Jessica Alba Biography:

Jessica was born in Pomona, CA on April 28, 1981. Her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi when she was an infant. Three years later, her father, who worked in the Air Force, brought the family back to CA, then to Del Rio, Texas, before finally settling in southern CA when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, Jessica was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later, she was signed by an agent.

A gifted young actress, Jessica has already played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career 3 and a half years ago. Jessica 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. Penny quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with recurring role in Nickelodeon's popular comedy series "Secret World of Alex Mack, The" (1994). She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the title character, played by 'Larisa Oleynick. That same year, she won the role of Maya in "Flipper" (1995) 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, Jessica was delighted to be doing a show that allows her to play with dolphins. The success of the first season of "Flipper" lead to the filming of the second season, which Jessica also starred in. Jessica's involvement in "Flipper" lasted from 1995-1997.

Since "Flipper" Jessica has appeared in a number of television shows and movies. In 1996, Jessica appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as Young Eve. In 1997, Jessica appeared on the "Dini Petty Show", a Canadian talk show, and talked about her role in Flipper and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S. (1998), featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998, she appeared in "Brooklyn South" (1997), as Melissa. The same year she was in two episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990), as Leanne and in two episodes of "Love Boat: The Next Wave, The" (1997).

By 1999 Jessica Alba was getting more and more popular. She appeared in a huge number of magazines. She played a supporting role in the movie "Never Been Kissed" which was released in spring. A month later she found herself with a lager role in Idle Hands, as Molly. After the release of those two movies, she landed the starring role in "Paranoid".

Jessica broke out in 2000 when James Cameron, the Academy Award winning producer of Titanic tapped her to star in Dark Angel, his FOX television series about a genetically enhanced human prototype who escaped her military handlers as a child who lives in a dreary, futuristic version of Seattle named Max Guevara. The series got off to a controversial start as FOX decided to run the season premiere opposite of the Presidential Debates, leading many too question the integrity of the network. The move certainly paid off for the show though, as it received huge ratings which have helped the series off to a much better start than the last FOX series to star a high profile female sex symbol, Jennifer Love Hewitt.

In May 2001, Jessica put rumors to rest by officially announcing her engagement to Dark Angel co-star, Micheal Weatherly. Despite Dark Angel’s initial popularity, ratings plummeted in the second season, and the show was canceled. But it succeeded in making Jessica a popular up-and-comer in Hollywood.


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