Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Birth Name:

Jessica Marie Alba


Sky Angel

Body Height:

1.69 m


Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (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, Indigenous Mexican, and distant Sephardic Jewish, roots). Her family moved to Biloxi, MS, when she was an infant. Three years later her father's career 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, she was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later she was signed by an agent. She studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet.

A gifted young actress, Jessica has played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career. She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures' comedy Camp Nowhere (1994). Originally hired for two weeks, she got her break when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out. Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn't her prodigious talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her to take over the part--it was her hair, which matched the original performer's. The two-week job stretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressive first credit. Two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with a recurring role in Nickelodeon's popular comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994). She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the the title character, played by Larisa Oleynik. That same year, she won the role of "Maya" in Flipper (1995) and filmed the pilot for the series. She spent 1995 shooting the first season's episodes in Australia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified SCUBA diver, Jessica was delighted to be doing a show that allowed her to play with dolphins. The show's success guaranteed it a second season, which she also starred in. Her involvement in the show lasted from 1995 to 1997.

In 1996 she appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as "Young Eve". The next year she appeared on The Dini Petty Show (1989), a Canadian talk show, and spoke about her role in "Flipper" and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S. (1999), featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 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 magazines over the following years. More importantly, she was featured in the February 1999 issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine. She also had major roles in two movies that year: Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999). In 2000 she had roles in Paranoid (2000) 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 that grossed over $60 million worldwide. She has since made over 25 feature films that have earned a combined box-office total of over $800 million, including comedies and dramas, from gritty independents to major studio blockbusters. In 2005 she starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed Sin City (2005), directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm--"The Invisible Girl"--in Marvel's action-franchise blockbuster Fantastic Four (2005), which was released by 20th Century-Fox in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success with over $300 million in revenue.

Jessica was part of Garry Marshall's all-star ensemble romantic comedy, Valentine's Day (2010), which broke box-office records with the largest opening on a four-day President's Day weekend in history. She starred opposite Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson in director Michael Winterbottom's controversial screen adaptation of The Killer Inside Me (2010), based on Jim Thompson's novel, as well as Robert Rodriquez's Machete (2010). She co-starred in the third installment of the hit "Meet the Parents" franchise Little Fockers (2010), as well as the 4D family adventure Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011), marking her third of five collaborations with Robert Rodriguez. Jessica was part of an 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 at the Sundance Film Festival and starred Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler. She made a cameo appearance in Machete Kills (2013) and co-starred in Robert Rodriquez's highly-anticipated, star-studded sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). That year she had a full slate of acting projects, including the period drama Dear Eleanor (2016)"; The Englishman opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek; the IFC parody mini-series The Spoils of Babylon (2014), produced by Funny or Die, with a stellar cast including Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Michael Sheen and Tim Robbins; and Stretch (2014), co-starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, 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 Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards for "Dark Angel." She won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Female Actress for her performance in "Fantastic Four" and an MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance in "Sin City." She received another Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Horror/Thriller for The Eye (2008) and was honored by the Young Hollywood Awards as Superstar of Tomorrow in 2005. She has received ALMA Awards for her performances in "Dark Angel" and "Machete," as well as a Fashion Icon in 2009.

Producers Filmography:

Fantastic Tour (2005)

Actors Filmography:

El Camino Christmas (2017)
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)
Dear Eleanor (2016)
The Veil (2016)
Baby, Baby, Baby (2015)
Entourage (2015)
Taylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
Barely Lethal (2015)
Barely Famous (2015)
Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)
Stretch (2014)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
The Spoils of Babylon (2014)
Machete Kills (2013)
Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
A.C.O.D. (2013)
It Has Begun: Bananapocalypse (2012)
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011)
Little Fockers: Alternate Ending, Treehouse (2011)
Little Fockers: Deleted Scenes (2011)
Little Fockers (2010)
Saturday Night Live (2010)
An Invisible Sign (2010)
Machete (2010)
Valentine's Day (2010)
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
The Office (2009)
The Love Guru (2008)
The Eye (2008)
Awake (2007)
Meet Bill (2007)
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
The Ten (2007)
Into the Blue (2005)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Sin City (2005)
Entourage (2004)
Honey (2003)
Rock Me, Baby (2003)
MADtv (2003)
The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)
Dark Angel (2002)
Dark Angel (2002)
Paranoid (2000)
Idle Hands (1999)
Never Been Kissed (1999)
P.U.N.K.S. (1999)
Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1998)
Brooklyn South (1998)
Flipper (1997)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1996)
Chicago Hope (1996)
Venus Rising (1995)
The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994)
Camp Nowhere (1994)

Selfs Filmography:

