One of the crop of bright-eyed, dewy-skinned young actors to attain teen idoldom and a regular paycheck during the late 1990s, Jessica Alba closed out the century as one of Hollywood's more promising new talents. Born in Pomona, California, on April 28, 1981, Jessica Marie Alba, whose father was in the Air Force, moved with her family to Biloxi, Mississippi, when she was an infant, but she eventually moved back to California nine years later. It was back in California that she embarked on an acting career; having been in love with the idea of acting since she was five, Alba took her first acting class at the age of 12, and nine months later, she landed her first agent. She got her start on television, making appearances on shows like Beverly Hills 90210, and she made her film debut in the 1994 kids comedy Camp Nowhere. Originally cast in a minor role in the film, she got her first big break when the principal actress dropped out and she was asked to take over. Following her debut, Alba did a great deal of work on television. She got her first substantial film role as the object of the protagonist's disastrous affection in the teen horror comedy Idle Hands in 1999; that same year, she played one of the nasty popular girls who terrorize Drew Barrymore in the romantic comedy Never Been Kissed. The following year Alba made waves on the small screen when she was cast in the much hyped Fox series Dark Angel. Executive produced by James Cameron, the rising starlet was cast as a genetically-engeneered woman who escapes from the lab and joins a cyberjournalist named Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) in his neverending fight against a crime in a post-apocalyptic future. Though the series was cancelled after two seasons, Alba continued to appear in such features as Paranoid (2000) and The Sleeping Dictionary (2003).
A gifted young actress, Jessica has already played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career three-and-a-half years ago. She recently guest-starred in an episode of the acclaimed medical drama "Chicago Hope." This fall, she will also be seen starring opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. as a pregnant teenager in a difficult relationship in the ABC TV movie "Too Soon For Jeff." Two national television commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into television in 1994 with a recurring role in Nickelodeon's popular comedy series "The Hidden World of Alex Mac." She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the title character, a girl with magical powers. That same year, she won the role of Maya in "Flipper" and filmed the pilot for the series. Jessica spent 1995 shooting the first season's episodes in Australia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified scuba diver, she is delighted to be doing a show which allows her to play with dolphins and participate in her favorite sports.
With Jessica's growing popularity on the Internet after her role in Flipper and her exotic looks (Jessica's ethnic background consists of Danish, French and Mexican), it's no wonder that James Cameron cast her as the lead role in his television series, Dark Angel. These traits of course, are bonuses next to the fact that she can act...
Nicknamed "Sky Angel," Jessica has been featured in Teen Magazine and Vanity Fair, and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2001, for Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series.
After a long engagement to her older co-star Michael Weatherly (Logan on Dark Angel) from 2001 to 2003, Alba has been spotted with Mark Wahlberg.
The L'Oreal model (Alba is a Feria hair color spokesperson) returned to the scene with the title role in 2003's Honey. In 2004, she'll add Into the Blue to her filmography.
Jessica Alba stars ''Into the Blue''
Just off the coast of Nassau, there are two boats. Paul Walker is on one of them, watching a few crew members who are working on the flick "Into the Blue" clown around on jet skis, while Jessica Alba prepares for a heavy-duty stunt sequence off the other side of the island. There are also sharks in the water.
"I think all animals can sense fear, so when I'm in the water with the sharks, I just try to stay as relaxed as possible and control my breathing," explained Walker, running a hand over his closely cropped hair.
"There have been times when my heart has been pounding in my chest," added the actor, who grew up seeing sharks in Southern California. "I know that when people [see the shark scenes] in this movie they are going to think they have to be computer generated. But all these sharks in this movie are real."
Professional surfer Chris Taloa, who got his acting break when "Into the Blue" director John Stockwell cast him in "Blue Crush," has seen actual shark attacks. But still, when the script called for his bit villain to get in the water with the deadly animals, he didn't complain — even when he ended up getting his foot caught in an eight-foot tiger shark's mouth for a second. "Either I'm dedicated, or I'm a straight moron," he joked.
