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Jessica Alba on her movies, living in Hollywood and the war in ...
Jessica Alba on her movies, living in Hollywood and the war in Iraq
Aug. 12, 2005 - Jessica Alba is on a roll. She heated up screens this spring as the sultry heroine of ďSin City,Ē the Robert Rodriguez film based on Frank Miller's graphic novels. In this summerís ďFantastic Four,Ē she certainly wasnít invisible as the Invisible Girl. (Despite bad reviews, it has earned 5 million so far-and Alba has signed on for two more sequels.) Next up, she stars opposite Paul Walker in the action movie ďInto the Blue.Ē With the ďSin CityĒ DVD coming out this week, the 24-year-old actress spoke to NEWSWEEKís Ramin Setoodeh.
NEWSWEEK: I hate to ask you this, but have you heard about all the rumors about you and Tom Cruise?
Jessica Alba: I heard it from journalists. I never actually heard it from anyone else.
Are they true? Did you meet Tom before he dated Katie Holmes?
I actually met everyone at his company for a movie called ďThe Eye.Ē Itís like a scary, cool thriller that I wanted to do. I met his entire production company, including him. They make really interesting movies.
Did anyone ever approach you about being his girlfriend?
No. Thatís so weird. I donít even understand how that would happen.
Itís a such a strange rumor, but for some reason it got out. I just wanted to give you a chance to clear it up.
I know. Thatís silly.
So you never went out on a date with Tom Cruise?
[Laughs.] Youíre still fishing. No. I have a boyfriend. Why would I go out on a date with another man? Iíve been in a relationship for a year.
Do you think youíll get married?
Eventually, Iíll get married.
One of my co-workers wanted me to ask you out on a date for him.
You have to be really, really smart if youíre going to go on a date with me. Thatís the only problem.
What does he need to know about you?
Iíve been all over the world. Iíve been working since I was 12. Iím not an idiot. Iím interested in all sorts of different things. Iím pretty educated on whatís going on in the rest of the world.
Are you political?
I definitely have my point of view.
What is that?
I canít wait for Barack Obama to run for something. Cause I am voting.
Do you think heíll be president in the future?
I sure hope so. I hope people are open-minded enough to have somebody like Barack.
What do you think of the war in Iraq?
You know, itís really none of my business. Iím not fighting. Iím not in the Army. Iím not in any of the armed forces. Iím not Donald Rumsfeld. And Iím certainly not in Iraqóan Iraqi person who has to deal with all the bullsót in my country. Iím not Afghani. I wouldnít know what that reality is like, to sit in your home and to have soldiers raiding your house because they think your kid is a spy. And explosions happening at your kidsí schools. I donít know if I could have a real educated opinion about it all. I just think itís fóked up, whateverís happening over there.
I have to say. I used to be a big fan of ďThe Secret World of Alex Mack.Ē
Oh, you were. [Laughs.] Thatís hilarious.
You were so mean on the show.
Well, it was a character. Come on.
Most people donít realize you had such a long career on television. You were on ďBeverly Hills 90210Ē as a teenager even though the other actors were much older.
It was weird. I actually stopped watching after the first season. And going on the show, they were all like grown-ups. They were not even high school or college. I was playing a girl who was giving up her baby or something.
More recently you were on ďEntourage.Ē
I was the first guest star, I think.
How do you discover the character of Jessica Alba?
I donít know. Itís funny when they write dialogue for youó'cause Iím like, "This is supposed to be me? Thatís so weird." I changed it so it was dialogue Iíd say myself. The house wasnít mine.
Do you have any beach houses?
No, I donít. Iím not that fly yet, but maybe one day.
Letís talk about ďSin City.Ē I know you had to convince them to cast you for the role.
I got cast because I did a good job. I was the actress they wanted. They didnít hire me cause they thought, "Oh, youíre hot." Or, "We think youíre going to be the next big this and that." They could give two sóts who I was. Their movie was going to be successful whoever was in the role. So they cast the best actors.
So how did you convince them youíre the best?
I donít know. I just read with a casting director.
Did you know you were going to be so talented in the art of lassoing?
I didnít think I could lasso, actually. I hit myself in the face more than a few times with a lasso in my trying to do it right. So no, I thought I was terrible.
But it didnít look that way on the screen.
That was after lots of hitting myself in the eye. There really isnít a trick. Youíve just got to do it.
Did you practice on people?
Yes. Basically, on anybody who was walking by me on the set. I kind of was like, "Could you just stand still for a second?" And they were like, "Who are you?" And Iím like, "Iím in the movie, donít worry." Iíd just lasso people and trash cans. I think I did lasso Bruce Willis. And I lassoed all of hisóhe has like a trainer and an assistantóand I think I lassoed Frank and Robert, the make-up artist, girls.
Were you nervous at all about wearing so little?
Yeah. But Iím glad I wasnít naked. Like, for the alternative, it was better wearing what I wore than not wearing anything at all. Sheís drawn naked. For me, it wasnít an option. It was an option for whoever was playing the character. They left it up to us, but I wasnít comfortable with that.
You also arenít wearing that much in your next movie, ďInto the BlueĒ?
Well, I play a shark wrangler. Sheís in the water a lotóin the Bahamas, and itís hot. It wouldnít be right if sheís wearing a full suit when itís like 90 degrees.
I hear that your costar, Paul Walker, is a very disciplined actor.
Iím just joking, Jessica!
No. He did a good job. Out of the things Iíve seen him in, this is the most you get to see of Paul. He actuallyóI donít knowógets to do more than just do one-liners and stuff. I was proud of him.
What do you think is the hardest part of being a young actress?
I donít think itís that hard. I think life is really fóking good, being an actor. We get to do what we want to do for a living. So you have paparazzi following you around. If it truly bothered me to my core Iíd fóking live in another country or Iíd live in another state even. Thereís no paparazzi in Michigan.
But wouldnít there be paparazzi if you lived there?
No, there wouldnít. People live all over in different states and they donít they get bothered. I live in LA, so of course. You live in New York, fine. Miami, maybe. Itís not a big deal at all.