Jessica Alba Honestly Thinks She’s a Good Actress. Honest.

Jessica Alba in Sin City (2005) Movie Image

Apparently somewhere along the way, someone, somewhere, convinced Jessica Alba that she’s an actual, honest to goodness actress who isn’t just another pretty face. Look, I get it — some dude wanted to get in her pants and told her some big fat lies. But apparently it stuck, because from what we’ve been hearing from Jessica Alba lately is that she’s, uh, a really good actress who hasn’t really gotten the right parts to show off her wares yet. Or if she has, she’s been torpedoed either by bad writing or bad directors.

In an interview with Elle Magazine this month, Alba famously opined this on the topic of screenwriters and what it means to be a “good actor”:

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.

Lest you think Alba was misquoted, she goes on to declare how bad directors have similarly clashed with her acting:

I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer.’ The director was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry?… Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.’

It all got me thinking Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don’t want me to be a real person?… And so I just said, ‘F*** it. I don’t’ care about this business anymore.

Screenwriter John August (“Big Fish”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory “) took offense to her first quote about good scripts, writing on his blog:

Following your logic, you’ve never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing. That may be true, but it might hurt the feelings of David Wain, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.

Again, I get it, Jessica Alba is desired and famous and she’s surrounded by Yes men and women who have convinced her she’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. I don’t blame her, but to go so publicly and say this stuff? Someone’s really been blowing lies in the girl’s ear.

Although, it could explain why she did Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me,” where she played a prostitute who gets murdered. That is probably her most daring and most “actress”-ish role to date. (And no, I don’t consider playing a stripper who never actually strips in “Sin City” to be very risque whatsoever.) The rest of her filmography? Not exactly signs that someone wants to be taken seriously as an actress, or someone who “just say whatever they want to say.” I’m just sayin’.

Jessica Alba in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Movie Image

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  • OK Records

    Jessica Alba and Megan Fox should do a movie together. That would be 100% Oscar material right there. Two fine, underrrated actresses.

    Yeah, right.

    • ULIK

      You’re right and they need to watch what they say so that they don’t get blacklisted. They can EASILY be replaced.

      • OK Records

        Easily, and hopefully replaced. Though, it appear that Ms. Fox has already found her way to that list of the black as you pretty much never hear from her anymore…Which is a good thing.

  • ULIK

    If any actor wants to hone their acting skills they need to “Theater”. It’s a different ball game at doing Broadway plays,if you can’t act then you don’t get a part,no matter how famous you are. Some actors actually go back to theater acting to rehash and hone their skills and get rid of weaknesses. While some actors are too snobish too do theater or think it doesn’t pay enough, the smart ones who love acting for the art of it actually go back to do theater. Even Scarlet Johannson has moments of good acting and has gone back for training through theater.

  • Miamimi21

    You’re a douche. Stop hating.

  • Josh

    She did pretty well in The Eye, honestly. Haters gonna hate.

  • Ebonyadams2013

    Well jess alba is a crapy actress and she seems like a bitch too and plz she is not all that and shes a bitch bye trolls

    • lola

      u know one day all of you are going to end up being hated and right now you r so shut the fuck up all of you and the person who posted this needs to take it down because Jessica alba is still an amazing actress and so is megan fox

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        Can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic…or have an IQ of 20…
        As for Nix being hated? I seriously doubt it, the man writes funny stuff, he regularly makes me smile. If you don’t like it, well no one’s forcing you to read this site are they?

  • Nunegro

    One decent role does not a good actress make I am afraid. I enjoy looking at Ms. Alba, but I never at her acting ability. That is why we arguably have someone like Natalie Portman.to get an attractive woman who can act pretty well.

  • lola

    she is a great actress stop hating because you probably didn’t get your shot when you thought you earned it so stop hating you bastard