Jessica Alba: On Being Shy & Funny (Sneak Peek Photos)

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Mother, wife, and actress Jessica Alba graces the upcoming December cover of Elle magazine. On the cover and inside, Jessica poses for a pretty-in-pink fashion photo shoot and talks about how her work is evolving now that she's a mom.

Ms. Alba costars in the upcoming holiday movie Little Fockers, the third in the trilogy alongside Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro, and takes on a comedic role as a sexpot pharmaceutical rep. The actress is poised to remake her image -- into a modern-day Lucille Ball. Can she do it? Well, everyone from her director Paul Weitz to Dustin Hoffman says she’s going to pull it off.

Check out a SNEAK PEEK of the Elle interview and photo shoot with Jessica Alba.


Here's a sneak peek of the photo shoot and interview you'll see in the upcoming issue of Elle magazine. Jessica looks gorgeous as ever all dolled up in fashionable pinks and looking fresh and pretty as springtime.

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Jessica Alba, on owning up to her choice of movie roles: 

"I know I haven't been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I've done. I wasn't trying to. I knew what they were."

On gaining confidence in her craft:

"I'd been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young. Every time I'd get a critique or some redirection, I'd always just take it very personally, but now I have no problem with it. It's just a chance to try things a different way. To play more with a character. It also gives me a chance to have some input, to use my voice."

On being selective with her roles:

"The time I'm not spending with my kid has to be worth it, so when I sat down with my agents after I was ready to go back to work, I told them: It's all about the directors."

On her feelings towards being a leading lady:

"Now I prefer I'm not the lead. It's a totally different approach -- way better."

On her personality:

"I'm shy. I don't like being the center of attention. But when I do comedy, I lose all inhibition and introspection. I no longer care."

On her early comedic inspiration:

"When I was a kid, I watched Lucille Ball every day. I watched Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Peter Sellers."

Alba shares a little about her Little Fockers character to MTV: "I play a pharmaceutical sales rep who is very, um, outgoing, and has no sense of personal space and she says exactly what's on her mind. She has no filter at all. She was really fun because I'm pretty much the opposite of that. It was pretty liberating to play someone who was just so open and so free and totally crazy."

To check out more of the Jessica Alba cover shoot photos, see and the December issue of ELLE, on sale November 17.

And here's the trailer for Little Fockers:

Are you excited to see Jessica Alba do comedy?

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