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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

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Season 2, Episode 10: Decoding Our Past Through DNA

Jessica Alba’s acting career began at a very early age, studying at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet. She fell in love with the craft and became active professionally at the age of 12. She went on to star in James Cameron’s “Dark Angel,” gaining worldwide recognition and her first starring role in a major studio film, the 2003 release “Honey,” Universal Pictures’ contemporary urban drama that grossed over $60 million worldwide. She has since made over 25 feature films that have earned a combined box office total of over $800 million, including comedies and dramas, from gritty independents to major studio blockbusters.

In 2005, she starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed “Sin City,” directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm ‘The Invisible Girl’ in Marvel’s action-franchise blockbuster “Fantastic Four,” which was released by 20th Century Fox in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success with over $300 million in revenue.

Jessica was part of Garry Marshall’s all-star ensemble romantic comedy, “Valentine’s Day,” which broke box office records with the largest opening on a four-day President’s Day weekend in history. She starred opposite Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson in director Michael Winterbottom’s controversial screen adaptation of Jim Thompson’s “The Killer Inside Me,” as well as Robert Rodriquez’s “Machete.” She co-starred in the third installment of the hit “Meet the Parents” franchise “Little Fockers,” as well as the 4D family adventure “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World,” marking her third of five collaborations with Robert Rodriguez.

Jessica was part of an all-star voice cast for The Weinstein Company’s 2013 hit animated adventure, “Escape From Planet Earth,” also featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Brendan Fraser and James Gandolfini. She was last seen this past Fall in the comedy “A.C.O.D,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and stars Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler. She makes a cameo appearance in “Machete Kills,” and co-stars in Robert Rodriquez’s highly-anticipated, star-studded sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” which will debut in Summer 2014.

Jessica has a full slate of acting projects on the horizon, including the period drama “Dear Eleanor”; “The Englishman,” opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek; the IFC parody mini-series “The Spoils of Babylon,” produced by Funny or Die, with a stellar cast, including Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Michael Sheen and Tim Robbins; and “Stretch” co-starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, Ed Helms and Brooklyn Decker.

Jessica showcased her comedic talents as host of the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. She has appeared in a several iconic endorsement campaigns, including the famous Got Milk? “milk mustache” campaign, a star-studded 30th Anniversary campaign for The Gap, and other prestigious campaigns in the U.S. and internationally. She has been featured in global endorsement campaigns for such companies as L’Oreal and Revlon, and she has appeared on countless magazine covers in the United States and throughout the world.

Although known throughout the world for her acting career, it is her role as a mother of two girls that inspired the launch of The Honest Company ( in January 2012, of which she is Co-Founder and President. With a line ranging from effective natural and non-toxic personal care products for the entire family to diapers and wipes to household cleaning detergents and vitamins, the products have been recognized by top parenting and eco-friendly proponents, listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide and received numerous awards and honors, including the National Parenting Publication Awards and the Natural Child World Eco-Excellence Awards. This mission-driven company and certified B Corp also is committed to giving children the best possible start, ensuring families’ well being, and safeguarding the planet through sustainable business practices — every purchase allows The Honest Company to donate time, money and product to Baby2Baby and other non-profit organizations that address critical health and social issues impacting families in need.

Last March, she released her first book and instant New York Times Bestseller “The Honest Life,” a how-to handbook based on her mission to create a natural, authentic and non-toxic life for her family. “The Honest Life” recounts her personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes), embraces non-toxic choices at home, and provides eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget. Jessica also discusses cultivating a daily eco-beauty routine, finding one’s personal style without resorting to yoga pants, and engaging in fun, hands-on activities with kids.

Jessica’s activism endeavors are extensive. She is the spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, joining leading public health experts and demanding that government leadership increase protections against toxic chemicals. In 2010, she was the global ambassador and co-chair for 1Goal with Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan and Bono, an international campaign tied to the World Cup to provide education for all. She has been an avid supporter of several other non-profits including V-Day, Healthy Child Healthy World, Step Up Women’s Network, The Children’s Defense Fund, Declare Yourself and Voto Latino. Her passion for social justice, particularly for women and children, has led to several trips to Capitol Hill. She is on the board of directors of Baby2Baby and was among Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2012 (#17), Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment, chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year at the UK Glamour Women of the Year 2012 Awards, selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Entrepreneurs, received the Entertainment Media Association’s inaugural “Green Parent” Award, and was honored with the Mt. Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center Champion for Children Award.

Jessica has also received Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award nominations, was voted TV Guide readers’ Breakout Star of the Year, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards for “Dark Angel.” She won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Actress for her performance in “Fantastic Four” and an MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance in “Sin City.” She received another Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Horror/Thriller for “The Eye” and was honored by the Young Hollywood Awards as Superstar of Tomorrow in 2005. She has received ALMA Awards for her performances in “Dark Angel” and “Machete,” as well as a Fashion Icon in 2009.Jessica was raised in a traditional American family in Southern California. Her mother’s family has a French-Danish heritage, while her father is from Mexican-Indian and Spanish lineage.

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