Jessica Marie Alba
Date of birth (location)
28 April 1981,
Pomona, California, USA
Height: 172cm (5' 7")
Ethnic Background: On her Mother's side - her Grandfather is Danish ; her Grandmother is half
French, English and Italian; On her Father's side - Mexican, Indian and Spanish
Born in Pomona, CA on April 28, 1981, Jessica and her family moved to Biloxi, Mississippi when she
was an infant. Three years later, her Air Force father 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 the title character,
played by Oleynick, Larisa. 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 which 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). She appeared in "Teen Magazine" in
1995 and various European magazines in the past several years. More importantly, she was featured in the February, 1999, issue
of "Vanity Fair". She also had major roles in two movies that year: Never Been Kissed (1999) and Idle Hands (1999). In 2000, she had roles in Paranoia (2000/I) and Dark Angel (2000) (TV).