Jessica Alba: Fantastic Form (2005 Cover Story & Gallery)

Jessica Alba: Fantastic Form (2005 Cover Story & Gallery)Interview by Chris Connolly; Photography by Robert Maxwell; Click Here For Styling Credits

She’s played her share of otherworldly and comic book characters: a dark angel, an invisible woman and a stripper with a gritty past. For Complex, sultry star Jessica Alba slips out of her superhero persona and into something more comfortable.

This feature originally appeared in Complex's June/July 2005 issue.

At only 24, Jessica Alba, the olive-skinned, luscious-lipped offspring of a Mexican–Indian and Spanish father and a French–Danish mother is getting serious. She’s serious about her acting, her new man and her three major films this year: Frank Miller’s Sin City, Fantastic Four and the shark infested Into The Blue. We persuaded Hollywood’s favorite heroine to step off the comic pages and into ours.

Sin City, Dark Angel, Fantastic Four. Those are all superheros and comic books. Are you...a nerd?
Yeah, I’m pretty nerdy, I guess.

Tell us about the last time you felt really nerdy and unnatural.
Well, it’s not unnatural for me to feel nerdy. I do goofy things all the time. I trip, I knock things over. The other day, I bashed myself in the head with a door. I was in my boyfriend’s car and I closed the door with my head still sticking out.

You slammed your own head in a car door?
Yeah. I wasn’t used to his car, so I closed the door on my head. I’m not a coordinated person; I just play coordinated people.

So, who’s this boyfriend?
His name is Cash.

Yes. See? No one cares who I’m dating when they’re not famous.

We care.
I did this interview one time with someone like The Hollywood Foreign Press or something and they were all excited. They said, “Who are you dating? You have to tell us!” And I said, “He’s not famous.” And they went, “Oh. Well, okay. But we still want to know.”

Well, truthfully, we do know. Cash Warren is a producer you met while filming Fantastic Four. He graduated from Yale, and his father was an actor and a basketball player. Also, you smashed your head in his car door.
Wow. You know a lot.

It’s part of the job. Are you serious about Cash?

Do you see yourself marrying him?
[Pauses] Yes.

I started out clothed, but then as I got more comfortable I danced in shorts and boots and then in a bra and underwear.

Have you discussed it with him, or will he be surprised to read this?
No, it’s not a surprise. I think all in due time. Everything will happen when you’re ready. But I don’t feel comfortable talking about my relationship.

Too late! Did you have a favorite superhero growing up?
I loved He–Man. Remember He–Man and She–Ra? I liked Thundercats, but I loved He–Man. I had Skeletor’s whole dungeon thing.

You had action figures?

And you’ve been an action hero, right?

Have you ever gotten in the tub and had yourself battle Skeletor? Or, more aptly, Merman?
No. There’s kind of a disconnect with all that stuff. I guess I just look at it as work.

Speaking of work, word is for your role as a dancer in Honey you took six hours of dance a day. Were you similarly dedicated in preparing to play a stripper?
You know, I was terrified! I looked at the drawings of Nancy in Sin City and I was like, Whoa! That girl has some knockers! Plus she was in boots and naked and flipping a cowboy rope around. I didn’t understand how all of that was going to happen, to be honest with you.

So how did it happen?
Well, I didn’t have a choreographer. And that made me scared. Like I said, I’m a bit of a goon so when left to my own devices I tend to do stupid stuff. Knowing me, I’d be on stage and my chaps would split or my top would come off.

Heaven forbid!
I know, right? So I went to a lot of strip clubs and got a lot of music and listened to it alone. I got a lasso and listened to the songs and twirled my rope to the different rhythms.

Yes, go on.
I started out clothed, but then as I got more comfortable I danced in shorts and boots and then in a bra and underwear.

Nice. So is Cash glad you put in all this work?
[Laughs] No comment.

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