Why all the underwater danger? "Into the Blue" is an action movie about a pair of treasure hunters (Walker and his "Varsity Blues" co-star Scott Caan) pursued by vicious criminals after they stumble across a sunken plane loaded with cocaine. "I play this guy Jared whose lifelong ambition is to be like Indiana Jones. We come across some treasure with this cocaine [beside it] and it's a race for the treasure and to [escape from the drug dealers]," Walker explained.
Alba plays Jared's girlfriend, Sam, who battles bad guys (and sharks) beside him. The scuba diving wasn't exactly new territory; after all, she was on the TV show "Flipper" when she was 14. "Usually actresses lie about what they can do so they can get a role," Alba said, laughing. "They were showing me what a scuba tank was. I grabbed it and I was like, 'Just tell me what you want me to do.' I was the only one that had been certified. Everyone else had to learn all that stuff for the movie."
Stunt accidents weren't anything new for the 23-year-old "Honey" star either, who dislocated a few ribs and suffered from whiplash during the two years she spent starring on TV's "Dark Angel." And when you're swinging a giant hook around on a shaky vessel, somebody is bound to get bloody.
Dressed in a skimpy tank top, flip-flops and ratty jeans, with a constant supply of water and fake blood being refreshed all over her, Alba grappled with Taloa for one of the film's many action scenes. Over and over, she pretended to stick him in the shoulder with the hook and drag him across the boat as the second unit director demanded take after take.
Suddenly, Taloa's screams sounded all too real. Genuine blood started pouring out near his arm. A medic patched him up and, after a quick rest, they went at it again.
"When I have a hook in my hand I'm just praying that I don't hurt [anyone]. That's all I'm thinking, that I'm going to get it in his mouth or in his eye and yank it and rip open his face. I'm trying to think happy thoughts while I'm doing it while looking angry at the same time," Alba said afterward. "Mostly I just don't want to hurt anybody."
Shortly before they broke for lunch, Taloa — wildly charismatic with a beard, messy hair and "six-pack" abdominals — put his arm around his co-star and let her know it was no big deal after all. "I'm going to tell people that Jessica Alba gave me this scar," he said with a wide grin.
Although he's putting giant hooks in their hands and dropping them in shark-infested waters, Stockwell, who starred in movies like "Top Gun" before he started directing in the mid-'80s, is more concerned with safety off the set than on. "I'm just thinking about what incredible shots we're getting. I have an expert crew of water safety people and shark experts.
"I'm more worried about what these guys are doing at night, when they're driving home from some club at three in the morning."
And what are they doing? Walker bought a boat of his own to do some sport fishing and he kept in constant contact with his daughter via telephone. A lot of kids in the Bahamas know him from "The Fast and the Furious," so he'd talk about cars with people in the streets. "I think a lot of times I catch them off guard, because I really am a gearhead," he said.
"A lot of people recognize me from 'Honey,' so a lot of the sisters are like, 'Yo, can you bust a move' and 'You got to teach me how to dance' and stuff," Alba said. "They are very welcoming and chill down here, you never feel unwanted. I mean, they are so chill that if you're super hungry, don't go to a restaurant, because it takes an hour to get anything."
Nobody knows more about the warm reception in the Bahamas than Tyson Beckford. Though the actor/model's role in "Into the Blue" is little more than bad-guy henchman, he ended up signing the most autographs. He even paid a traffic ticket for one fan.
But despite the sandy beaches, the jet skis and the fans, by the end of the four-month shoot, just about everyone was ready to go home.
"I daydream about my house, my two little pugs, and how cozy my bed is," Alba said.
"I love doing fight scenes — it's second nature — but I'd have to say it'd be nice to be shooting in L.A.," she continued. "I told my makeup artist, 'Wouldn't it be great if all I had to worry about was what color eye shadow I should wear, or whether my hair should be up or down?' I'm swimming with sharks, holding my breath for minutes at a time, fighting somebody with a hook. I have to cut off a guy's hand. A guy gets shot in front of me."
Holding a hand above her eyes to block the sun, she concluded, "It'd be nice to do a romantic comedy."
"Into the Blue" wrapped shooting in February. It's due in theaters next spring.
