Just who is Jessica Alba?
The actress describes herself as a "prude," yet she convincingly strikes a seductive and confident pose—while wearing a white bikini, no less!—for Entertainment Weekly's May 30/June 6 cover. Alba has long been considered a sex symbol, even if she didn't always agree with that label. In fact, during her early days in show business, the star got flustered if reporters mentioned her alluring appearance.
"I didn't have a lot of experience, so at first it was all kinds of weird," says Alba, who hit it big as the star of Fox's Dark Angel before transitioning to movies. "I'm kind of a prude, and I didn't really understand. They would always ask me provocative questions about my sexuality, my this or that."
Alba did what any actress would do in such a situation—she played a character. "Sometimes I would lie and say something that wasn't true to make myself seem more interesting that I was," she admits. "I mean, I didn't even know how to walk in heels until I went to the Golden Globes for the first time."