Jessica Alba for Marie Claire UK Magazine

Posted on August 18, 2014

Jessica-Alba-Marie-Claire-UK-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Jessica Alba covers the September 2014 issue of Marie Claire UK magazine in Louis Vuitton photographed by David Roemer and styled by Jayne Pickering.

On her past roles: “I don’t know if I was ever typecast, I just made very safe, boring choices as an actor and I take full responsibility for that. It wasn’t the roles it was probably the way I translated them. I was afraid to be fearless and bold. I was young, I was afraid of being criticized, and I wanted to appease everyone.”

On the industry being harder when she started out: “There’s much more diversity now; there’s a wider range of successful actresses and beauty. We didn’t have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler starring in movies when I was starting out. Halle Berry wasn’t an Oscar winner and there was no Jennifer Lopez.”

Jessica-Alba-Marie-Claire-UK-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Collection


Jessica-Alba-Marie-Claire-UK-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Marchesa Fall 2014 Collection


Jessica-Alba-Marie-Claire-UK-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 Collection

[Photo Credit: David Roemer for Marie Claire UK Magazine]

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  • MilaXX

    How do you Oat Biel in colorful clothes? Also? Shut up. You started on a show that actually had a multi-cutural cast.

    • WendyD

      I was going to say, “safe/boring choices starting out”? She was the lead actress/heroine on a dark sci-fi show before we were watching dark sci-fi shows all the time. The show wasn’t THAT great, but it wasn’t a boring role for a young actress!

      • lunchcoma

        My guess would be that she’s talking about the string of forgettable action movies and rom-coms that followed Sin City. She also makes a point of saying that it was her translation, not necessarily the roles themselves. That’s about as close as someone can get to saying that she screwed up her own career with her lousy acting without saying it outright, and…I have to say, I think she’s right. She got a lot of chances, and she never managed to impress as anything other than a very pretty girl.

        • BayTampaBay

          I liked her in Machete and Machete Kills. I am sure I will like her in Machete Kills Again!

        • NinjaCate

          Yeah, I was actually impressed with that response. She sounds like she’s taking responsibility for her career and for not having been able to break out.

        • Gaby

          Jessica Alba and Carmen Carrera forever remind me of each other for that exact reason of “never manag[ing] to impress as anything other than a very pretty girl.” Also because they sort of look alike.

        • demidaemon

          Agreed. It was rather surprising of her to basically say she phoned it in early on.

        • H2olovngrl

          She was funny in Idle Hands…

      • Little_Olive

        But to be fair, she does say that it’s not the material’s fault but her own.

      • ChelseaNH

        I suspect she’s talking about the period where she had more choices available to her.

      • KiP07

        She did basically play “hot girl” in Never Been Kissed and Idle Hands before she was on Dark Angel. She might be referring to that or her bit parts on tv shows.

    • leahpapa

      I’m so glad she paved the way for Jennifer Lopez. o_O

    • nicewilliams

      The Secret World of Alex Mack?

      • MilaXX

        Dark Angel

  • Pepper Pan

    At first glance I thought she was Rose Byrne. Weird.
    Loving the wrecked-yarn-sortofblurry-dress on her, tho.

    • quiltrx

      In that last shot she REALLY looks like Rose Byrne.

    • Monica

      I thought the same thing!

  • Danielle

    The Marchesa is lovely, but they absolutely ruined it with the just-showered hair.

    • barbarienne

      I’m ignoring the hair because that’s the only outfit that really looks good on her. The 3rd is atrocious. The first is a horrible dress and makes her look weirdly proportioned around the shoulders and neck, but she’s managing to work it. She’s wearing the first dress, it isn’t wearing her. It’s such as chaotic mess and would be a bad choice on most women.

  • KT

    That cover shot is awful (as is that dress – FUG), but the second shot is gorgeous. Nice bone structure, girl. The third shot is a little hollow and dead inside, which are also great adjectives to describe her as a person.

    • Kent Roby

      The cover looks like Marie Claire trying to be Seventeen. Just bad.

    • Clash D

      Thank you! I agree with you on all the photos.
      I remember her guest judging on PR a few seasons back, she seemed sweet. She always looks sad in real life though.

  • boweryboy

    She’s no model.

  • Anna

    Normcore & Jessica Alba. Goody.

  • Dany

    Hey, she may be super boring and such, but that first quote is very self aware.

    • Glam Dixie

      If you’re boring and you know it clap your hands! If you’re boring and you know it clap your hands! If you’re boring and you know it and you really want to show it, if you’re boring and you know it clap your hands!

      • H2olovngrl

        So awful, yet so true.

      • demidaemon

        HAHAHA! I loved that game as a kid though (without the boring part, of course).

    • Nikko Viquiera

      It is! And I like her a bit more because of that quote.

    • Nicholas

      Gift basket for the publisher.

    • Alison

      Let’s all stop and contemplate the phrase, “afraid to be fearless.” I just…

      • Kent Roby

        I’m too busy thinking about the unimaginable.

