Her mother has Danish , Welsh , German , English , and French ancestry, while her paternal grandparents, who were born in California, were both the children of Mexican immigrants. Her third cousin, once removed, is writer Gustavo Arellano. During childhood, she suffered from partially collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia four to five times a year, as well as a ruptured appendix and a tonsillar cyst.
Career beginnings Alba in Alba expressed an interest in acting from the age of five. In , the year-old Alba persuaded her mother to take her to an acting competition in Beverly Hills , where the grand prize was free acting classes. Alba won the grand prize, and took her first acting lessons. An agent signed Alba nine months later. She was originally hired for two weeks but her role turned into a two-month job when one of the prominent actresses dropped out.
Penney as a child. She was later featured in several independent films. She branched out into television in with a recurring role as the vain Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack. Though the film was not well received by critics,  Alba's performance itself received mixed reviews. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In , Alba appeared in the film Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.
The ads photographed by Mark Liddell,   which feature Alba wrapped in and gagged with black tape, drew national media attention. Media outlets speculated that Alba would be pursued and charged with vandalism. She tweeted " equality love". The lab was announced to be a specialized room designed to keep out dust and particles, where a team of epidemiologists would research links between household chemicals and autism.
Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, when I wasn't. It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and being a woman.
Her friends at church reacted negatively to her role, making her lose faith in the church. Weatherly proposed to Alba on her twentieth birthday, which she accepted.
I was a virgin. He was 12 years older than me. I thought he knew better. My parents weren't happy. They believe God wouldn't allow the Bible to be written if it wasn't what they are supposed to believe.
Jessica's global admixture was Alba was included in Maxim Magazine's Hot list multiple times from However, she later dropped the lawsuit after receiving a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh Hefner , who agreed to make donations to two charities that Alba has supported. Campari printed 9, copies of the calendar.
Contrary to how people may feel, I've never used my sexuality. That's not part of it for me. When I'm in a meeting, I want to tell you why I'm an asset, how I'm a commodity, how I can put asses in the seats, not, 'There's a chance you're going to be able to fuck me. In an interview, Alba said she wanted to be taken seriously as an actress but believed she needed to do movies that she would otherwise not be interested in to build her career, stating that eventually she hoped to be more selective in her film projects.
Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won't get hired in some things. But I have too much anxiety".