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Pictures of Jessica Alba in the December Issue of Elle 2010-11-04 15:00:00

Jessica Alba Talks Comedy, Criticism, and Honor in Elle

Jessica Alba models various shades of pink for her dreamy December Elle cover shoot. Inside, she talks about figuring out the next phase in her career and even admits to knowingly taking on less-than-challenging roles in her past. The actress, who is currently at work on Spy Kids 4, says Honor is her top priority these days and being a mom has made her more picky with projects. Jessica has been enjoying family life during her breaks from the set and spent Halloween with Honor before dressing up as a zombie for a concert. Here are highlights:

  • On her past roles: "I know I haven't been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I've done. I wasn't trying to. I knew what they were."
  • On going off-script: "Good actors, never use the script unless it's amazing writing. All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say."
  • On her newfound confidence: "I'd been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young. Every time I'd get a critique or some redirection, I'd always just take it very personally, but now I have no problem with it. It's just a chance to try things a different way. To play more with a character. It also gives me a chance to have some input, to use my voice."
  • On why she loves comedy: "I'm shy. I don't like being the center of attention. But when I do comedy, I lose all inhibition and introspection. I no longer care.”
  • On balancing work and family: "The time I'm not spending with my kid has to be worth it, so when I sat down with my agents after I was ready to go back to work, I told them: It's all about the directors."

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Join The Conversation
amofoz amofoz 6 years
Its one thing to improvise here and there and quite another to "never use the script". She should just shut up.
chocolate79 chocolate79 6 years
I like her when she doesn't talk and just looks pretty.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I love the pictures, especially the colors. What she said about good actors going off script isn't total nonsense. Some of the best dialog is improvised. An example would be When Harry Met Sally.
anya82 anya82 6 years
She looks so cute and innocent and that fabulous pink top on the cover screams "I'm sweet as pie." But what she had to say in the article....I was caught off guard. Now I think Jessica Alba is a bit of a snob.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
Oh Jessica, it is better for you to just look pretty and don't talk. Every time she opens her mind, she says something offensive or stupid.
Daniellaaa Daniellaaa 6 years
She's a bit full of herself isn't she?
white-rabbit149683 white-rabbit149683 6 years
I'm usually indifferent towards her but those two comments about going off-script and the last one about the directors...geez...talk about false sense of reality.
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