    • H2olovngrl

      Yeah, but that last one probably pissed off a lot of women who have worked very hard in her industry for a long time.

      • Kent Roby

        I’m surprised to find out that Alba was “acting” before JLo was even born!

    • Sam Smith

      Agreed, that first quote is so fantastic I can’t believe she conjured it up herself. If she did, she just went up many points in my book, and if she hired a publicist to tell her to say it she still gets points.

      I can’t think of anything she has done as far as acting that is as impressive as that quote.

  • hughman

    Jessica Alba and the Mystery of the Sideswept Rat’s Nest.

    • sugarkane105

      Her first “fearless and bold” role.

  • Kitten Mittons

    “So, I’m going to prove everyone wrong by looking totally boring and safe in this photo shoot, but in clothes that are way too complicated for me. Also, I let them sweep my hair to the side. See? RANGE!”

    • Anna

      “Look at all the different ranges of the way I tilt my head to the side.”

      • Kitten Mittons

        “I can do straight up, 15 degrees, AND 30 degrees. It’s just a little something I’ve been practicing.”

        • Anna

          Fearlessly and boldly!

          • Kent Roby

            I’m totally afraid of her fearlessness!

  • crash1212

    There was ALWAYS a JLo. Also, she’s lovely in that Marchesa.

  • jen_vasm

    Wow, a 3 strike fail: ugly dresses, dull posing and an insipid interview. Annnd, yer out!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      There is something odd going on below the waist in that Marchesa dress on the runway model. I don’t know if it is a shadow, but it’s a bit weird.

      • The Counselor

        “Polterwang,” tm The Fug Girls (I think).

  • Kristi Mitchell

    her hair looks crusty, like she’s just gone swimming in a pool all day, for a week straight.

  • Glam Dixie

    I can’t even with this one.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’m really excited to buy this magazine and learn all about Jessica Alba’s “business brain.” I hope it’s like “business socks.”

    • Anna

      You know when she’s down to her socks it’s time for business, that’s why they’re called business socks.

      • ashtangajunkie

        Come sit next to me, friend. I’ll buy you a drink for being so awesome.

    • Little_Olive

      What are “business socks”? The lesser cousin of “business chaps”?

      • Gaby

        Flight of the Conchords reference. Youtube for Business Time.

        But basically yes.

    • kryten8

      (She is co-founder of a super successful organic products business) (don’t let that distract you from FOTC reference).

  • International Model

    What chapter is “I will renounce all my past work and blame myself because you will TOTALLY LOVE MY NEW PROJECT!” in the book?

    Also, I want to live in a world where JLo will hear that quote and will leave immediately from wherever she is for “educational reasons”.

    • DuBey2

      THANK you! Oh Please, JLo, please deal with this.

    • demidaemon

      Oh, she already knows. She and Leah Remini are now preparing.

  • Mr. J.

    The dress she’s wearing on the cover is just….is just….WHAT IS THAT?

  • LoveThisSite

    Is anyone else seeing that photoshop fail in the Prabal Gurung

    • Chattygal

      Holy crap, her bionic leg is loose.

    • Glam Dixie

      I think it was a two page magazine photo that was put back together for the web picture.

      • LoveThisSite

        Ah that makes sense

    • Kitten Mittons

      Are…are her feet on backwards?

  • wisenhar

    Wait, did she just essentially say, “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler aren’t as pretty as I am?”

    • alyce1213

      Truth: “I’ll never be as talented as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler . . . or Halle or Jennifer Lopez.”

    • TwiddlyStun

      Or possibly she said “there wasn’t a lot of exposure for females who were funny when I started.” That’s how I read it, but I tend to be a generous reader. Not implying that she herself is funny or Oscar-worthy, but rather saying there’s a wider variety of women in the entertainment industry eye now than there was 15 (? guessing ?) years ago.

  • decormaven

    Wha? Jennifer Lopez has been on the scene since the early 90s, with On the 6 released in 1999. In 1999, Notting Hill was one of the top-grossing films of the year, performance driven by Julia Roberts. Hilary Swank won the 1999 Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry. Jessica was of legal age by 1999. I’m a bit confused by her recollections.

    • alyce1213

      I call bullshit, period.

    • Anna

      Tina Fey was also head writer on SNL in 1999. The same year that Jessica Alba basically was a glorified extra as 1 of 3 snobby girls who were mean to Drew Barrymore’s character in “Never Been Kissed.”

      Maybe her “business brain” had the Y2K Problem.

      • sugarkane105

        “What’s up, Kristen?” “…It’s KIERSTEN.”

        Miss Alba’s most memorable moment in the whole movie.

    • marlie

      And JLo had already played parts on several TV shows AFTER In Living Color by the time Jessica had her first role.

  • Wink

    She’s smiling in the cover shot. Considering that she is photographed smiling about as often as Victoria Beckham, that must be a ‘fearless and bold’ move for her.