Jessica Alba: Dancing Queen
"Honey" is a hot choreographer who follows her dream on her own terms. Frequent video director Bille Woodruff (R. Kelly, Nelly) found the leading lady for his first feature in Jessica Alba, a sexy starlet who is also following her dream on her own terms. When opportunity knocks, she answers, but it's no easy entry into her new career. Alba talks to MTV News' Vanessa White Wolf about "Honey" and why she won't be the next screen star to cross over into music.
MTV: How do you think "Honey," your first starring role — you're the one on the poster — fits into your career? Is this the movie you wanted to put you out as a lead?
Jessica Alba: I just want to work, you know? And at the end of the day, I got to be a dancer. I always wanted to be a dancer when I was a kid, and for one reason or another I couldn't. I got to fulfill that dream to be a dancer and that was primarily why I wanted to do it. When the opportunity arose, I was like, "How can I pass this up?"
And there are other technical things that went along with it. When I was traveling overseas, I realized what an influence hip-hop and dance had on the rest of the world, from the kids in Japan, in Germany, in France, in London, I mean everybody. It's something that transcends race, and I love that, 'cause I never want to put an emphasis on anything. I think we're all part of the same world and it's something that certainly is a common ground for all the kids, so I knew it would reach out to everybody.
MTV: Are you going to continue dancing, maybe go into music?
Alba: Oh no. No, no, no. I'm an actress [laughs]. My next movie is "Into the Blue" with Paul Walker. It's a water movie. ... It's kind of a remake of "The Deep," an action thriller about four people who discover some treasure but there's a big plane of cocaine on top of the treasure and they have to deal with that, so all these things happen.
MTV: You're one of the good guys?
Alba: Yeah, I'm one of the good guys!
MTV: Were you a fan of the hip-hop artists in "Honey" before you did the movie?
Alba: Yeah, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine. I knew Tweet, one of her hits. Jadakiss and Sheek, I wasn't very familiar with. And I wasn't familiar with [Lil'] Romeo, but I knew his dad, [Master] P.
MTV: What about after the movie, are you a bigger fan?
Alba: Pretty much the same. Missy especially, I've always loved her. When she first came out with "The Rain," that video, I was like "Wow, who's this?" She's not doing the sexy thing, she's not trying, she's just herself and she's creative. Her beats are amazing and she produces all her own stuff and I think she's awesome. She continues to surprise me.
MTV: Did you think it was easier doing this movie with Bille Woodruff, a first-time film director who has been doing music videos for so long?
Alba: Definitely. It definitely put my mind at ease when it came to making the videos look really good. Normally videos have a million, million and a half dollars to shoot a big video, we had maybe $150-200,000. And so Bille knew how to cheat it and to make it look good and real and different. Each video looked completely different from one video to the next, and I thought he did a great job. I think he's a great storyteller. He really knew all these characters and he let us all have free range. It's not that deep of a movie. It's not supposed to be that deep. It's just a good time.
Jessica Alba: The Woman We love
Though I never went in for the sci-fi show Dark Angel, I mourned its demise. Why? Because it meant the end to Fox promos featuring a karate-kicking Jessica Alba in tight leather. Now Alba's trying a movie career—this month's offering is Honey, in which she plays a struggling dancer—and I couldn't be happier. Here, two excellent reasons why she deserves to be a Woman We Love:
She had a brief fling with born-again Christianity when she was a teenager, but it ended after a corrupting stint at David Mamet's acting school, where she had to curse like, well, a character in a Mamet play.
She has a surprising prudish streak. Her most scarring childhood memory? Seeing two dogs going at it in the front yard. They had to be pried apart by an elderly woman: "It was the most disgusting thing I've ever seen."
Jessica Alba is on of "The Fantastic Four"
The last of Saturday's panels was from 20th Century Fox and saw some big ensembles for this and next Summer go up on the block. First up was "Alien vs. Predator" which showed off some clips . After it came one of the more anticipated ones of the convention - the panel for "The Fantastic Four". All but one of the major cast were there (Chris Evans was busy in Boston), as were Producers Avi Arad & Ralph Winter, along with Director Tim Story. Shooting begins up in Vancouver in four weeks with much of this cast only having signed onto the project in the last month or so.
