JESSICA ALBA (Sydney Wells) fell in love with acting at a very early age, becoming active professionally at the age of 12. She began studying with acting coaches in Los Angeles and, shortly thereafter, landed at the Atlantic Theatre Company, where she studied with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet.
Alba first achieved worldwide recognition as the lead character in James Cameron's "Dark Angel," Mr. Cameron's first project after the history-making TITANIC and his first television venture. In the series, Alba portrayed Max, a genetically-enhanced human prototype who escapes from her government captors only to live out her life on the run in the underground of 21st Century Seattle. In the series' first season, she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a People's Choice Award. She was voted the TV Guide Award as Breakout Star of the Year by readers, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. "Dark Angel" has been a success around the world, helping to establish her as an international star.
Her early feature film credits include 20th Century Fox's NEVER BEEN KISSED, starring and produced by Drew Barrymore, as well as the thriller, IDLE HANDS for Sony Pictures. She later starred as the title character in Fine Line Features' romance THE SLEEPING DICTIONARY, a period drama which co-starred Brenda Blethyn, Bob Hoskins, Emily Mortimer, Noah Taylor and Hugh Dancy. Her first starring role in a major studio film was the 2003 release HONEY. The contemporary urban drama from Universal Pictures grossed over $60-million worldwide.
In 2005, Alba's film career began to catch fire. She starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed SIN CITY, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm 'The Invisible Girl' in Marvel Comics' action-franchise blockbuster FANTASTIC FOUR, which was released by 20th Century Fox in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success, with over $300 million in revenue. Later the same year, she starred in the 2005 underwater action-adventure INTO THE BLUE.
In 2005, the combined worldwide box office for FANTASTIC FOUR, SIN CITY and INTO THE BLUE totaled over half a billion dollars. There is talk of a sequel to SIN CITY and the next installment of the popular comic book adaptation, FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, opened worldwide in June 2007 to international box-office success.
Alba was seen most recently in the psychological thriller AWAKE with Terrence Howard, Hayden Christiansen and Lena Olin. She recently starred opposite Dane Cook in the romantic comedy GOOD LUCK CHUCK and has completed filming Paramount Pictures' THE LOVE GURU, opposite Mike Myers, which will open in Summer 2008.
Alba has appeared in a several iconic and lucrative endorsement campaigns including the famous Got Milk? "milk mustache" campaign and was featured in a star-studded 30th Anniversary campaign for The Gap, as well as other prestigious campaigns in the U.S. and internationally. She recently signed a global endorsement contract representing Revlon, joining an elite group of beauties representing the brand, including Halle Berry, Eva Mendes and Sheryl Crow.
She showcased her comedic talents as host of the 2006 MTV Movie Awards and she has appeared on countless prestigious magazine covers in the United States and throughout the world.
Although many would describe her as an exotic beauty, Alba was raised in a traditional American family in California. Her mother's family has a French-Danish heritage, while her father is from Mexican-Indian and Spanish lineage.
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