bible, explaining "I thought it was a nice guide, but it certainly wasn't how I was going to live my life." Her "religious devotion [began] to wane" at the age of 15 when she guest-starred as a teenager with gonorrhea in the throat in a 1996 (17 years ago) episode of the TV series Chicago Hope. Her friends at church reacted negatively to her role, making her lose faith in the church. However, she has stated that she still holds her belief in God despite leaving the church.
Early yearsAlba was born in Pomona, California to Catherine Alba (née Jensen) and Mark Alba. Her mother is of Danish and French Canadian descent. Her father is of Mexican American descent. Both of her paternal grandparents were born in California. She has a younger brother, Joshua. Her father's Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi, and Del Rio, Texas before settling back in California when she was nine years old. Alba described her family as being a "very conservative family—a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family" and herself as very liberal; she says she had described herself as a "feminist" as early as age five.
Alba's early life was marked by a multitude of physical maladies. During childhood she suffered from collapsed lungs twice, she had pneumonia 4-5 times a year, a ruptured appendix, and had a tonsillar cyst. Due to her illnesses Alba became isolated her from other children at school because she was in the hospital so often because of her illnesses that no one knew her well enough to befriend her. Alba has also had asthma since she was a child. Alba has said that her family's frequent moving also contributed to her isolation from her peers. Alba has also acknowledged that she has suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder during her childhood. Alba graduated from high school at age 16, and she then subsequently attended the Atlantic Theater Company.
CareerAlba at the premiere for The Eye in 2008 (5 years ago).Alba expressed interest in acting since the age of five. In 1992 (21 years ago), the 11-year-old Alba persuaded her mother to take her to an acting competition in Beverly Hills, California whose grand prize was free acting classes. Alba won the grand prize, and took her first acting lessons. An agent signed Alba nine months later. Her first appearance on movie was a small role in the 1994 (19 years ago) feature Camp Nowhere as Gail. She was originally hired for two weeks but her role turned into a two-month job in a leading role when one of the prominent actresses dropped out.
Alba appeared in two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney as a child. She was later featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 (19 years ago) with a recurring role as the vain Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack. She then performed the role of Maya in the first two seasons of the TV series Flipper. Under the tutelage of her lifeguard mother, Alba learned to swim before she could walk, and she was a PADI-certified scuba diver, skills which were put to use on the show, which was filmed in Australia.
In 1998 (15 years ago), she appeared as Melissa Hauer in a first-season episode of the Steven Bochco crime-drama Brooklyn South, as Leanne in two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Layla in an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave. In 1999 (14 years ago), she appeared in the Randy Quaid comedy feature P.U.N.K.S.. After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company, which was developed by Macy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and movie director, David Mamet.
Alba rose to greater prominence in Hollywood in 1999 (14 years ago) after appearing as a member of a snobby high school clique in the Drew Barrymore (12 walls) romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the female lead in the 1999 (14 years ago) comedy-horror movie Idle Hands, opposite Devon Sawa.
Her big break came when writer/director James Cameron picked Alba from a pool of 1,200 candidates for the role of the genetically-engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara, on the Fox sci-fi TV series Dark Angel. Co-created by Cameron, the series starred Alba, and ran for two seasons until 2002 (11 years ago), earning her critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Alba later revealed that she had suffered from an eating disorder while in preparation for Dark Angel.
Alba has been well-received in popular culture. She received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress and Saturn Award for Best Actress (TV) for her role in Dark Angel. She has frequently appeared on Maxim's Hot 100 list. In 2006 (7 years ago), Alba received an MTV Movie Award for "Sexiest Performance" for Sin City. Her acting has also drawn criticism, however, as she was nominated for a 2007 (6 years ago) Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her performances in Awake, Good Luck Chuck, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. She was also nominated for the same award in 2005 (8 years ago) for her performances in Fantastic Four and Into the Blue.
Alba's most notable movie roles have included an aspiring dancer-choreographer in Honey, exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in Sin City and as the Marvel (19 walls) Comics character Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four, of which movie critic Mick LaSalle said that her performance while talking for long periods of time was on "shaky ground". She then appeared in its sequel, in Into The Blue (8 walls) later that year, and Good Luck Chuck a few years later. Alba went on to host the 2006 (7 years ago) MTV Movie Awards and performed sketches spoofing the movies King Kong (18 walls), Mission Impossible 3, and The Da Vinci Code. In February, she hosted the Academy of Motion picture (wallpaper) Arts and Sciences's Science and Technical Awards.Alba has been represented by talent agents Patrick Whitesell and Brad Cafarelli.
In 2008 (5 years ago) Alba made her acting transition to the horror-film genre in The Eye, a remake of the Hong Kong original. The movie was released on Feb. 1, 2008 (5 years ago). Though the movie was not well received by critics, Alba's performance was both positively and negatively received. Alba won a Teen Choice for Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller and a Razzie Award for Worst Actress-nomination. Also in 2008 (5 years ago), Alba starred alongside Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake (11 walls) in "box office bomb" The Love Guru. Both the movie and Alba's performance were panned by critics. Alba was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.
In late 2008 (5 years ago), Alba signed on to star as the lead role in An Invisible Sign of My Own. The movie finished filming in November, 2008 (5 years ago). The movie is currently in post-production and is set to be released in 2009 (4 years ago). Ugly Betty star, America Ferrera was originally set to star as the lead but had to pull out due to filming commitments with her TV show Ugly Betty.
Alba is set to star alongside Kate Hudson (12 walls) and Casey Affleck in the movie adaption of the book of the same name, The Killer Inside Me. The movie is currently filming. In the movie Alba will play Joyce Lakeland, a prostitute. The movie is set to be released in 2010 (3 years ago).
Alba has signed on to star in the 2010 (3 years ago) romantic comedy Valentine's Day. Alba will star alongside Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway (44 walls), Jessica Biel (57 walls), Emma Roberts (26 walls), Ashton Kutcher (6 walls), and Jennifer Garner. The movie is currently in pre-production and is set to be released Feb. 12, 2010 (3 years ago).
RelationshipsWhile filming Dark Angel in Jan. 2000 (13 years ago), Alba began a three year relationship with her co-star Michael Weatherly, which caused controversy due to their 12 year age gap. Weatherly proposed to Alba on her twentieth birthday, which she accepted. In Aug. 2003 (10 years ago), Alba and Weatherly announced that they'd ended their relationship. In Jul. 2007 (6 years ago), Alba spoke out about the break up, saying "I don't know [why I got engaged]. I was a virgin. He was 12 years older than me. I thought he knew better. My parents weren't happy. They're really religious. They believe God wouldn't allow the Bible to be written if it wasn't what they are supposed to believe. I'm completely different." Alba had at one time said she envisioned a much older man as her ideal partner, making references to Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery (5 walls), Robert Redford, and Michael Caine. She said, "I have this thing for older men. They've been around and know so much."
Alba met Cash Warren, son of actor Michael Warren, while making Fantastic Four in 2004 (9 years ago). On dec. 27, 2007 (6 years ago), Alba and Warren announced that they were engaged. Alba married Warren in Los Angeles on Monday, May 19, 2008 (5 years ago). On Jun. 7, 2008 (5 years ago), Alba gave birth to a baby girl, Honor Marie Warren, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. The first pictures (wallpaper) of Honor Marie appeared in OK! magazine, which paid a reported $1.5 million for them. Alba has said that she would like to have more children.
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