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Friday, April 07, 2006

Jesica Alba

Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles in Dark Angel, Honey, Sin City and the Fantastic Four.

Jesica Alba Early life
Alba was born in Pomona, California to Mark Alba and Cathy Jensen. Her father is a Mexican American, while her maternal grandfather was of Danish descent and her Canadian maternal grandmother was of French, English and Italian descent. Alba was raised in an Air Force family, living with her heavily Catholic parents, her brother Joshua, and her grandparents until she was sixteen. She grew up a sports fanatic. Her father's Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi, and Del Rio, Texas, before they settled back in California when she was nine. Alba's early life had been marked by a multitude of physical maladies, as she suffered collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia 4-5 times a year, proteinuria, a burst appendix, a cyst on her tonsils, and asthma. This served to isolate her from other children at school because, as she claims, she was in the hospital so often that no one knew her well enough to befriend her. She also revealed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that she suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder as a child. Her health improved, however, when her family moved to California.

Alba had expressed interest in acting since the age of five. She took her first acting class at age twelve, and she was signed by an acting agent nine months later.

Jesica Alba Personal life

Alba suffered anorexia and a kidney infection in 2001.

Alba was engaged to her Dark Angel co-star Michael Weatherly for a year, but it was called off when they had a falling out. In January 2005 she began dating Cash Warren, a director's assistant on Fantastic Four, whom she met when filming that movie.

Regarding children, Alba has stated:

"I'm really girly when it comes to kids. I've been surrounded by kids my whole life because I'm the oldest of 15 cousins — I've been changing diapers since I was six. I want to have a couple, for sure."

Alba announced on the UK teen Web site "Teen Today" in 2005, prior to the birth of her brother's child, that she was beginning a children's clothing line:

"About four of my girlfriends have babies so they have no time for me. I figure if I can do baby clothes maybe they'll have more time to hang out!"

She is a self-professed animal lover (although she dislikes reptiles, rodents). She also revealed that she "hates cats" in an interview with Conan O'Brien in 2001.

Jesica Alba Religion

During an interview with GQ magazine, Alba said that in her teen years she became a born-again Christian in a rebellion against her parents, but told Access Hollywood that she abandoned this 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.'"

As the daughter of conservative parents, Alba, whose grandparents did not even allow her to wear a bathing suit around the house, maintains a no-nudity clause in her contract, though she has claimed she had been willing to be nude in Sin City. 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."

Jessica Alba Trivia

* Nominated as "Worst Actress" for both Fantastic Four and Into the Blue for the 26th annual Razzie Awards.
* On E's "101 Sexiest Bodies", Alba was placed at 3rd, behind Brad Pitt in 2nd, and Angelina Jolie in 1st.
* Alba's image was used in the Need for Speed: Most Wanted computer and video game.
* Her brother Joshua appeared with her in "And Jesus Brought a Casserole," the first season finale of Dark Angel, in which he played Krit, one of her X-5 brothers who wanted to help destroy Manticore.
* She has a tattoo of a daisy with a ladybird on it on the back of her neck, one of a butterfly just above her lower back and a recently made one in her wrist, a Sanskrit symbol meaning "padma", the Sanskrit word for lotus flower.
* According to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, her measurements are 34-25-34.
* Alba revealed that she envisions a much older man as her ideal partner, having stated, "Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Michael Caine. I have this thing for older men. They've been around and know so much."
* Playboy magazine named Alba among its 25 Sexiest Celebrities, and the Sex Star of the Year in its March 2006 issue, on whose cover she appeared. Alba was involved in a litigation against Playboy for its use of her image (from a promotional shot for Into the Blue) without her consent, which she contends gave the appearance that she was featured in the issue in a "nude or semi-nude pictorial." However she later dropped the lawsuit after receiving a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh Hefner, who also agreed to make a donations to two charities that Alba's supported.


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