  • KendraMR

    Funny story: the night when she and Demi Lovato were on “Watch What Happens Live”, my mom looked up and said, “Who are they? I don’t know those hos!” I’ve never laughed some hard in my life. Then she went on to ask, “Is that Abraca Ville (She seemed to combine Alba and Biel names together.)? What movies have I seen her in? “. Which I replied, “That’s Jessica Alba and you have never seen any of her movies”. I wish we all were lucky to not have seen a Jessica Alba movie.

    • demidaemon

      I remember first seeing her on the poledance for the first Fantastic Four movie. My thoughts included “who is this girl?,” “why did they pick someone so lame (and young) to play Sue Storm?,” and “man, she cannot act to save her life.”

  • MarissaLG

    What a pretty face. Bless her heart.

  • quiltrx

    “Look, I can model as well as I can act! What is that giant paper bag over there for?”

  • NurseEllen

    She looks very good, if very pale–almost post-visit by the vampire Lestat–in the Marchesa.

  • Little_Olive

    What amazing teeth she has.

  • LeelaST

    Her examples of diversity & “actresses” are laughable. (And I loved Sin City)

  • Alicia

    I think “I chose mediocrity” will be my get out of gaol free card into the future.

  • KinoEye

    Youthquake? What new devilry is this? Seeing it next to “normcore” on a list of fashion trends scares me.

    • demidaemon

      I’m with you. I’m too scared to google it, though.

  • halleygee

    On the cover shot she looks like Winnie Cooper.

  • DuBey2

    Looking at the cover shot, compared with the LV runway look of that dress, I FINALLY think I get what Nina means by “Editorial” Because the cover look DOES grab your eye & is at least interesting & different, whereas the Runway look: Not a dress that looks good to most of us. So Editorial must mean ” it ONLY looks good/interesting when most parts of it are hidden in a photo-shopped pic AND next to colorful words depicting inane magazine articles.”

  • DuBey2

    Hate the Prabal Gurung. Hope this is not indicative of his overall work.

  • uprightcitizen

    There was no Jennifer Lopez? How old IS she? Actually, a quick perusal of IMDB shows that they started about the same time. Lopez made “Selena” in 1997. These pictures are pretty enough, but she looks like a teenager on the cover, and that’s kind of weird.

  • kfizz

    “There wasn’t a JLo.” For shame, Jessica Alba. For shame.

    Not only had JLo been working visibly for 10 years before 2000’s Dark Angel, Selena was a huge hit in 1997, and On the 6 in 1999 and JLo in 2000 made her a global superstar. Puh-lease.

    • CNM

      Not to mention that she was a Fly Girl on In Living Color in 1990!

    • CatLady

      I think she meant waaaaay back in the beginning for the film industry. Alba’s first professional acting job was in 1994 and Jennifer Lopez’s first professional acting job was in 1993.

  • suzq

    Boy are those some ugly dresses. They should only be worn in carefully photographed, magazine editorials.

  • suzq

    It’s heartwarming to see Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig repurpose used air conditioner filters for their Fall 2014 Collection.

    • t bell

      Snort, right on the money with that comment, suzq.

  • frannyprof

    Dumbest sound bites ever. Seriously. And, like she’s making bold choices now? Girl, please.

  • bananafish

    she looks…sleepy.

  • Jacob Bowen

    That Prabal Gurung is INSANELY ugly!

  • demidaemon

    Seeing “normcore” and “youthquake” as bylines makes me want to claw my eyes out. She also sounds marginally more intelligent and self-analytical than expected here. Huh.

  • Evil Edie

    Whomever did the makeup should be fired. Straight up. Doesn’t even look like her.
    In regards to the interview I’ve always respected Jessica Alba to say “Yeah, I kind of suck.”. She had the foresight years ago to say that she knows she is pretty much in roles because of her looks and needs to step it up if she wants to be legitimate. Cest la vie.

  • cocohall

    Bless her heart. And her business brain. I would hope the drivel TLo chose to excerpt would be completed with some reference to her “journey” elsewhere in the article. The journey that brought her to launch (fearlessly and boldly) her natural products line. Look, if she keeps repeating the narrative her PR group came up with frequently, eventually it will become “fact.” If Kathy Ireland can make a fortune selling lighting, what’s to stop Jessica? I’m actually quite impressed that she was able to get a cover. Is she more popular in the UK?

  • Miss wks

    what the eff does this woman do in real life? She used to be an actress, right? What does she do now? So bored by her….

  • Ali2044

    She strikes me as one of those women who was always beautiful from a young age and hence, never had to develop any discernible talent other than being attractive. She’s always coasted on her looks and now she’s looking back with hindsight going “Huh, well kind of ballsed that up, didn’t I?”. I can respect that.

  • altermyego

    I’ll give her a lot of credit for making it look like these are some great dresses. Because once you see it head to toe on the model, ooh, not so much.
    The picture of the model in the second dress looks like she has a huge dong.


    Does the Marchesa model have a package on purpose?

  • in a pickle

    I find her ‘back in the day’ quotes a bit humorous- she’s 33. JLO was huge by the time Alba was about 18, Halle Berry won an Oscar when Alba was, maybe, 20.