Fans have been heavily expressing concern that the film would be treated as a comedy, an accusation Arad is quick to deny - claiming it to be more an action drama with some comedy elements, but all in all its quite emotional with each of the characters having to take a personal journey.
The Thing will NOT be CGI, rather Michael Chiklis will be wearing a full-body prosethetic suit, complete with fake teeth. Alba is already blond dyed for the part. No word yet on who'll be playing Dr. Victor Von Doom, the villain of Latverian heritage whose costume will be slightly altered (not too much) from the comics.
Will we see a love triangle? In roundtable interviews afterwards, Chiklis says "Not in this installment. You're referring to the love triangle between Ben Grimm, Reed Richard and Sue...I thought you' were talking about my girlfriend. I think that's a later thing for down the road. There is no triangle here. It is a square".
Alba indicated her 'moderating' skills will come into effect in the movie - "Yeah, between The Thing and Johnny. I keep Ben from strangling his best friend for making him the way he is. And from Doom becoming a maniacal, evil bad guy. She's trying to keep everybody together. She just wants everyone to be okay. And it seems like when she's trying to do that everyone is so caught up in their problems, that that's when she disappears. So it’s very metaphorical. I love it".
One aspect to be explored will be the fact that these heroes have no secret identities. Says Alba "What's great is that Johnny Storm he acts as every Pop Star young guy who’s in Star Magazine, the People Magazine, the US Weekly. He gets a bunch of money, and the cars. He loves it, and he's living out the fantasy of every pop star American Idol, Pop Star wannabe guy. Yeah. Mr. Fantastic is a scientist, and all, in his head, and he doesn't capitalize on the fame thing. And I think actually Ben Grimm has a really difficult time with it, because he can't get away from it".
What about the costumes - "The costumes are very cool. We do have spandex, and we do have gloves and boots. The 4 is on our chest" says Alba. Chicklis confirmed his makeup job will take around five hours.
Jessica Alba's New Beau!
Jessica Alba -- formerly linked to Yankee Derek Jeter and actor Michael Weatherly -- is in love with a guy who is both athletic and creative! Jessica, 23, has been dating producer Cash Warren, whom she met on the set of her upcoming film Fantastic Four. Cash, 25, is the son of actor and former college basketball player Michael Warren (Hill Street Blues) and an accomplished athlete himself: The Yale grad was a star on his high school's basketball team! According to a source close to Jessica, Cash -- who works as an exec for the production company overseeing Fantastic Four -- showed up on the set this past fall and the two "just hit it off." And as pics from the two's New Year's holiday in Miami prove, they still are!
More fun stuff about Jessica Alba
Sister of Joshua Alba
Was #1 on Maxim's Hot 100 Babe List. 
Her mother has a French-Danish heritage, while her father descends from Mexican- Indian and Spanish lineage
Was voted the fifth Sexiest Female Star for 2002 in a Hollywood.com poll. She reported plans to wed fiance Michael Weatherly .
Her show "Dark Angel" (2000) was canceled after two seasons on Fox.
Vote #4 in the Top 10 Sci-Fi Babes in 2002 for her role as Max in Dark Angel
Loves to play golf.
Has started training in dance and Tae Bo two months prior to the start of scheduled filming on her new film, Honey (2003). [July 2002]
Voted in at #6 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition.
Graduated high school at age 16.
Has a tatoo of a daisy with a ladybug on it on the back of her neck.
Her second cousin is skateboarding legend Steve "Salba" Alba.
Broke off her long engagement to co-star Michael Weatherly ("Dark Angel" (2000)) in 2003 but has reconciled recently.
She co-starred in one epidode of "Dark Angel" (2000) with her brother, Joshua Alba, entitled "...And Jesus Brought a Casserole." He played, Krit, one of her X-5 brothers who wanted to help destroy Manticore in the Season 1 finale.
Engaged to "Dark Angel" (2000) costar Michael Weatherly. [May 2001]
Mentioned in the D12 song "My Band".
Was "Punk'd" on the Ashton Kutcher-hosted MTV show in 2003. Dax Shepard showed up fully nude at a clothing store Jessica was patronizing, following Miss Alba around the store and exposing his "business" to the blushing actress as she tried to shop for clothes. The soon-to-be Mrs. Michael Weatherly was a good sport after being informed it was all a practical joke, taped for the short-lived MTV show.
