Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, toCatherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry,while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, IndigenousMexican and distant Sephardic Jewish, roots). Her family moved toBiloxi, MS, when she was an infant. Three years later her father'scareer brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, TX,before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine.
In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, shewas 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later shewas signed by an agent. She studied at the Atlantic Theatre Companywith founders 'William H. Macy' and 'David Mamet (I)' . A gifted young actress, Jessica has played a variety of roles rangingfrom light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career.
She madeher feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures' comedy Camp Nowhere (1994) . Originally hired for two weeks, she got herbreak when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out. Jessicacheerfully admits it wasn't her prodigious talent or charm thatinspired the director to tap her to take over the part--it was herhair, which matched the original performer's. The two-week jobstretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressivefirst credit. Two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.
C. Penneyquickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independentfilms. She branched out into TV in 1994 with a recurring role inNickelodeon's popular comedy series "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (1994) . She played aninsufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the thetitle character, played by 'Larisa Oleynik' . That same year, shewon the role of "Maya" in "Flipper" (1995) and filmed the pilotfor the series.
She spent 1995 shooting the first season's episodes inAustralia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified SCUBA diver, Jessica wasdelighted to be doing a show that allowed her to play with dolphins. The show's success guaranteed it a second season, which she alsostarred in. Her involvement in the show lasted from 1995 to 1997. In 1996 she appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as "Young Eve".
Thenext year she appeared on "The Dini Petty Show" (1989) , aCanadian talk show, and spoke about her role in "Flipper" and hergeneral acting career. She began working on P. U. N. K.
S. (1999) (V) , featuring 'Randy Quaid' , in 1998. Inearly 1998 she appeared in "Brooklyn South" (1997) as "Melissa". That same year she was in two episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) as "Leanne" and in two episodes of "Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998) . She appeared in "Teen Magazine" in 1995 and various European magazinesover the following years.
More importantly, she was featured in theFebruary 1999 issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine. She also had major rolesin two movies that year: Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999) . In 2000 she had roles in Paranoid (2000/I) and starred in the sci-fi TV series "Dark Angel" (2000) , gaining worldwide recognition. Her first starring role in a major studio film was the Honey (2003) , Universal Pictures' contemporary urban drama thatgrossed over $60 million worldwide. She has since made over 25 featurefilms that have earned a combined box-office total of over $800million, including comedies and dramas, from gritty independents tomajor studio blockbusters.
In 2005 she starred opposite'Bruce Willis' and an all-star cast in the provocative andcritically acclaimed Sin City (2005) , directed by'Robert Rodriguez (I)' and 'Frank Miller (V)' . She nextstarred as Sue Storm--"The Invisible Girl"--in Marvel'saction-franchise blockbuster Fantastic Four (2005/I) , which wasreleased by 20th Century-Fox in July 2005 and became a worldwidebox-office success with over $300 million in revenue. Jessica was part of 'Garry Marshall' 's all-star ensemble romanticcomedy, Valentine's Day (2010/I) , which broke box-office recordswith the largest opening on a four-day President's Day weekend inhistory. She starred opposite 'Casey Affleck' and'Kate Hudson (I)' in director 'Michael Winterbottom' 'scontroversial screen adaptation of The Killer Inside Me (2010) ,based on 'Jim Thompson (I)' 's novel, as well as Robert Rodriquez's Machete (2010) . She co-starred in the third installment of thehit "Meet the Parents" franchise Little Fockers (2010) , as wellas the 4D family adventure Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) , marking herthird of five collaborations with Robert Rodriguez.
Jessica was part ofan all-star voice cast for The Weinstein Company's animated adventure, Escape from Planet Earth (2013) , also featuring'Sarah Jessica Parker' , 'Brendan Fraser' and'James Gandolfini' . She appeared in the comedy A. C. O. D.
(2013) , which premiered atthe Sundance Film Festival and starred 'Adam Scott (I)' ,'Jane Lynch (I)' and 'Amy Poehler' . She made a cameoappearance in Machete Kills (2013) and co-starred in RobertRodriquez's highly-anticipated, star-studded sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) . That year she had a fullslate of acting projects, including the period drama Dear Eleanor (2016) "; The Englishman (????) opposite'Pierce Brosnan' and 'Salma Hayek' ; the IFC parodymini-series "The Spoils of Babylon" (2014) , produced by Funny orDie, with a stellar cast including 'Will Ferrell (I)' ,'Kristen Wiig' , 'Tobey Maguire' , 'Michael Sheen (I)' and'Tim Robbins (I)' ; and Stretch (2014) , co-starring'Patrick Wilson (I)' , 'Chris Pine (I)' , 'Ray Liotta' ,'Ed Helms' and 'Brooklyn Decker' . Jessica has received Golden Globe and People's Choice Award nominations,was voted TV Guide readers' Breakout Star of the Year, and won FavoriteTV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards for "Dark Angel. " She won theNickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Female Actress for herperformance in "Fantastic Four" and an MTV Movie Award for SexiestPerformance in "Sin City.
" She received another Teen Choice Award forChoice Movie Actress in a Horror/Thriller for The Eye (2008) andwas honored by the Young Hollywood Awards as Superstar of Tomorrow in2005. She has received ALMA Awards for her performances in "Dark Angel"and "Machete," as well as a Fashion Icon in 2009. .
|1||17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards||2006||as Herself|
|2||2005 MTV Movie Awards||2005||as Herself - Presenter|
|3||2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards||2007||as Herself|
|4||4: Rise of the Silver Surfer||2007||as Invisible Woman/Susan Storm|
|5||AFIs 10 Top 10: Americas 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres||2008||as Herself|
|6||Escape from Planet Earth||2013||as Lena Thackleman|
|7||Fantastic Four Video Diary Tour||2005||as Herself|
|8||How to Make Love Like an Englishman||2014||as Kate|
|9||MTV Movie Awards 2005 Pre-Show||2005||as Herself|
|10||MTV Movie Awards 2010 Pre-Show||2010||as Herself|
|11||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 03||2003||as Herself|
|12||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 05||2005||as Herself|
|13||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 06||2006||as Herself|
|14||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 07||2007||as Herself|
|15||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards||2001||as Herself|
|16||Secrets of New York Fashion Week||2015||as Herself|
|17||Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D||2011||as Marissa Wilson|
|18||The 2005 Billboard Music Awards||2005||as Herself|
|19||The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards||2002||as Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television|
|20||The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards||2006||as Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television|
|21||The 78th Annual Academy Awards||2006||as Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing|
|22||Al rojo vivo con María Celeste||2002||as Herself|
|23||Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries||2007||as Herself|
|24||Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show||2003||as Herself|
|25||Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.||2012||as Herself|
|26||Late Show with David Letterman||1993||as Herself|
|27||Live with Regis and Kathie Lee||1988||as Herself|
|28||RuPauls Drag Race||2009||as Herself - Guest Judge|
|29||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||2005||as Herself - Guest|
|30||The Oprah Winfrey Show||1986||as Herself - Guest|
|31||The Rosie ODonnell Show||1996||as Herself - Guest|
|32||The Showbiz Show with David Spade||2005||as Herself|
|33||The Spoils of Babylon||2014||as Dixie Melonworth|
|34||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||1992||as Herself|
|35||The Wendy Williams Show||2008||as Herself - Guest|
|36||101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies||2005||as Herself - Place #2|
|37||2001 ALMA Awards||2001||as Herself|
|38||2006 ALMA Awards||2006||as Herself|
|39||2006 MTV Movie Awards||2006||as Herself - Host|
|40||2007 ALMA Awards||2007||as Herself|