Jessica Alba biography

Jessica Alba

Date of Birth: April 28, 1981

Born in Pomona, California, Jessica Alba fell in love with acting at a very early age and began studying with Los Angeles acting coaches when she was just twelve. Soon after, she landed her first supporting role in the feature film Camp Nowhere (1994). Playing the recurring character Jessica in Nickelodeon's The Secret World of Alex Mack was followed by a small part in the award-winning film Leaving Las Vegas (1995) starring Nicolas Cage, but her scene ended up on the cutting room floor. Alba bounced back with a regular role on the Australian-filmed TV series Flipper, which she was thrilled about because it gave her a chance to swim and scuba dive, two of her favorite activities.

But it wasn't until her starring role on the popular TV series Dark Angel, produced by James Cameron of Titanic fame, that Jessica began to make waves in Hollywood, earning a Golden Globe nomination. Since then, she's been listed on Maxim's Hot 100 Babe List several times and has graced the covers of Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Glamour and Seventeen. She's also a L'Oreal girl, with a worldwide endorsement contract.

Alba has also appeared in the TV movie Too Soon for Jeff (1996) and was a guest on Beverly Hills, 90210, Chicago Hope and Boston South, as well as playing supporting roles in feature films such as P.U.N.K.S. (1999), Never Been Kissed (1999), Idle Hands (1999) and Paranoid (2000). When Dark Angel was cancelled after two successful seasons, Alba landed her first starring role in a major studio film with Honey (2003). Playing a dancer/choreographer, Alba, who had no previous dance training, took aerobics and exercise classes in addition to serious dance training for months before shooting to get fully prepared.

She had to train once again, this time to be a stripper, for Sin City (2005), which featured an all-star cast. Her biggest movie hit to date has been playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four (2005), which grossed over $150 million at the domestic box office, and the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). She also played a role in the hit comedy Little Fockers (2010). She followed up with starring roles in Machete Kills(2013), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), Some Kind of Beautiful (2014), and Baby, Baby, Baby (2015). She can most recently be seen as Daisy in the dramedy Dear Eleanor (2016), and as Gina in the action sequel Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) alongside Jason Statham.

Once engaged to her Dark Angel co-star Michael Weatherly, she broke it off in 2003. Jessica gave birth to a baby girl, Honor, in June, 2008. It was the first child for her and husband Cash Warren. She then gave birth to a second daughter, Haven, in August 2011. Besides swimming, she also enjoys golf.

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