Though it is common for actresses and female pop stars to strip down to various states of undress for magazine layouts and movie/TV scenes, she has stated that she is a very modest girl and would never do a nude scene or pose topless in a magazine. The future Jessica Marie Weatherly has posed for men's magazines fully dressed, however.
Ranked #12 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Jessica Alba: From Dark Angel To Beautiful Killer
Jessica Alba isn't completely ready to shed her kick fighting days. The former "Dark Angel" actress will be starring in a live action version of the comic book "Beautiful Killer" for Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment.
"Beautiful Killer," published by Black Bull Comics, centers on 19-year-old Brigit Cole, the albino daughter of two secret agents who is driven to seek vengeance after her parents are killed because of their involvement in the spy world. Of course Brigit's parents, who raised her in seclusion teaching her all the tricks of their trade, provided her with hidden bank accounts, contacts, disguises and gear just in case anything happened to them.
"This is very cool, dark material that at its core is about a girl who loses her family to mysterious killers, flees and ultimately chooses to exact revenge," Alba tells Variety. "The chance to shape a character and story from its inception is a luxury for an actress."
Alba will also serve as executive producer on the project. The actress will next appear in the film "Honey," in which she stars as the title character, a tough sexy dancer from the inner city, who becomes a successful music video choreographer. However, her success is threatened when her mentor gives her an ultimatum: either sleep with him or get blacklisted within the industry.
The comic book's title is expected to be dropped when "Beautiful Killer" makes its transition to the screen.
Jessica Alba: 'Dark Angel' will touch on more sci-fi
Fox's Dark Angel seems to have sparked a trend in TV drama this season: the empowered young female action hero, evidenced in ABC's upcoming Alias and Thieves and three other new series featuring ensemble casts.
But Angel, which made a star of Jessica Alba, is fine-tuning its mission as the show moves to Friday, installs a new executive producer and adjusts to the off-screen wedding plans of Alba and co-star Michael Weatherly.
"We're focusing a little bit more on the sci-fi and futuristic aspect of the show rather than politics" of Alba's resistance fighter, says new executive producer Rene Echevarria.
Angel, co-created by James Cameron (Titanic) concerns a genetically enhanced human, conceived by the evil Manticore conglomerate, who escapes from her handlers and teams with cyberjournalist Logan Cale (Weatherly) to battle corruption.
In the first season's finale, Max (Alba) was recaptured and presumed dead by Logan. But before she escapes anew, she discovers hers wasn't the only experiment: A new race of "transgenics," melding human and animal DNA, is discovered, as well as specially purposed soldiers. "We were looking to add some additional sci-fi elements to the show and sort of beef up the peril for Max with some of the characters conceived at Manticore with her," says Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman. "We felt it would continue to grow the concept and keep it fresh, rather than having her battle the bad guy of the week."
New recurring characters include Asha (Ashley Scott), who becomes a potential love interest for Logan; Joshua (Kevin Durand), a half-man/half-beast; and Alec (Jensen Ackles), a sexy but arrogant guy assigned to a reluctant Max as her "breeding partner." Angel's biggest challenge this season, which begins Sept. 21, may be its new time slot, Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, where Fox has struggled to find its young audience.
But Echevarria points to a history of successful sci-fi series on Fridays, from the first Star Trek to The X-Files.
As for the impending Alba-Weatherly nuptials, "Mike and Jessica are really committed to the show and each other," Echevarria says. He concedes that "off-screen romances can hurt on-screen romances," but in this case "I don't detect it. If they were playing husband and wife, explicit boyfriend and girlfriend, you might see changes." But producers have deliberately opted to stop short of making them an item on the show: "You never want to consummate completely and kill the romantic tension in this kind of storytelling."