Extra (2017)
Project Runway (2017)
Entertainment Tonight (2017)
Rachael Ray (2017)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2017)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2017)
Planet of the Apps (2017)
The Insider (2017)
The View (2017)
Access Hollywood (2017)
The Apprentice (2017)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2016)
Engineering the Sequel: Inside 'Mechanic: Resurrection' (2016)
Michelle Yeoh: Secret Ally (2016)
Scoring the Action Film with Mark Isham (2016)
Statham on Stunts of 'Mechanic: Resurrection' (2016)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2016)
Chelsea (2016)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2016)
Made in Hollywood (2016)
Today (2016)
Teen Choice Awards 2016 (2016)
Barely Famous (2016)
2016 Billboard Music Awards (2016)
The Fashion Fund (2016)
Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special (2016)
FabLife (2015)
Secrets of New York Fashion Week (2015)
Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe (2015)
Good Morning America (2015)
The Chew (2015)
RuPaul's Drag Race (2015)
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014)
Conan (2014)
Weekend Ticket (2014)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2014)
E! News (2014)
Guys Choice Awards 2014 (2014)
Years of Living Dangerously (2014)
2014 MTV Movie Awards (2014)
The Dr. Oz Show (2014)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2014)
The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards (2014)
Women We Love (2013)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2013)
The Social (2013)
Hecho en América (2013)
2013 ALMA Awards (2013)
Mademoiselle C (2013)
Cupcake Wars (2013)
EcoDivas TV (2013)
Guys Choice Awards 2013 (2013)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2013 (2013)
Larry King Now (2013)
Katie (2013)
Nikki & Sara Live (2013)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2013)
The Doctors (2013)
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)
Fox and Friends (2012)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2012)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012 (2012)
Wendy: The Wendy Williams Show (2012)
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2012)
Piper's Picks TV (2011)
Piper's QUICK Picks (2011)
2011 ALMA Awards (2011)
The Talk (2011)
Lopez Tonight (2011)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2011)
A Poem Is... (2011)
Little Fockers: Gag Reel (2011)
The Making of a Godfocker: Behind the Scenes of 'Little Fockers' (2011)
The 7PM Project (2010)
The 4th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (2010)
2010 American Music Awards (2010)
Días de cine (2010)
Late Show with David Letterman (2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2010)
The Beautiful Game: The Unexpected Legacy of the World Cup (2010)
Rencontres de cinéma (2010)
2010 MTV Movie Awards (2010)
MTV Movie Awards 2010 Pre-Show (2010)
Novum Nieuws Entertainment (2010)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2010)
Xposé (2010)
Live from Studio Five (2010)
The Jay Leno Show (2010)
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards (2010)
Scream Awards 2009 (2009)
TMZ on TV (2009)
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards (2009)
The City (2009)
Ich liebe Kino - Gottschalks Filmkolumne (2008)
Mike Myers and 'The Love Guru': An Inside Look (2008)
Stand Up to Cancer (2008)
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 (2008)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2008)
Under the Knife & Behind the Camera: The Making of Awake (2008)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2008)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (2008)
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2008)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '07 (2007)
Total Request Live (2007)
NRJ 12: Scream Awards (2007)
Scream Awards 2007 (2007)
Fashion Rocks (2007)
The Teen Choice Awards 2007 (2007)
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries (2007)
Al tú x tú (2007)
Celebwatch (2007)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2007)
Guys Choice (2007)
2007 ALMA Awards (2007)
Creating an X5 (2007)
Dark Angel: Genesis (2007)
Max Resurrected (2007)
2007 MTV Movie Awards (2007)
2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards (2007)
American Idol (2007)
The 2007 TV Week Logie Awards (2007)
After the Game (2007)
Deep Inside (2007)
Knocked Up (2007)
Rise of the Silver Surfer: Behind the Scenes Production Diaries (2007)
Scream Awards 2006 (2006)
The Teen Choice Awards 2006 (2006)
Movie Rush (2006)
The Showbiz Show with David Spade (2006)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006)
2006 MTV Movie Awards (2006)
2006 ALMA Awards (2006)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '06 (2006)
17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (2006)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (2006)
Joan & Melissa: Live at the Academy Awards (2006)
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006)
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006)
Fantastic Four Video Diary Tour (2005)
Fantastic Tour (2005)
Making of 'Fantastic Four' (2005)
The 2005 Billboard Music Awards (2005)
The Reichen Show (2005)
Showbiz Tonight (2005)
Young Hollywood Awards (2005)
Shootout (2005)
Death of Celebrity (2005)
Into the Blue: Diving Deeper Into the Blue (2005)
2005 MTV Video Music Awards (2005)
Corazón de... (2005)
The Teen Choice Awards 2005 (2005)
2005 MTV Movie Awards (2005)
MTV Movie Awards 2005 Pre-Show (2005)
Sin City: The Premiere (2005)
Hot Popcorn: Movie Awards Greatest Moments (2005)
Trippin (2005)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '05 (2005)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2005)
Starz on the Set: Sin City (2005)
The Teen Choice Awards 2004 (2004)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep (2004)
La semaine du cinéma (2004)
The 31st Annual American Music Awards (2003)
The Sharon Osbourne Show (2003)
The Bronx Bunny Show (2003)
Tinseltown TV (2003)
2003 MTV Video Music Awards (2003)
The Teen Choice Awards 2003 (2003)
ESPY Awards (2003)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '03 (2003)
Punk'd (2003)
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002)
The Teen Choice Awards 2002 (2002)
WWE Raw (2002)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (2002)
Rank (2002)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '02 (2002)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002)
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards (2001)
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2001)
The Teen Choice Awards 2001 (2001)
2001 ALMA Awards (2001)
The Daily Show (2001)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (2001)
The Teen Choice Awards 2000 (2000)