Almost a decade has passed since Jessica Alba played a leading role in cinema.
The 38-year-old actor was the girl of the posters of dreams of the 2000s. The women wanted to be her and the men wanted to go out with her.
The brunette beauty of Latin America seemed ready for a long and successful career in Hollywood, starring a series of popular films in its early days.
But it was Alba's beauty that dominated her notoriety, something she was unable to shake despite her efforts.
Alba has been in a plethora of magazine lists nicknamed as one of the most beautiful celebrities of all time. She was voted the fifth sexiest female star in a Hollywood.com vote, was named one of Playboy's 25 sexiest celebrities, and was named number one in the AskMen.com poll ranking of the 99 most desirable women.
But this image has influenced the depth of the roles she was offered, with Alba expressing concern on many occasions about being typed as a sex symbol.
Alba's big hit at celebrity came in 2000 when she was chosen for the role of Max Guevara in the American TV series black Angel, created by veteran director James Cameron.
More than a thousand actors were ready for the role, with Cameron reducing it to 20 tapes of auditions.
It is interesting to note that in the beginning he was not impressed by Alba, saying: "He had his head down, he was reading the script … it didn't look so good. But there was something in the way he read the script that hid an attitude that I liked. "
He said he kept coming back to Alba and decided he had to meet her in person.
She was hired even before the script was written.
Despite her acting ability having received praise among critics, Alba was immediately judged primarily on her appearance.
The American television critic Howard Rosenberg said of his performance: "If sulky faces and sexy walks could destroy, the very high stop Max would wipe out the entire planet".
Joyce Millman's review claimed to be "little more than lips and a **".
Nevertheless, Alba has cleaned up a series of awards for her portrait in the series.
She won the best TV actress at the 27th Saturn Awards, Star of the Year Breakout at the TV Awards guide, outstanding actress in a new television series at the ALMA Awards and Choice Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. She also received a nomination for the best actress – dramatic television series at the 58th Golden Globe Awards.
Not bad for his first big TV concert.
He then acted in the 2003 dance film, Honey.
While he received generally negative reviews, he turned the spotlight on Alba, which shone completely in the role and reinforced its profile among the Hollywood elite.
Two years later she came to the top of her game with a leading role City of sin, which is available for streaming on Foxtel and features a stellar cast including Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen and Bruce Willis.
The crime anthology film opened a huge critical and commercial success, earning $ 18.8.8 million at the world box office with a budget of $ 40 million.
Once again, the focus was on the appearance of Alba, the then 25-year-old who won the MTV Movie Award for the sexiest performance.
But that role, only a few years after his great breakthrough, would become the culmination of his acting career, with Fantastic Four go to theaters several months later for nightmare reviews.
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This film marked Alba slowly falling off the Hollywood radar.
Alba starred in the cartoon character Marvel Invisible Woman / Sue Storm in the film, along with Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahon.
A wild review in The Guardian he suggested that Alba was in the film only because of "her beauty".
"Feminists and non-feminists must absorb the Fantastic FourThe most worrying paradox: after being admitted to history for its beauty, the superpower (of Alba) is to be invisible ".
However, Alba is still back in 2007 for the sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
But he said the experience made her want to stop acting, claiming to have been severely criticized by director Tim Story.
"I wanted to stop acting," he said in an interview with Elle.
"(He told me) & # 39; Looks too real. It sounds too painful. Can you be nicer when you cry? Weep, Jessica. It was like "Don't do that thing with your face. Just flatten it. We can CGI tears in."
"And then everything made me think: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and emotions not good enough?
"People hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Can't I be a person in my job? And so I just said" Fucking. I no longer care about this business "."
She did not completely withdraw from the sector, but admitted that she had difficulty finding roles, telling PopSugar she wasn't considered white enough to play white characters, but she wasn't considered Hispanic enough to play Latin roles.
This would explain his concerts from 2007 to 2010, which were all small secondary roles with little substance.
To think Good luck Chuck, Valentine's Day, The Love Guru, Little Fockers … He made a high-profile renaissance in Taylor Swift's all-star music video for Bad blood in 2015, but his appearance was obscured by the media from the great Swift feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the time.
From 2010 onwards, Alba has established itself mainly in the spotlight.
But it was probably a luxury for her, given her dark past.
Alba was kidnapped when she was 15 on the TV series set fin, an incident that refuses to process until today.
The actor was on the set of his first show in 1996, when it is assumed that she had been kidnapped from the set and disappeared for 14 hours.
The mysterious case was dismissed as Alba did not provide any information.
Part of a conservative Christian family, Alba said she was often ridiculed in the church for her appearance.
"The older men would hit me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothes when I wasn't," he said in a 2006 interview.
"It made me feel like I was somehow desirable for the opposite sex that was my fault and made me ashamed of my body and be a woman."
Alba was also seriously ill, with various health problems.
He suffered from partially collapsed and broken lungs, asthma, pneumonia several times a year, hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Alba met her first boyfriend, who according to her took her virginity and was 13 years older than she was when she was 18 on the set of black Angel.
The actor and producer Michael Weatherly, then 32, proposed to Alba on his twentieth birthday, which he accepted.
They separated in 2003, after Alba told Cosmo about their relationship: "With Michael (Weatherly), I didn't have a voice yet, and he was much older … I was so young, 18, when I started dating with him, "she said.
"I was a virgin. I knew that I wanted to fall in love with the first person I slept with because for almost everyone I knew, the first experience made them feel like I was … I wanted to be careful that he would fall in love with me and it wasn't just leave me. "
It was during the filming of the first Fantastic Four in 2004 Jessica met the producer, now husband Cash Warren.
"He is not famous. It could be him. It was a kind of love at first sight, but I met him when I went out with someone else, so it started as a friendship," he said. Cosmopolitan in 2005.
"The first week we met, he gave me a note and signed it with a dollar sign because it's called Cash.
"He just said," I really like you, really. "And it was exactly how I felt at that moment."
Alba became pregnant with their first daughter, Honor, in 2008, and the couple got married in a secret ceremony without guests.
The couple now has three children.
Despite struggling to make it big in Hollywood, Alba is considered one of the richest actors in the world, valued at 350 million dollars.
Money Nation estimates that he earned only $ 13 million from acting alone, so how did he manage to increase his net worth so massively?
Alba ventured into the business world, starting in 2012 the Honest Company, a company of baby products and household products without chemicals.
Since then it has expanded into hair, beauty and skin care.
Alba travels to the United States educating researchers on the dangers of chemicals and promoting her products.
Within a few years, The Honest Company earned $ 1 billion, of which Alba owns between 15 and 20%.
According to IMDb, Alba currently has no agreements with blocked films. But he doesn't seem to need it.
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