'Dark Angel' To Marry Co-Star
Last season's It girl Jessica Alba is being pulled off the market -- the single market, that is. Alba and her "Dark Angel" co-star Michael Weatherly are engaged, their publicists confirmed on Tuesday. When previously asked about the rumored relationship between them, Alba, 20 and Weatherly, 32, told the press they're "just good friends." This would be the first marriage for Alba and the second for Weatherly, who was previously married in 1995 to actress Amelia Heinle and with whom he has a son. The two worked together on the soaps "Loving" and "The City" and divorced after two years. Details of how long the co-stars have been dating or when the marriage is expected to take place have not been released. The announcement puts to rest rumors that Alba was actually involved with show producer James Cameron who has a reputation for becoming involved with his leading ladies.
'Queen of the world' Jessica Alba wants to be an A-list star
Jessica had the looks to make us believe she was a genetically-enhanced woman in the sci-fi hit Dark Angel, and has the body to make any guy want to go see a chick flick like Honey. Even though she's been away from the spotlight for a few years, Jessica has always been on our minds. After big-screen roles in Never Been Kissed and Idle Hands, Jessica became the first "It" girl of the century as the title role in James Cameron's sci-fi TV series, Dark Angel. Back from a short hiatus, she starred in the hip-hop dance flick, Honey, in 2003.
She may only be in her early 20s, but Jessica Alba has seen a meteoric rise in fame in a short period of time and managed to stage a successful comeback, a feat that is almost unheard of in Hollywood. As the young star of the kiddie TV show Flipper, Jessica managed to make a leap to the big screen as the bitchy high schooler in Never Been Kissed. A mere year later, she became "queen of the world" as the woman behind James Cameron's FOX hit, Dark Angel. The rest, as they say, is history.
With an attitude, a chip on her shoulder and a whole lotta drive, Jessica Alba proves that she's no one-hit wonder, time and time again. Jessica is the antithesis of Jennifer Love Hewitt. Nice? Yes, she can be nice, but what for? How many people actually get ahead in life by being nice? Jessica is one of those women who sees ambition as a virtue.
Don't let her age fool you; she wants to be an A-list star. Her acting abilities have yet to be really tested, so you can't quote us on her talent yet, but if it's anything like the rest of her package, watch out. In this age of instant information, it's become standard knowledge that one way to measure the popularity of a celebrity is to see how often they are searched on the Web. Here's a little insider information: she's one of the most searched women on AskMen.com. Any wonder why?
Jessica Alba is smokin'. Whether she was kicking butt as Max on Dark Angel or kicking it to hip-hop as Honey in the movie of the same name, Jessica has the body, booty and beauty to make us want to be her slaves. Jessica Alba may be a child star, but luckily (for everyone), she hasn't faded into obscurity or the world of made-for-TV movies. After making her debut in the 1994 film Camp Nowhere, Alba was cast in the TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack. In 1995, Jessica Alba could be seen in TV's Flipper, but she became more known for a kidnapping incident during the show's filming. Talk about being in demand...
Thankfully, she was unharmed, and even had the good fortune of moving on to the big screen, with roles in the teen horror flick Idle Hands (1999) and the hit Drew Barrymore comedy, Never Been Kissed.
But 2000 proved to be her lucky year, as she starred as Max, a genetically-engineered teen, in the FOX sci-fi series, Dark Angel. Alba became TV's brightest new star, James Cameron's darling, and apparently the best thing about the show. And the critics agreed: Jessica was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Young Artist Award and an ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) Award, all for her performance in the series.
After Dark Angel's demise in 2002, Jessica was gone (but not forgotten) for a short while, only to re-emerge as the star of 2003's box-office hit, Honey. She was even Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher when she was confronted by a nude shopper in the MTV celeb reality series. Anyone with strawberry-like lips will always score well with us. There are a million and one analogies we can use to better describe her, but why bother? She was gorgeous as a dark-haired angel, and she's even sexier with her honey-colored hair and tanned skin. It's that simple. There's only one way to describe Jessica's style: sexy. It seems that Jessica has recently become very fond of low-cut, spaghetti-strap evening gowns. God bless whoever invented spaghetti-strap dresses.
Jessica knows how to dress her age, but when the occasion calls for it (like an awards ceremony or premiere), she knows how to stop traffic with a classy evening gown. And not just any evening down: a very low-cut, tight one. We love her in anything from suits and skirts to T-shirts and jeans. But we'd really like to see her in one of the golf outfits she wears while hitting the links.